Category Archives: Events

Festivals, showings, etc.

The Biograph’s 40th

On its 40th anniversary, the Biograph Theatre, or perhaps something akin to its reanimated spirit, will serve up a pair of highly acclaimed films as a double feature. In other words, the James River Film Society will present “Breathless” — … Continue reading

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Screening Recommendation: I Am

I realize that is post comes with rather short notice, but I wanted to put it out there nonetheless. Sonali Gulati will be screening her award-winning film I Am in Richmond tonight (Friday, 16 December 2011) at 1708 Gallery.  Doors open … Continue reading

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Two Great Cinematic Events: Pumpkinhead and Phantom of the Opera

While I will be preoccupied with travel this upcoming weekend, I wanted to used a little bit of blog space to promote some fine cinematic events that will occur in Richmond this weekend.  Opportunities to view classic and cult horror … 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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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: My recommendations for the 18th James River Film Festival

There is simply too much good stuff at this year’s James River Film Festival to go and see.  Even if life did not encumber me with jobs, responsibilities, children, Tae Kwon Do lessons, birthday parties at Inflation Nation, and many … Continue reading

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The Night of the Hunter at the Grace Street Theater

Is it appropriate to have a screening of Charles Laughton’s classic The Night of the Hunter on a Sunday evening at the Grace Street Theater? Call us blasphemers, but that’s the score, friends: Laughton’s masterpiece–hell, it was his only movie!–at … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: My Picks At This Year’s JRFF

Every year, the James River Film Festival offers ample opportunities for memorable filmwatching.  The five films I’m most excited about catching at this year’s festival: 1. Mix-Up.  Two women mixed up at birth, raised by the wrong set of parents, … Continue reading

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‘Taxi Driver’ at 35

The viewer sees Travis Bickle, the loner, coping with his diffused rage as he drives a taxi cab in New York City. His life is utterly bleak. Travis, as the narrator, reads from a diary he keeps in a school … Continue reading

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