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TriBeCa 2011: Artificial Paradises

TriBeCa 2011: Artificial Paradises

| April 8, 2011

Films about addiction are so often crowded with the same images– gritty backgrounds, rage, turbulent mental states conveyed through extreme appearance and behavior. Artificial Paradises, making its North American premiere as an official selection for the World Narrative Competition at the TriBeCa Film Festival later this month, challenges the blueprint on several levels. Luisa is […]

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Jef Burnham’s Picks for 2010

Jef Burnham’s Picks for 2010

| January 13, 2011

Top 10 1. Summer Wars (Sama wozu) 2. The Social Network 3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 4. Winter’s Bone 5. Life During Wartime 6. True Grit 7. The Ghost Writer 8. Frozen 9. Youth in Revolt 10. The Town Honorable Mentions Cemetery Junction Greenberg Harry Brown Iron Man 2 [REC] 2 Shutter Island Splice […]

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Film As Seen By Wayne Case 2010

Film As Seen By Wayne Case 2010

| January 11, 2011

Best Films (Alphabetical) ANIMAL KINGDOM BLACK SWAN BLUE VALENTINE THE FIGHTER THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO THE GHOST WRITER HEREAFTER INCEPTION THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT NEVER LET ME GO SHUTTER ISLAND THE SOCIAL NETWORK THE TOWN Runners-Up (Alphabetical) FAIR GAME THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE […]

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Jessica Machen’s Best Films of 2010

Jessica Machen’s Best Films of 2010

| January 11, 2011

Envelope pushing. Visually stunning. Psychologically entertaining. Just a few descriptions for the cream of the crop in 2010′s filmmaking experience. The year seemed to have some dry spouts, but nonetheless, these few managed to shine above the rest. The Book of Eli directed by Albert and Allen Hughes is a gritty film that exemplifies the […]

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Sean Lechowicz’s Top 10

Sean Lechowicz’s Top 10

| January 5, 2011

2010 will go down as the year that Hollywood got their act together and finally provided more than just explosions or Matthew McConaughey bickering with Kate Hudson. Big budget event films were slapped with a heart and brain. The spoof film became funny and original again. Sure, there are some indie darlings that made a […]

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Elaine Hegwood Bowen’s 2010 picks

Elaine Hegwood Bowen’s 2010 picks

| January 2, 2011

There were many great films in 2010, and I’m throwing my favorites into the mix. I must say, however, that I wish for the new year that not every darn film is committed to 3D. Some just aren’t worth it, and to have kids’ movies in 3D puts a strain on parents’ budgets, while the […]

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Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2010

Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2010

| December 31, 2010

Every year it gets harder to figure out exactly what’s coming out when and how and blah blah. Big-studio pictures still regularly get wide releases, and so do some of the independents, but so much goes straight to DVD/On Demand/etc. and other films may play festivals for a long time before they get an official […]

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The Best Films of 2010

The Best Films of 2010

| December 29, 2010

THE TEN BEST The King’s Speech This is an inspired work that handles what is quite often a casually dismissed malady with the utmost of dexterity and dignity. “The King’s Speech” is a finely wrought piece wherein all vested parties – actors, screenwriter, director, cinematographer, production designer, sound, and so on – have worked in […]

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Final OUTrage at the 46th Chicago Intl Film Festival

Final OUTrage at the 46th Chicago Intl Film Festival

| October 27, 2010

Here’s one last snippet of the gay and lesbian cinema that graced the big screens at the 46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival: Coming in first on my list of the best films by or about gay directors was Beautiful Darling by James Rasin, but James Cameron Mitchell’s tragicomedy, Rabbit Hole (USA), swung ahead in […]

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OUTRAGEOUS at the 46 Chicago Intl Film Festival

OUTRAGEOUS at the 46 Chicago Intl Film Festival

| October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival has some of the best gay and lesbian world cinema to be seen in the United States this year. The only US product in the OUTRAGEOUS category is the semi-autobiographical documentary, Beautiful Darling by James Rasin, a beautiful tragedy of the Andy Warhol superstar, Candy Darling, who rose to […]

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