Monthly Archives: February 2011

This Week’s Birthday: Thelma Ritter

Jorge Luis Borges once wrote that we mistake the peace of the cemetery for death, when “what we long for is sleep and indifference.” This longing, to let go of the world’s troubles and finally taste some of that sweet … Continue reading

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Screening Recommendation: The Cove (and the REFF)

I am encouraging everyone to do something that I know I will not (or cannot) do: attend the Richmond Environmental Film Festival‘s (REFF) showing of The Cove (2009) at 5:00 p.m. at the Byrd Theatre.  In fact, attend as much … Continue reading

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The Devils & the Details

My first good look at what was to become the Biograph Theatre was in July of 1971. Having gotten a tip from a friend that the DeeCee-based owners were considering the hiring of a local manager, I went to the … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Foreign Films

As you know from last week, F.T. Rea has handed off his Five Film Favorites column. For the foreseeable future, we’re inviting a different person each week to offer their list of five favorites. The beauty of the Five Film … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: One and Done

Our own Terry Rea is taking a break from “Five Film Favorites”, and far be it from us to drop this wonderful column. From here on out, we’re rotating writers, as each of us has a pile of “five’s” just … Continue reading

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Post-Post-Holiday Purchase Recommendation: The Penalty

I first came across Lon Chaney‘s The Penalty (1920) shortly after my youngest, Lorna, was born. Lorna was roughly a week old and still sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom. Lorna’s two older brothers had already fallen asleep, but my … Continue reading

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