Author Archive: riccio.aaron

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Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good Luck

| November 5, 2005

In the closing minutes of George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck, Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) is given the opportunity to speak at his own tribute. As a famous reporter, most noted for his stand against the tyrannical Senator Joseph McCarthy, Murrow knows what he’s talking about when he speaks about the media. And […]

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Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

| October 16, 2005

It’s pretty easy to make a movie these days. You buy yourself a camera, hire some amateurs or friends and work from a non-existent digital budget to produce, film and edit a picture. There are plenty of independent circuits and the abundance of sloppy films that fail to balance the important elements of film (the […]

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Serenity

Serenity

| September 30, 2005

It’s a good thing FOX cancelled Firefly, a short-lived (and now cult) sci-fi western, or Serenity (the bigger, longer and uncut movie that continues right where the series ended) might not exist. Not that the series weren’t good or nothing (pardon the slang, but the film’s dialect is catchy), but in having to translate from […]

Proof

Proof

| September 16, 2005

Proof, the latest play adapted by Hollywood, has achieved something quite remarkable. It has surpassed the Broadway incarnation, no small feat, considering it won both the Pulitzer and Tony there. And yet, David Auburn (assisted by Rebecca Miller) has improved upon his original script: his screenplay, assisted by able director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) […]

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

| September 2, 2005

There’s a famous saying in theater that goes, “If you really want to achieve greatness, you have to love every moment of what you’re doing.” Liev Schreiber, the actor turned writer-director, is no stranger to theater, so it’s assured he’s heard that old salt before. When Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Everything is Illuminated was first […]

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Raging Sharks

Raging Sharks

| August 5, 2005

Raging Sharks is the poor man’s combination of early Spielberg films. It most resembles Jaws, book-ended by the benign aliens from ET or Close Encounters, plus an unhealthy fixation on being as overly long as AI. There’s also a vindictive over-saturation of swearing amongst the scientists of Sealab Oshana (which I’m sure the writer extensively […]

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28th Asian American International Film Festival: July 15-31, 2005

28th Asian American International Film Festival: July 15-31, 2005

| July 16, 2005

Two weeks, 26 features, a bevvy of workshops, short films and a partridge in a pear tree. Except for the partridge, the 28th Annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) begins this Friday, July 15 and runs through the 31st, offering an extensive look at the best new works from a wide variety of countries. […]

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