Author Archive: Matthew Fagerholm

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Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

| May 9, 2011

No film in 2010 moved me as deeply as Derek Cianfrance’s mesmerizing heartbreaker. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams delivered performances so authentic that they transcended all boundaries of artifice. Many recent pictures have charted the beginning and end of a passionate yet short-lived relationship, yet Cianfrance is one of the only filmmakers who managed to […]

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Interview: Derek Cianfrance Stages True Love in ‘Blue Valentine’

Interview: Derek Cianfrance Stages True Love in ‘Blue Valentine’

| May 4, 2011

For many moviegoers, Blue Valentine cut close to the bone when it debuted in art house theaters during last year’s Oscar season. The film’s raw and uncompromising depiction of a damaged relationship had the authenticity and visceral impact of an uncommonly intimate documentary. By intercutting between the origins and breakdown of his love story, filmmaker […]

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Interview: Elaine Hendrix Loves Acting and Animals

Interview: Elaine Hendrix Loves Acting and Animals

| February 13, 2011

If you watched Nancy Meyers’s inspired 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” as many times as my sister and I did, you undoubtedly remember Elaine Hendrix, the gorgeous and wildly inventive actress who brought the character of villainous publicist Meredith Blake to deliciously devilish life. Her exuberant screen presence and gift for physical comedy have […]

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Angela Ismailos Converses with ‘Great Directors’

Angela Ismailos Converses with ‘Great Directors’

| July 21, 2010

Here’s a thrilling summer movie for anyone fatigued by the endless zombified conga-line of retreads, remakes and reheated leftovers currently parading through cinemas. As America’s mainstream film industry continues to become more and more of a business, it’s especially refreshing to see a documentary like Great Directors, which celebrates cinema as an art form capable […]

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Cass Warner Sperling Discusses ‘The Brothers Warner’

Cass Warner Sperling Discusses ‘The Brothers Warner’

| March 10, 2010

Cass Warner Sperling was born with filmmaking in her blood. Her father was Oscar-nominated writer/producer Milton Sperling, and her grandfather was Harry Warner, the founder and president of Warner Bros. Pictures, whose goal was to “educate, entertain and enlighten” through filmmaking. Visiting him at his deathbed, young Cass made a promise to keep her grandfather’s […]

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Harold Ramis Invites Chicagoans To Meet The Oscars

Harold Ramis Invites Chicagoans To Meet The Oscars

| February 26, 2010

For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invite Chicagoans to the “Meet the Oscars, Chicago” exhibit, presented by Kodak at The Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. From February 25th through Oscar night (March 7th), movie buffs will have the opportunity to see historic Oscars both […]

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Split Pillow Examines ‘Life as Lincoln’

Split Pillow Examines ‘Life as Lincoln’

| February 8, 2010

Everyone needs an idol, and many people have found just that in our 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln is one the few figures in the history of American government whose appeal and influence transcends political boundaries, a fact provocatively illustrated by the new film, Life as Lincoln. This feature-length documentary is the […]

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Matt’s Best and Worst Films of the Decade

Matt’s Best and Worst Films of the Decade

| January 13, 2010

TOP 10 OF THE DECADE 1.) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind—Director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman forged one of the cinema’s most electrifying artistic collaborations in this spellbinding comedy of the mind and soul. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are revelatory as two ex-lovers who attempt to erase the memories of their failed […]

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Matt’s Best and Worst Films of 2009

Matt’s Best and Worst Films of 2009

| January 13, 2010

TOP 10 OF 2009 1.) Where The Wild Things Are—Few filmmakers are as deeply in touch with their inner child as Spike Jonze. His adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic may be the most audacious “family film” ever made in America. Instead of pandering to a young audience, Jonze’s film inhabits the mind of a child […]

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

| January 11, 2010

Terry Gilliam isn’t a filmmaker so much as a force of nature. His films are so consuming, and artistic vision so uncompromising, that viewers are faced with a decision: either get swept up in his aggressively bizarre blizzard of invention, or block his torrent of weirdness with a close-minded umbrella. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus […]

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