Bill Arceneaux

Bill Arceneaux

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Independent film critic. Progressive po' boy. Moviegoing romantic. Member of SEFCA. Rotten Tomatoes approved.

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  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★★★

    This heightened moment in the affirmative, this documented life too "alive." Keery's Kurt is the perfect bee in the hive. Found footage? Collab content, bro. A live cinema fiction, not a glitch in our matrix.

  • Panic in the Streets

    Panic in the Streets

    ★★★★★

    More than a plague, the thing catching on in the streets of 1950's New Orleans is that search for an edge. Whether it be economic or moral, they're crawling and scratching through the French Quarter to get one up on life, health be damned.

    Every scene has something going on somewhere in the shot, it's amazing. Well composed, well-framed, well-produced, well presented. A plot almost designed for B-Movie status, elevated by every available element possible - from cast to crew and back again.

    A solid anxiety attack of errors. Great.

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★★

    Pixar makes bringing the abstract and the intangible up to the surface look so very easy and beautiful. The level of clarity and craft on display is terrific and masterful. So many scenes glow; they just... glow, with colors, textures, and light. And of course, the story itself and the composition of shots are as clever and impactful as ever.

    From INSIDE OUT to this to... what's next? I can't wait.