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In Memoriam: Mickey Spillane

In Memoriam: Mickey Spillane

| July 18, 2006

I was dreading this day. I knew Mickey Spillane was desperately ill, but I certainly wouldn’t say anything publicly out of respect for him and his family. Like a jillion other people who spent time with him, I loved Mickey, and didn’t want to think about him not being around anymore. I became acquainted with […]

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In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman

In Memoriam: Vincent Sherman

| July 11, 2006

Vincent Sherman, perhaps the last of the contract directors from the legendary Hollywood studio system era died June 18 at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Sherman, who would have turned 100 years old on 16 July, had been in excellent health until several weeks before his death. Sherman was […]

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In Memoriam: Hubert Cornfield

In Memoriam: Hubert Cornfield

| July 11, 2006

Screenwriter/director Hubert Cornfield died in Hollywood on 18 June 2006 of heart failure. The director has been in declining health since having a diabetic seizure several months earlier. Although Cornfield’s directorial output included only twelve films and television productions, the director brought an evocative sense of style and storytelling to his pictures, several of which […]

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In Memoriam: Arthur Franz

In Memoriam: Arthur Franz

| July 11, 2006

Veteran character actor Arthur Franz succumbed to heart failure and emphysema in Oxnard, California on June 17th. Franz had recently returned to the United States after living abroad in New Zealand for several years Arthur Franz was an effective character player and secondary leading man in over 130 film and television appearances beginning in 1948. […]

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Art School Confidential

Art School Confidential

| May 29, 2006

“Just remember, only 1 in 100 of you will ever make a living in art.” Professor Sandiford’s (John Malkovich) reinforcement of professional disappointment to his students is emblematic of the relentless skewering delivered to the self-important art school milieu in director Terry Swigoff’s “Art School Confidential”. The intellectual dishonesty of academia in perpetuating supercilious phoniness […]

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The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre

The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre

| May 29, 2006

Peter Lorre referred to himself and other actors as “facemakers.” No other actor made faces like the sad-eyed, mischievous Lorre who conveyed menace, comedy, suavity and cowardice in a single close-up. As chronicled in Stephen D. Youngkin’s epic biography, Lorre’s life was a series of different masks cloaking an exceedingly complex personality behind all of […]

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Boys Don’t Cry

Boys Don’t Cry

| February 14, 2000

Memorializing the intense, brief life of Brandon Teena (1972-1993), Boys Don’t Cry oftencompresses the events of its story, using time-lapse photography and other techniques. As opening credits roll, waifish Teena Brandon becomes the boyishly handsome Brandon Teena (Hillary Swank in both roles), a successful roller-rink Lothario who very soon is on the run from an […]

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Play It to the Bone

Play It to the Bone

| February 1, 2000

If you showed up for the last fifteen minutes of Play it to the Bone, during the final fight sequence, you could possibly imagine that you had missed a good film. Consider yourself lucky, and don’t bet on it. In this lifeless botch, everyone takes a dive. It all starts with the writing, as they […]

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Magnolia

Magnolia

| January 25, 2000

Gleefully contrived, Magnolia boldly sweeps the lives of eleven main characters into a pop opera that resonates with fateful confrontations and biting poetic justice. Though compassionate, the film also takes no prisoners, slowly bringing the characters to a brink where they either break down or break through. Never mind what he tells you, the narrator […]

Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

| January 12, 2000

By dim light of lanterns (one fastened to a mast, the other carried), we see the shadowy figure of a man adrift on a small fishing boat in dangerously thick fog. Long tones from the boat’s foghorn slowly bring another form out of the murk: a Japanese man holding a gaff, his face unfriendly. More […]

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