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Eric Melin’s “Nebraska” Is a Warm Place to Be

In response to Eric Melin’s 772‑word review of Nebraska on

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For fans of Eric Melin’s on-air film reviews for KCTV5, be forewarned: “‘NEBRASKA’ ANOTHER STOIC, COMIC EXAMINATION OF MIDWEST FROM PAYNE” does not feature video of his appearance. Repeat: if you’ve come to look upon Melin’s Dave Grohl-esque visage, you will be disappointed.

There. Now that that’s out of the way; on to the review. Melin, as always, delivers a perfectly pitched analysis of Alexander Payne’s latest dramedy in Comic Examination.

There’s a simplicity to Melin’s prose and style of critique that belies great depth. He’s able to take complex critical ideas and whittle them down into beautifully plain, clean premises. This is mostly thanks to prose of gorgeous clarity that manages to carry Melin’s thoughts smoothly and quietly.

It’s a breeze to read because he doesn’t try to do too much or be something he’s not. There’s no stuffy intellectualism or hipster posing, nor is there a jokey tone that drowns everything else out. It’s straightforward, quiet, and uncomplicated reviewing done to absolute perfection.

Melin’s insights are original; even for a film that’s been reviewed ad nauseam, he finds new wrinkles (i. e. Woody Grant is an anagram of Grant Wood, painter of American Gothic).

This is critique that will please layman and aficionados alike. Read it now.    

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