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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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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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Defenders of Freedom, Real and Imagined

Lincoln and Skyfall. Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. There is a moment, a very small moment in Steven Spielberg’s very large film Lincoln that I found to be the most telling portrait of the somewhat mysterious 16th president. Lincoln is loafing–and that’s … Continue reading

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Your No Nonsense Night at the Movies

Howard Hawks, perhaps the most reliable director of filmed entertainment in American history, once said his goal was to make every movie have “three great scenes and no bad ones.” I swear that most of the crap from this summer … Continue reading

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The Story of Lost Men

There are favorite movies and then there are movies, good and bad, that leave such an indelible impression that they’re affixed, permanently, in a sense of time and place. I remember, clearly, the days and the theaters when I witnessed, … Continue reading

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Quick Canada Day Recommendation: Films by Sarah Polley

Last Canada Day, I recommended Sarah Polley’s brilliant Away From Her (2006), a remarkable and emotionally draining film based on an Alice Munro short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” This Canada Day, I recommend seeing any film by … Continue reading

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