Author Archive: Jon Bastian

Jon Bastian

Jon is a playwright and screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, where he has been currently appearing in Flash Theater LA when not working for Cesar Millan to keep his dogs rolling in kibble.

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3:10 to Yuma / Seraphim Falls

3:10 to Yuma / Seraphim Falls

| September 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

It’s routinely proclaimed dead or dying, a genre lost to the annals of film history, a forgotten form. Yet so long as grown men still feel that primal urge to shoot guns and ride horses–to play cowboys and Indians like when they were young–the American Western will survive. Even the most well-groomed of name actors […]

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Short Takes – September 2007

Short Takes – September 2007

| September 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Movies Actor Owen Wilson was hospitalized late last month after what now appears to be a suicide attempt. The Wedding Crashers star was reportedly found unconscious in his Santa Monica home by older brother, Andrew. He was rushed to a nearby medical facility, where paramedics confirmed the large number of pills in his system and […]

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Short Takes – August 2007

Short Takes – August 2007

| August 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Movies This past Monday, we lost two legends of world cinema: Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni. The revered auteurs died within hours of each other, in their homes–Bergman was 89, Antonioni 94. Both men were acclaimed fixtures of European art house cinema in the 60s and 70s, and both continued to […]

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Short Takes – July 2007

Short Takes – July 2007

| July 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Movies Can it still be said that Tom Cruise’s religion has not affected his career? The waning superstar has been banned from filming scenes at German military bases by the country’s Defense Ministry. Cruise is starring in Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, an historical war drama about Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who tried to assassinate […]

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Short Takes – June 2007

Short Takes – June 2007

| June 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

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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Short Takes – May 2007

Short Takes – May 2007

| May 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

Movies The cast for Indy 4 is finally taking shape. Joining series star Harrison Ford in the long-awaited, as-yet-untitled sequel are Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, and newly minted heartthrob Shia LaBeouf, fresh off the surprise success of teen thriller Disturbia. Rumored to also be making appearances are Sean Connery (who played Indy’s father in The […]

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The Small Assassin

The Small Assassin

| April 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

Remember when the distinction between Hollywood and “independent” meant something? It wasn’t so long ago, was it? The studios made one kind of movie, maverick “indie” auteurs made another–there was a solid line between them, and you basically knew which side you were standing on with each new picture. Well, those days are behind us, […]

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Grindhouse

Grindhouse

| April 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

They arrived together, renegade auteurs of pop art cinema, screeching into the limelight on a wave of white-hot industry buzz, storming the gates of Hollywood with their respective calling-card debuts. Separately but simultaneously, they exploded onto the indie movie scene, united by a deep-rooted love of low culture, the trash art spectacles of their youth: […]

The Hills Have Eyes 2

The Hills Have Eyes 2

| March 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

It begins with a tranquil, low-angle shot of a barren desert landscape. This desolate vista–it could be Arizona or the surface of Mars, for all we can tell–is quickly disrupted by the arrival of some faceless rogue, a beast of a man who lurches by, dragging a lifeless body behind him. Another menacing figure steps […]

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Days of Glory

Days of Glory

| March 6, 2007

The splashy one-sheet for Days of Glory boldly promises a “true story so controversial, it couldn’t be told until now!” What a shrewd (if vaguely specious) approach to advertising Rachid Bouchareb’s modest think-piece of a war picture. That provocative tagline refers to the real-life political victory the Algerian film has allegedly sparked. Responding empathetically to […]

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