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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