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Five Film Favorites: Film Assholes

The film asshole is a particular type that comes in many breeds.  They are most often antagonists, but not all film villains are assholes.  For example, Heath Ledger’s Joker and Darth Vader are classic and iconic villains, yet no one … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Male Face Objects

A few months back, during the highly successful James River Film Festival, I wrote a small piece about Robert Mitchum.  Without cutting and pasting what I wrote in that post, I will here briefly summarize that I felt that Robert Mitchum met many of … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Blockbusters

Given the task of writing this week’s five film favorites, I thought about producing a list of my five favorite Terrence Malik films, but that would have been an easy cop-out.  Plus, I would have had to include The New … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Westerns set in the 20th Century

When I first began writing for the James River Film Journal, the first article I came across was F.T. Rea’s “Five Film Favorites: Westerns.”  Rea’s list spanned from Stagecoach (1939) to Unforgiven (1992) and contained films from the ’40s, ’50s, and … Continue reading

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5 Worst Films Directed By Christopher Nolan

Having seen Inception recently at the Byrd, I can now say what I’ve always detected – Christopher Nolan is the most celebrated, beloved bad director since Ed Wood. Noland makes impossibly illogical movies that his fans mistake for depth and … Continue reading

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Violent Style without Ethical Substance: “Inglourious Basterds” and the Italian Western

In F.T. Rea’s post of favorite Westerns, Rea cleverly and accurately assigned each film with a word: High Noon is about honor. Lonely Are the Brave is about freedom. Stagecoach is about survival. Treasure of the Sierra Madre is about … Continue reading

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