Daniel Barnes @ the SN&R/CO Springs Independent (7/10 issues)

index#barnesyardbumps:

*The setup of Bong Joon-Ho’s meditative sci-fi action epic Snowpiercer may be high-concept times a thousand, but the obviousness of the symbolism is so inextricably interwoven with the forward momentum of the plot and so well complemented by Joon-ho’s comic-book style and sick humor, you can’t help but buy in.

#barnesyarddumps:

*Begin Again is director John Carney’s blatant attempt to recapture the magic of his 2006 surprise hit Once, and if it seems churlish to hold this shiny new product’s feet to that previous film’s lo-fi flame, blame Carney for rubbing our noses in it.