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MOVIE LISTS: 8 Great Silent Performances

“We didn’t need words.  We had faces!”  So says hoary silent film star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  The medium of film does provide that great acting enhancer: The Close-Up.  But a performance is so…

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FOREIGN FILM OSCAR REVIEW: ‘A Trip’ (Slovenia)

Grade: B- Let’s say I told you I’d just seen a character-driven film about young woman and two twentysomething guys taking a road trip to the beach, in days filled with self-discovery and youthful indiscretion. …

New on DVD and Blu-Ray: October 2, 2012

Top 5 Blu-Ray/DVD Releases 5 - Dark Shadows Tim Burton’s okay, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the classic horror soap arrives today in three versions: DVD, Blu-Ray, combo.  The special features are just fansite-like featurettes, so it’s…

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Quick Takes – 10.01.12

Elles Grade: C- | 1st Viewing In Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, Banky (played by Jason Lee) says “All every woman really wants, be it mother, senator, nun, is some serious deep-dicking.”  Now Banky is supposed…

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New on DVD and Blu-Ray: September 25, 2012

I don’t even want to have an article for today. Today was a special day, you see, a day I had been longing for since I saw the mouth-watering preorder announcement on Amazon. Today, Readers,…

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BLIND SPOT: The Good, the Bad, and the…

Quentin Tarantino has been described as a director that’s “all style and no substance,” by dozens of critics in reviews of almost all of his films, and by thousands of people in the depressing intellectual…

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Religion and Cinema

People are often surprised when I tell them I studied religion at school.  It doesn’t really seem to fit my personality.  The common question is “Why would you study religion?  Did you want to be…

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Quick Takes – 09.17.12

Society Grade: C- | 2nd Viewing If Brian Yuzna’s name is unfamiliar to you, it may help to know he is the director of such delectables as Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (tagline: “If…

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MOVIE LISTS: The Greatest Concert Films Of All-Time

Want to make a concert film?  Film a concert, and you’re done!  At least, that seems to be the philosophy of most concert documentarians, especially in today’s era of quick MTV specials and smartphone-captured performances…

Malick to the Wonder

A Letter to Terrence Malick

Dear Mr Malick, You don’t know me.  There’s no reason you should, especially since I’m not sending this letter to you, but instead posting it on the internet for a bunch of people I don’t…

Little White Lies

REVIEW: Little White Lies (2012)

Grade: C The American stereotype of French films is that of a string of conversations, languidly paced, with little plot connecting them apart from the troubled relationships and intersecting desires of idle, upper-middle-class characters.  People…

REVIEW: Premium Rush (2012)

Grade: C+ I hate “non-stop action” movies. Movies are usually given this descriptor when a tone deaf director or editor thinks that the only way to keep excitement going is to have the entire movie…