Thursday, December 3, 2020

Alan Cerny

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Alan Cerny has been writing about film for more than 20 years, for such sites as Ain't It Cool News, CHUD, Birth Movies Death, and ComingSoon. He is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society since 2011. STAR WARS biased. Steven Spielberg once called Alan a "very good writer" and Alan has the signed letter to prove it, so it must be true.

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Conflict is the basis of drama, and there are few dramatic conflicts as powerful as the exploration of class. Everyone alive feels that conflict...

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Rian Johnson's Knives Out is an engine of perfect entertainment. From the opening moments, we are swept into the story and characters, and it feels...

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