The Value of Knowing Another’s Secrets, Movie-Wise

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For Wilder the writer, knowledge is power, and the way he wields it is wonderful to behold. For Baxter, though, it’s much more than power. For him, it’s salvation. [Read more...]

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“It’s Great Not To Be Nominated!”

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View image | gettyimages.com Today, while looking for something else entirely, I found this video. And it is awesome. In fact, if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, I’d probably watch ‘em. All 137 hours. OK, fine. I watch ‘em anyway. So maybe I should say that if the modern Oscars had stuff like this, [Read More...]

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SVS: “On the Waterfront”

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“Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up!” Recommending a film on a particularly liturgically-meaningful  day such as today always seems a bit incongruous to me. Audacious, even. Yet I’ve always tried, spurred on by the fact that I myself have had several transformative cinematic experiences on Good Friday (most of them revolving around [Read More...]

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SVS: “Ulee’s Gold”

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“The bees and I have an understanding. I take care of them, and they take care of me. We both just have to work a little harder, that’s all.” Intrigued by a line in this relatively muted endorsement from Jonathan Rosenbaum — “Leisurely pacing of this kind is likely to register as a form of respect [Read More...]

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Sir David Attenborough, Harmless Lunatic

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View image | gettyimages.com Here in the U.S., we have “Shark Week.” In the U.K., they have “Attenborough Week.” Well, they had one, anyway. Last April. To celebrate “the 60 years of amazing Natural History created by Sir David Attenborough.” And as a long-time fan of the man and his work — always interesting, even [Read More...]

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The Moving Genius of Akira Kirusowa

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View image | gettyimages.com Yes, I have already written about Tony Zhou’s web series, “Every Frame a Painting.” Yes, he has released a new episode, “Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement.” Yes, it’s amazing. What else were you expecting his Kurosawa-themed analysis to be? Yes, I’m sharing it with you. I have to live with myself, after all. [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Station Agent”

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“It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.” If Tom McCarthy were to make nothing but Bay-y, FX-laden action thrillers from now ’til the end of his career, his debut film would still provide me with enough evidence to forever defend him as an “Actors’ Director.” I speak, of course, [Read More...]

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This Short Is the Best “Proof of Concept” I’ve Ever Seen

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Maybe all “proof of concept” pieces are equal. But some are more equal than other, right? And this one just might be the most equal ever. (OK, fine. I’m putting “Animal Farm” down now. And stepping away.) Proof of Concept/pitch for The Leviathan, created by Ruairi Robinson. By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many [Read More...]

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SVS: “Grey Gardens”

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View image | gettyimages.com “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, following a brief battle with cancer. Albert was a loving husband, father, brother as well as a friend to many. For more than five decades, Albert created groundbreaking films, inspired filmmakers and touched all those with his humanity, presence and his [Read More...]

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SVS: “20 Feet from Stardom”

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This year’s Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour, is not currently available for streaming. At least not legally. Yet. Unless you’ve got HBOGo. A couple of the others — Last Days in Vietnam and Finding Vivian Maier – can be rented from Amazon Instant. And Virunga belongs to Netflix, so it’s available. But the winner? Nope. No can do. So if you [Read More...]

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