Archive for August, 2006

In Memoriam: Glenn Ford (1916-2006)

In Memoriam: Glenn Ford (1916-2006)

| August 31, 2006

Glenn Ford, one of Hollywood’s top male stars dating from the 1940s, who enjoyed an incredibly versatile and durable acting career that spanned over half a century, died in Los Angeles on August 30th at the age of 90. While the exact cause of death was still being determined, Ford was in fragile health and […]

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Red Doors

Red Doors

| August 29, 2006

The feature-debut director of Red Doors, Georgia Lee, explains in her Director’s Statement that for the Chinese, painting one’s front doors red is said to bring good luck, fortune and harmony to the household. The Wongs, a Chinese-American family of five residing in New York suburbs, have front doors painted such a color. Ms. Lee […]

American Gun

American Gun

| August 29, 2006

Crash was the big Hollywood salute to the racial divide in America. American Gun is the small independent response to the gun crisis. Both films take a patchwork approach towards identifying the problem, coming at different perspectives from all angles–but whereas Crash needed closure, American Gun accepts the less satisfying but more realistic ending. Aric […]

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Head Trauma

Head Trauma

| August 29, 2006

If you’ve ever taken a surprise blow to the head, you know very well how seemingly fragile the nature of reality actually is. Even if you haven’t, you may well have had those moments of unreality that cause you to think twice about where you are and what role you play in that particular locale. […]

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When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

| August 27, 2006

That Spike Lee proclaims his intention for When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts–his documentary on Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the Gulf Region–to be seen as “the complete and final account of this historic event” is at once an apt introduction, and entirely unnecessary. Upon completing one’s viewing of this comprehensive four-act, four-hour […]

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How to Eat Fried Worms

How to Eat Fried Worms

| August 26, 2006

How to Eat Fried Worms is completely disgusting, and that is exactly the point. Based on Thomas Rockwell’s much loved novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of ten-year-old Billy, forced to move when his Dad gets a new job. On his first day at a new school, Billy becomes the target […]

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Buzz

Buzz

| August 24, 2006

A.I. “Buzz” Bezzerides might have forever remained a little-known screenwriting cult figure if not for Greek filmmaker Spiro N. Taraviras. His documentary, “Buzz” had a scintillating debut screening at the Writer’s Guild in Beverly Hills on the evening of August 22nd. Taraviras’ documentary of Bezzerides’ colorful life is a skillful and affectionate homage to the […]

Another Gay Movie

Another Gay Movie

| August 24, 2006

Another Gay Movie is a big gay romp, a fun time, and a thrilling parody of many well known gay stereotypes. From the gay jock top to the drooling nerd to the femme-acting cinephile and a str8-acting bottom, these labels are blown way out of proportion. Excluding the bull-dyke and the older gay men looking […]

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Toronto Film Festival – 2006 – Preview!

Toronto Film Festival – 2006 – Preview!

| August 22, 2006

Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival today announced final programming details, including the complete line-up of films for the 31st Toronto Film Festival running September 7–16, which this writer will be attending. I say it every year, but this festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with more stars, as they say, […]

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Snakes on a Train

Snakes on a Train

| August 22, 2006

So what we have here plotwise is some mother…well, let’s just call it snakes on a train. You knew that was inevitable, folks, so suck it up. For reasons that can only be described as baffling, a woman under a Mayan curse is currently the hatching ground for a whole bunch of snakes. About a […]

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