Archive for June, 2007

The Seventh Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

The Seventh Annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

| June 7, 2007

The temperature in Palm Springs, California, during the first weekend of June was as warm as the ambience at Arthur Lyons’ seventh annual Film Noir Festival in this desert oasis. In returning for my fifth year at this festival, I always think of this event as film noir’s version of Same Time, Next Year. Ihave […]

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

| June 5, 2007

Once upon a time, in the ’80s, Ted Turner put the film industry’s panties into a major twist when he started colorizing old films. There was mild outrage. Then, Turner announced that he was going to colorize Citizen Kane, film purists went through the roof, and the whole restoration/remastering industry was born. I can’t help […]

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Gracie

Gracie

| June 5, 2007

Gracie is a labor of love for the Shue family. Co-starring and co-produced by siblings Elisabeth and Andrew Shue (who also helped pen the story), and directed by Elisabeth Shue’s husband, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the movie relates the sexism Elisabeth encountered when she tried to play varsity soccer in the 1970s. Because this […]

Heartland

Heartland

| June 5, 2007

Heartland premieres on TNT on June 18 at 10 p.m. (EST), following The Closer. Starring Treat Williams (Everwood) as a transplant surgeon, the show features a hospital team dedicated to continuing life through tragedy. Based on the first two episodes, both penned and directed by series creator David Hollander, Heartland has yet to find its […]

Curse of the Zodiac

Curse of the Zodiac

| June 5, 2007

Suddenly, I feel much like the falling bowl of petunias in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” I’m staring at the box for “Curse of the Zodiac,” and all I can think is: “Oh no, not again.” And the reason I’m feeling like a quasi-sentient bowl of petunias is because, once again, I’m talking about […]

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Short Takes – June 2007

Short Takes – June 2007

| June 1, 2007

Movies The battle of the summer blockbuster threequels has ended in a stalemate… for now. Last month’s Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End all grossed massive amounts of money in their respective opening weekends–an impressive feat, given that there was no more than ten days between each release. […]

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