Archive for April, 2011

Megan is Missing

Megan is Missing

| April 29, 2011

Another entry into the ever growing subgenre of found footage frighteners. Megan is Missing tells the story of a pair of teenage girls, BFFs Megan and Amy, two 14 year olds who virtually conduct their friendship in the virtual world. They have endless skype conversations, chat on their video phones, make home movies, and vlog […]

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Film, Lacan, and the Subject of Religion

Film, Lacan, and the Subject of Religion

| April 29, 2011

Despite the relatively short life film theory has enjoyed thus far, the propensity in film theorists to disavow the most important developments that contributed to the growth of the discipline’s popularity and prestige is staggering. Immediately after Sergei Eisenstein developed his montage theory, André Bazin showed up with a counter theory allegedly rendering Eisenstein’s theory […]

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Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs

| April 28, 2011

Recently aired on PBS and now available on DVD, the new Upstairs Downstairs is a treat for fans of the original show. Created from an idea by Miss Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, this new version sees Miss Marsh’s original character, Rose Buck, returning to the most popular address in the history of PBS. When […]

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TriBeCa 2011: ANGEL’S CREST

TriBeCa 2011: ANGEL’S CREST

| April 28, 2011

Occasionally, a chilling, grave portrait of loss, sorrow and regret hits the spot. Angel’s Crest, based on the Leslie Schwartz novel of the same title, navigates through the hearts and minds of the residents of a small, snowy town after a young man’s moment of thoughtlessness leads to tragedy. With her sophomore effort Gaby Dellal […]

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Hesher

Hesher

| April 28, 2011

With his shock of grease-ball hair and ostentatiously tattooed body the always malleable actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, deserves some serious props for creating a vivid character with a brutal resonance. Free from the stagnancy and stoicism that defined his Arthur in Chris Nolan’s monolithic Inception, Gordon-Levitt’s title role in Hesher allows the actor to go back […]

TriBeCa 2011: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle & Judy Marte talk MARIA MY LOVE

TriBeCa 2011: Jasmine McGlade Chazelle & Judy Marte talk MARIA MY LOVE

| April 27, 2011

At just 25 years of age, Jasmine McGlade Chazelle is premiering her second film at the TriBeCa Film Festival. The first time the former competitive fencer, Harvard graduate and producer/writer/director was there was in 2009 for producing GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, a musical directed by her husband Damien Chazelle. This year she […]

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TriBeCa 2011: Michael Collins, Marty Syjuco and the Larrañaga family talk about GIVE UP TOMORROW

TriBeCa 2011: Michael Collins, Marty Syjuco and the Larrañaga family talk about GIVE UP TOMORROW

| April 27, 2011

If there is any film at this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival that will stay with us it will be the documentary GIVE UP TOMORROW. In fact, it does more than stay with us, it awakens hibernating senses of empathy, honesty, integrity and stifles our gravitation toward apathy and numbness. The story of Paco Larrañaga’s wrongful […]

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The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday

The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday

| April 26, 2011

Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen) and Oliver Reed (The Three Musketeers (1973), The Brood) star in this comedy-western from director Don Taylor (The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)), now available on on-demand DVD from the MGM Limited Edition Collection. Typical of my experience with the releases in this collection, Great Scout boasts a terrific transfer […]

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20th Century with Mike Wallace: America at War

20th Century with Mike Wallace: America at War

| April 26, 2011

Join Emmy and Peabody Award-winning newsman Mike Wallace (60 Minutes) for this 10-episode selection of 20th Century with Mike Wallace which explores the conflicts that shaped America in the latter of the 20th Century, as well as the evolution of combat technology and the role of women in the military throughout. These episodes are compiled […]

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The Captive City

The Captive City

| April 26, 2011

John Forsythe (Dynasty) stars in this forgotten film noir from director Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Day the Earth Stood Still) inspired by the true story of Time magazine crime reporter, Alvin M. Josephy, who also happens to be the film’s screenwriter. In The Captive City, James Austin, a newspaper man in the small […]

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