Today’s specials: Richard Thompson. Fagin. Harry Potter. Pixar. And more.

Today's specials:Richard Thompson's first solo album in ages, Front Parlour Ballads, is earning a bunch of raves and a few surprisingly contrary complaints.Ho hum... here it comes. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ... the new international trailer. Hmmm. Some very nice effects on display here.Al Pacino to star in remake of Rififi, from the director of Sea of Love.Pixar blog features tributes to Joe Ranft, who died last week. If you explore this blog further, … [Read more...]

Sex onscreen: J. Robert Parks on "9 Songs"

I frequently publish reviews by my friend J. Robert Parks, who writes for a Chicago-area paper and for Paste Magazine. Parks and I see eye-to-eye on many things. Occasionally we don't.I'm posting this review of Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs even though I personally disagree with Parks on a few issues surrounding the film. (In short, I object to the filming of actors engaging in real sex acts, and I cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone else view such footage. Because of this, I … [Read more...]


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