Monthly Archives: October 2010

Five Film Favorites: Film Noir

We’re told the term “film noir” was first applied to stylish and cynical American crime dramas in 1946. A French critic, Nino Frank, used it in an article about films made in the USA during World War II that he … Continue reading

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What to Watch When You’re Watching At Home: The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Weary. That’s how I would describe Robert Mitchum. Even when he was a maniacal beast, as in Night of the Hunter or Cape Fear, he appeared to be carrying the weight of the world on those massive shoulders of his. … Continue reading

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The Revelation of Ultra 16mm

Introduction 16mm has gone through many wonderful changes over the years.  It was originally created in 1923 by Kodak as an amateur format, but today it holds its own as a professional gauge right along side 35mm and 65mm.  No longer restrained to industrial, … Continue reading

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Eastwood’s Exceptional Men

The release of Hereafter marked the thirty-fourth time a Clint Eastwood directed film hit the big screen. It seems nearly impossible that at eighty years old Eastwood is somehow becoming more prolific in churning out films. Since 2000, Eastwood has … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Mini-Movies We Take for Granted

This week I’d like to delve a bit into some of the movies playing at the local cinema. Not the big-budget Hollywood blockbusters or the indie flick that comes and goes, but rather the trailers–those often wonderful mini-movies before the … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: American Politics

With the midterm elections just 12 days away, the scent of politics is in the air. Can’t you smell the tea brewing? Yes, this is the year of the Tea Party Effect. No doubt, some of this year’s unusual politicians … Continue reading

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Richmond Home Movie Day a (Small Gauge) Success

The James River Film Society’s Home Movie Day 2010 event (held at the Richmond Public Library-Main Branch) wasn’t overrun by people bringing their home movies like we were in 2005 and 2006 but the people who came brought beautiful little … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Jean Arthur

Is it wrong to be in love with someone, oh, sixty-eight years your senior? Who is, I might also add, uh, deceased (and for almost two decades)? Honestly, you can’t blame me–it’s nothing I can control. I mean, you’ve seen … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Directors

Most of my favorite movie directors are good examples of what film aficionados like to call auteurs. And, yes, my five favorites are all dead, so they can‘t keep doing what the prolific Martin Scorsese has been doing to beat … Continue reading

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Diamonds in a Shoe Box: Home Movie Day returns to Richmond

It’s been a few years since the James River Film Society (formerly Richmond Moving Image Co-op) hosted a Home Movie Day event, but come this Saturday that oversight will be about as memorable as the flickers of darkness between the … Continue reading

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