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Mark Jenkins Creates Pop Art in “Manly Malice”

In response to Mark Jenkins’s 617‑word review of Out of the Furnace on NPR

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It’s unclear if Mark Jenkins is indeed the Andy Warhol of film criticism, but his latest creation, “A Furnace Fueled By Manly Malice,” is a highly enjoyable work that may lead one to experience a temporary brain freeze.

The header image of Manly Malice oozes machismo. The selection of Jenkins proves that he is a great image mind, and recognizes the power of a goateed, rifle-carrying Christian Bale. “Boom. That’s how I begin a review, says the critic.

Jenkins references venison chili in the first paragraph of Manly Malice, which means that he is clearly either on to something or perhaps on something. Connoisseurs may   think “Hmm. Pure Jenkins brilliance,” but the average Joe may say “Whoa, MJ, whoa. Just review, friend.” Regardless, it’s a catchy open that will surely be discussed online.

Manly Malice is pure fluff for the first portion, but MJ gets it goin’ on in the latter half. Directorial techniques are examined with sweet care, and the stylized prose brings weightiness to the insight on cinematography and character juxtapositions. Jenkins doesn’t acknowledge the performances, but his smooth-talkin’ prose does the job when mixed with the satisfactory analysis. It’s a pleasant experience.

Mark Jenkins crafts an intriguing work with Manly Malice, and it’s frightening to think about what he could accomplish with an A+ effort.    

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