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Every Day is a Birthday: Fighting the Power in the films of Craig Baldwin

Every Day is a Birthday: Fighting the Power in the films of Craig Baldwin

| December 21, 2006 | 0 Comments

What can film mean when everyone is an actor, or can be their own filmmaker? Does the access to personal cameras and digital media liberate or distract? With everyone capable of making their own movies, music videos and games, are they prone to be less or more aware of their manipulation by mainstream media and […]

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Takagi Masakatsu, life so beautiful

Takagi Masakatsu, life so beautiful

| December 18, 2006 | 0 Comments

Masakatsu takes the randomly photographed world and plays with it, isolating gestures or angles, adding colors or bursts of colors, to highlight just how beautiful the world actually is. Or can be; it this celebration of the mundane and the mundane manipulated that gives the short films in this collection their power. Working from a […]

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Captain Beefheart Under Review

Captain Beefheart Under Review

| December 18, 2006 | 0 Comments

Since he gave up music for painting in 1981, Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) has not publicly spoken about his music. Even when he was recording, he was evasive and elliptical in his descriptions of his intent and his success in music. Beefheart created his own musical territory, a mixture of blues, surrealism, and shamanism, […]

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Our Stars / The Little God

Our Stars / The Little God

| November 14, 2006 | 0 Comments

Our Stars raises one big question, yet leaves the viewer with many more, mostly about his intentions. Who owns the images of those we see on screen? The power of film lies with the viewer, who incorporates the visuals into a personal narrative based on experience, longing, loss. But that is filtered through the director, […]

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Bad Brains: Live at CBGB ’82

Bad Brains: Live at CBGB ’82

| November 14, 2006 | 0 Comments

Punk has been celebrating its history well lately. Part of it I’m sure is the fact that these days any tape lying around can be released and sent out, to our benefit. The information age has allowed everyone’s private collections to be shared, and we are better for it. The recent Minutemen DVD We Jam […]

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City2City

City2City

| August 17, 2006

I can’t remember which sociologist it was who said that a city was a living organism, streets and roads being the veins and arteries that funneled the blood—us—to its main organs. Lowave is a DVD label that has produced many collections of short films. This amazing and varied release deals with, as the liner notes […]

Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing

Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing

| May 10, 2006 | 0 Comments

Ava Gardner possessed such luminescent beauty that both sexes experienced a sharp intake of breath and weak knees when seeing her for the first time. As the ultimate movie love goddess, no film, movie, photograph or publicist’s adjectives could ever do Ava justice. Her life of volcanic excess proved to be similarly elusive until Lee […]

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Glenn Ford’s 90th Birthday Tribute in Hollywood

Glenn Ford’s 90th Birthday Tribute in Hollywood

| May 2, 2006 | 0 Comments

Hollywood turned out en masse to honor one of Tinseltown’s most enduring screen stars, Glenn Ford, on the occasion of his 90th Birthday. Ford remains unique as an archetype actor in multiple genres, significantly film noir and westerns during a durable 54 year career. Presented by the American Cinematheque in association with the Heartland Film […]

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Opening Weekend of the 8th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres: April 8th through 16th

Opening Weekend of the 8th Annual Festival of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres: April 8th through 16th

| April 7, 2006 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles was reaffirmed as the epicenter of film noir by special guest James Ellroy with the opening of the eighth annual film noir festival at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last night. Festival host and programmer, author and founder of The Film Noir Foundation, Eddie Muller was joined by legendary novelist and chronicler […]

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Noir City 4

Noir City 4

| January 19, 2006 | 0 Comments

The Noir City film festival in San Francisco has grown legs in year number 4… long ones that are sturdier, but still have the willowy look of film noir. Noir author and cultural archeologist, Eddie Muller www.eddiemuller.com and the Film Noir Foundation ramped up this eagerly anticipated festival into a synergistic noir event that opened […]

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