Author Archives: James River Film Society

THE SWIMMER: Burt Lancaster Journeys Upriver Into The Dark Heart of Suburbia

On a warm and beautiful autumn afternoon Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) emerges from the peaceful woods of an upper class Connecticut suburb wearing nothing but a pair of dark swim trunks and dives into the swimming pool of old friends. … Continue reading

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Esther Williams: A Woman Pursued

By Tarquin Mandrake Esther Williams was a star who exploded out of Louis B Mayer’s Warner Brothers studio system in the 1940s. A swimmer who was on course to compete in the Olympics until the Second World War intervened. She … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Underrated Films by Woody Allen

By Ted Salins This article was first published on August 29, 2013 at Bijou Backlight. It has been reprinted here with the express permission of the author and editor. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine has opened bigger than any of his … Continue reading

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From The Creator of THE TAINT, Drew Bolduc Assembles SCIENCE TEAM!

January 4, 2014 – On the frigid (yet I still believe in global warming) first Saturday of the year I journeyed with my friend Jeff Roll to Richmond’s historic movie house the Byrd Theater to take in a super secret … Continue reading

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The Red Violin: A Feast for the Senses

A Review by Jessica Lynn Norman Musical instruments come to us from many different origins. They pass through many different hands, they experience many different moments, and they leave behind a lasting impression on anyone who once possessed these tools … Continue reading

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Overlooking/ Looking Over Huston

When director John Huston died in 1987 during post-production of James Joyce’s The Dead, filmdom lost its last reigning monarch—for Huston was the last of the Hollywood lions, harking from D. W. Griffith through Howard Hawks and John Ford. But if … Continue reading

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Deep In the Woods : On the Set of Jim Stramel’s ‘Reviled’

What better way to usher in the Halloween season than to take you on the set of Jim Stramel’s upcoming zombie pit fighting web series “Reviled”. It took me over an hour to get to the remote set in the … Continue reading

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A Documentary Worth Getting Stung For by David Stover

Honeybees are not usually a topic of film discourse unless maybe it’s Irwin Allen’s The Swarm (1978) starring Michael Caine, Katharine Ross and a boat load of other famous tired actors. Honeybees have been in the media quite a bit … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Documentaries

This week’s Five Film Favorites is courtesy of one of our regular readers, film goers and community members, Albert Green. When I recently put out a call for writers for Five Film Favorites — a weekly column conceived, authored and … Continue reading

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Todd Raviotta’s Interview with Crispin Hellion Glover

Today’s post is a link to local filmmaker Todd Raviotta’s very fine interview with Crispin Hellion Glover for RVA Magazine. If you haven’t heard, the James River Film Society brings Mr. Glover to The Byrd this Friday, December 3 at … Continue reading

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