Monthly Archives: April 2011

Labor on Film: Screenings in Solidarity

For May Day, the international holiday commemorating the working class everywhere, what follows is a rough chronological selection of films in their honor. This list is composed of fiction and nonfiction films, and is an offering, by no means complete.  … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Temple of Lost Movies

You can dream all you want about action and adventure, about bullwhips and treasures lost beneath the sand, about light sabers and robots and space travel, about traveling back and forth in time and taking that Joseph Cambellesque hero’s journey. … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Shakespeare adaptations

During the James River Film Festival, author and film reviewer Peter Schilling Jr. introduced the wonderful The Night of the Hunter.  Schilling discussed not only Charles Laughton’s brilliant film, but the same titled Davis Grubb novel on which it was … Continue reading

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ANZAC Day Recommendation: Gallipoli

Our Australian and New Zealand readership will not need a primer on ANZAC Day, which will once again roll around on Monday, 25 April.  However, if you reside outside of the antipodes and are unfamiliar with the acronym, it stands for Australian … Continue reading

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New Jerusalem: the best picture of 2011?

The Night of the Hunter. Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Chaplin’s Modern Times. Heady titles, brilliant films, tremendous entertainments. But if there’s only one movie you can see at this year’s James River Film Festival, I say that it should be R. … Continue reading

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Spanish Language Dracula at the Byrd

The James River Film Festival’s world of wonders continues this afternoon, as guitarist Gary Lucas provides live accompaniment to George Melford’s Dracula, aka “The Spanish Language Dracula“. (Today at 4:00 at the Byrd Theater in Richmond.) What does that mean, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: James River Film Festival 2011

I am always surprised at the films the festival brings to our wonderful city.  Each year I am amazed and this time is no exception.  Last night I watched an incredible 35mm restored print of Taxi Driver and was blown … Continue reading

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