Category Archive: Film

Mar 07 2010

One critic's feisty defense of Avatar

Airtalk had their annual roundup of critics at the Egyptian Theater to comment on the films nominated for the Academy Awards this year. I haven't yet seen Avatar, but I'm a pretty big admirer of James Cameron as a filmmaker. Most of the panel frankly hates Avatar, degrading it as a childish ripoff. This leads …

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May 03 2009

A classic Bernard Herman story

ok, so I'm an NPR-listening lefty. Anyway, I was surprised to find no reference on the web to this classic story that Henry Sheehan told on Airtalk's Filmweek (which I highly recommend) about Oscar-winning composer Bernard Herman: A director poked his head into the scoring stage where Herman was conducting the score he had written. …

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Aug 27 2008

Don't be hatin' on Slither

I happened to start watching Slither last night. Sounded like another of the cheap horror flicks we're inundated with each year, but my curiosity was piqued by the inclusion of the always winning Nathan Fillon. Lo and behold, it's great! From the middle of the film forward I laughed more than at all the recent …

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Sep 25 2004

Sublime Dissatisfaction: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure and David Lynch's Blue Velvet

With popularity comes banality, or perhaps the reverse is true. Film, since its inception (commencing basically as soon as Edison lost his patent stranglehold over it) has been a burgeoning art form, beginning with Griffiths, Lang, Milestone, up through the likes of Fellini and Hitchcock, and into recent times. While there is no shortage of …

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Jul 12 2004

Recent movie roundup

Quick opinions on the following movies I've seen recently: Spider-man 2, 2004 Anchorman, 2004 All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930 The Bicycle Thief, 1948 The Big Sleep, 1946 Wonder Boys, 2000 The Bells of St. Mary's, 1945 Read on for the reviews. Spider-man 2 (2004) Even with the typically blurry projection that I saw, …

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