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Watchmen

Watchmen

| March 9, 2009

I came to the film Watchmen by what is perhaps a slightly different trajectory than either the die-hard fanboys or the uninitiated filmgoer. I did not read Watchmen when it first came out, since I considered it to be just a “comic book”. Real literature had words and didn’t need pictures, and that’s what I […]

Grosse Point

Grosse Point

| March 4, 2009

Once upon a time, there was Beverly Hills: 90210. No, this is not the retread with the shortened title basically taking up the OC slot on CW. This was the 1990 troubled teens melodrama created by Darren Star for Aaron Spelling, which went on to spawn Melrose Place, which begat Models, Inc. It also went […]

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Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

| December 16, 2008

In revisiting the politics of 35 years ago, Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code) and adapted by Peter Morgan (The Queen from his play), gives us an object lesson in what the mainstream news media needs to re-learn in order to survive in modern times. It is journalism’s job to question authority […]

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Doubt

Doubt

| December 7, 2008

Having seen both the 2006 Los Angeles stage production and the 2008 film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, I think I’m qualified to compare the play to the movie. The play left me entertained, especially by the amazing Cherry Jones, (Signs, “24”), but it also left me somewhat unmoved. The film was far more […]

Milk

Milk

| December 7, 2008

Gus van Sant’s moving biopic of slain gay activist and city Supervisor Harvey Milk is clearly a labor of love, and the director, in dumping his usual artsy pretensions that make some of his earlier works (Latter Days, Elephant) very hard to watch, hits this one right out of Candlestick Park. Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black […]

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

| June 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

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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Dynamic:01 – The Best of davidlynch.com

Dynamic:01 – The Best of davidlynch.com

| February 18, 2007

The explosion of YouTube and other online video sites has taught us two things. One, anybody with a camcorder can instantly become a director and expose their works to the world. Two, and more importantly, not everybody with a camcorder should become a director and expose their works to the world. This lesson isn’t limited […]

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Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film

Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film

| August 17, 2006 | 0 Comments

Philip K. Dick is the Vincent Van Gogh of modern science fiction authors–unappreciated at the time of his far too early death, his works have since gone on to create a cottage industry and a substantial income for his estate. In the twenty-four years since Blade Runner first appeared on film, Dick has gone from […]

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Red Planet

Red Planet

| November 20, 2000 | 0 Comments

Science Fiction features today seem to have all the advantages: big budgets, hyper-realistic digital effects, generous helpings of star power–assets their classic predecessors could only dream about. Perhaps that’s why it’s so frustrating that so many of these privileged futuramas are brain-dead (but visually fabulous) clunkers. Red Planet is gorgeously photographed. From a purely visual […]

Bedazzled

Bedazzled

| October 23, 2000 | 0 Comments

Despite its considerable strengths, Bedazzled is a surprisingly flat comedy. Both Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley shine in their roles as lonely tech-support geek and Satan, respectively. Fraser’s various character renditions–including an inarticulate professional basketball player and the world’s most sensitive man–actually border on comedic genius, and Elizabeth Hurley, of course, is Elizabeth Hurley. Yet […]