Monthly Archives: September 2010

Five Film Favorites: French New Wave

Almost 50 years ago the British took American rock ‘n’ roll and began reinterpreting it. The result was a fresh sound, more true to the rockabilly and R&B roots of the genre than most of what was then playing on … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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What to Watch When You’re Watching at Home: Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men

Democracy is loud. Even Plato knew this, all those centuries ago. There’s a line in The Republic where Socrates grumbles about the din of a government run by the citizenry (which is odd when you consider he wasn’t a guy … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: American Detective Movies

There are so many good films about clever detectives solving mysteries that I expect this week’s edition of my five favorites series will draw some comments from readers who want to chide the list-maker for leaving off one of their … Continue reading

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The Five Best Film Going Experiences I’ve Had

The premier of Henry Hampton’s groundbreaking six hour documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement EYES ON THE PRIZE at The Film Forum in New York, 1987: I’ve never sat under a projection beam in a dark theater so moved … Continue reading

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Wild At Heart

Sometime in 2007, I learned that David Lynch would be accompanying a screening of INLAND EMPIRE to the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Per the film’s tour schedule, said pairing of man and movie would occur no closer … Continue reading

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What to Watch When You’re Watching at Home: Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour

You set the paper down, wondering what to do this weekend. The movies at the local Cineplex seem uninspiring, or perhaps the thought of being at a theater, no matter how nice, just doesn’t float your boat. Sometimes, the joy … Continue reading

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