Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano, Danso Gordon, Novella Nelson, Chris Owen, Alison Pill, Mark Webber
Written by: Lars von Trier
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105
Date: 01/01/2004
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Dear Wendy (2005)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Reign of Firearms

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Lars von Trier wrote this diatribe against gun violence -- especially American gun violence -- and the result is mixed. It begins well, with Dick (Jamie Bell) becoming fascinated by an antique gun and forming a Fight Club-like gun cult, centered around strict rules, rituals and non-violence. But, when an unknown element, Sebastian (Danso Gordon), enters and stirs everything, he causes the predictable violent climax. Dick narrates the entire film as a love letter to his gun, Wendy. Von Trier and former "Dogme 95" director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) have a true passion for details, but can't help indulging in the same exploitation elements that they decry, including a gratuitous topless scene. Bill Pullman appears to be having fun, though, in his co-starring role as a cop named Krugsby.

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