Archive for July, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

| July 11, 2006

It is unfair to call Dead Man’s Chest a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. This is a Pirate of the Caribbean film, based less on the Disneyworld ride, and even less on pirates, so much as on one specific pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, the most gleeful anti-hero since Harrison Ford’s Han Solo or Indiana Jones. […]

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Broke

Broke

| July 11, 2006

I recently went to the premiere of a truly independent film made on smarts not money, devised by ingenuity not fancy equipment and featuring young aspiring actors and non-actors. The movie was called “Broke” and even though the title might depict the budget if this little film it in no way depicts the enjoyment that […]

In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman

In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman

| July 11, 2006

Vincent Sherman, perhaps the last of the contract directors from the legendary Hollywood studio system era died June 18 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Sherman, who would have turned 100 years old on 16 July, had been in excellent health until several weeks before his death. Sherman was […]

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Los Angeles Film Festival – June 22-July 2, 2006

Los Angeles Film Festival – June 22-July 2, 2006

| July 11, 2006

This has been a breakthrough year with the growth and diversity of our films, events, audience awareness, and attendance, said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. More than ever, we feel like what we have accomplished with this year’s festival truly reflects Film Independent’s overall mission to put the spotlight on the diversity of films […]

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In Memoriam: Hubert Cornfield

In Memoriam: Hubert Cornfield

| July 11, 2006

Screenwriter/director Hubert Cornfield died in Hollywood on 18 June 2006 of heart failure. The director has been in declining health since having a diabetic seizure several months earlier. Although Cornfield’s directorial output included only twelve films and television productions, the director brought an evocative sense of style and storytelling to his pictures, several of which […]

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In Memoriam: Arthur Franz

In Memoriam: Arthur Franz

| July 11, 2006

Veteran character actor Arthur Franz succumbed to heart failure and emphysema in Oxnard, California on June 17th. Franz had recently returned to the United States after living abroad in New Zealand for several years Arthur Franz was an effective character player and secondary leading man in over 130 film and television appearances beginning in 1948. […]

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2001 Maniacs

2001 Maniacs

| July 11, 2006

When you can watch a movie and see flying armadillos and country musicians at their most purely homicidal-looking, all within the first fifteen minutes, you know you’re in for a serious rush. And that’s exactly what you’re going to get out of “2001 Maniacs.” Now, I’m sure by now most of you have seen this […]

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Iran Hostage Crisis: 444 Days To Freedom

Iran Hostage Crisis: 444 Days To Freedom

| July 7, 2006

November 4th 1979 changed the lives of 66 American, both diplomats and civilians, forever. Considered the first Islamic revolution in the modern time, Iranian students of the new Iranian Regime in 1979 captured the American embassy in Tehran, for what ended up lasting 444 days. This documentary is a solemn tale told through the eyes […]

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Woods of Evil

Woods of Evil

| July 5, 2006

The woods are alive with the sounds of a surprisingly mundane evil here in the “Woods of Evil.” So what we’ve got here, and it’s probably not going to come as much of a surprise given the title, are a whole lot of people going missing in the middle of a forest somewhere in Jersey. […]

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Mary Magdalen: An Intimate Portrait

Mary Magdalen: An Intimate Portrait

| July 4, 2006

As a self-professed defender of Mary Magdalen’s honor, I was intrigued to learn about the DVD release of a Lifetime Channel documentary entitled Mary Magdalen: An Intimate Portrait. Until recently, Mary Magdalen was best known as a prostitute forgiven by Jesus. Then Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code made Mary Magdalen a household name by […]

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