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Five Film Favorites: The Sound of (Relative) Silence

Apropos of Jean Dujardin’s Oscar triumph last month, I’ve been pondering some of the great nearly silent performances in cinema. David Thomson once wrote (in an essay I can’t find for the life of me) about the limitations of silent … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Suffer the Children

How many great movies are there featuring children? Fewer than you’d think. I wonder, sometimes, if it’s because there’s a dearth of great child actors. After all, when I think of children in movies, the mind conjures up Disney Channel … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Christmas Movies of the Damned

The Christmas season is a boom time financially for Hollywood, and it’s also when moviegoers get that soggy glow in their eyes as they remember their holiday favorites. It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, The Shop … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Forgotten Modern Noirs

What exactly is noir, anyway? Its name suggests that the movie must be in black and white, and yet, who can deny that Polanski’s Chinatown is a noir masterpiece? Others think that noir is specific to a time, namely the … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Felines!

In honor of the arrival of our new kitten, Baby, named after you-know-who (see below), I’d like to give a brief shout-out to that most unheralded of movie creatures: the cat. Everyone loves dogs, see, but the cat, well, the cat … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Midnight Shows

In the 1970s, during what was the Golden Age of Repertory Cinema, the midnight show was close to the heart of many such specialized movie houses. Although theaters still show films at the midnight hour, clearly, the cultural significance of … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Vampire Films

Earlier this year, our own Peter Schilling wrote that there are no great baseball films, and I would tend to agree with him. (However, if we classify the amazing Sugar (2008) as a baseball film, then I think the statement might become … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Films about Films

French philosopher Jacques Derrida became famous (by philosophy and academic standards) for discussing the theory of deconstruction.  While I know that my rather curt and probably inaccurate explanation of Derridian deconstructionism will court harsh critiques from colleagues (current and former) and professors, … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Openings

When I teach writing, one of the things that I repeat in nearly every class is that introductions and openings matter. They matter quite a bit. I inform my students that if they lose a reader in the introduction, chances grow … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Obscure Oldies on Netflix

Although Netflix has allowed me to catch up on a bunch of movies I had missed over the last 20 years, and at some point I’ll write about some of them, this time I want to put the spotlight on … Continue reading

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