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Film Tue Nov 21 2017 17:31:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Okay, now Madame BOF can die happy. On a recent Sunday, we celebrated her then-upcoming birthday—no numbers, please—by going on a llama hike organized by Rowanwood Farm of nearby Sandy Hook (yes, that one). Until recently, and as
To have sound levels of self-esteem is one of the gateways to happiness. But achieving this has very little to do with the progress of our careers. Advertisements Filed under: Presentation, Short Tagged: The School of Life To have sound levels of sel
Canada/US 94m, Colour Director: Chris Smith; Peter Bonerz, Jim Carrey, Randall Carver, Danny DeVito, Milos Forman, Paul Giamatti, Jerry Lawler A fascinating and poignant documentary about Jim Carreys portrayal of … Continue reading &#85
Idle Wives (1916), produced by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley. DB here: This year Ive been bouncing between two magnificently creative decades in US film, the 1910s and the 1940s. In autumn I’ve been caught up in things involving Reinventi
It's not that bad as a whole, but to be honest, the first half-hour of Zack Snyder's new film, with credited co-writing and uncredited reshoots by Joss Whedon, is awful: a jumble of scenes attempting to establish an important trait of parademons (the
New release: Fans of the classic Pink Panther cartoon will be happy to hear the series has been remastered in HD and will be making its way to Blu-ray via Kino Lorber on January 30th, 2018. Volume One will feature 20 shorts (chronological oder and or
Thankfully the episode opens with a location title, saving me all the research I had to do last week! It seems there's a murderer in Austin, Texas! But who, and why? One thing's for sure - if I want to find out, I'll have to watch more than the first
The dark truth is that its become very hard to find anyone (and certainly anything) more interesting than ones smartphone. This perplexing and troubling realisation has for most of us had huge consequences for our love stories, family lives, work, le
Daisy Kenyon (1947). DB here: A couple of weeks ago, when I was in New York for the Museum of the Moving Image series based on Reinventing Hollywood, I also met with Violet Lucca, who runs the admirable Film Comment podcast. She and Imogen Sara Smith
New release: UK distributor Network has announces some exciting new projects! Network is now accepting pre-orders for the first Hi-def volumes of Man in a Suitcase and Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Released in installme
Spain 27m, B&W Director: Luis Buuel; Cast: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O’Neill Inspired by Maurice Legendres ethnographic study, Las Jurdes: tude de gographie humaine (1927), Land Without Bread is a subversive … Continue readi
The human brain is visibly split into a left and right side. This structure has inspired one of the most pervasive ideas about the brain: that the left side controls logic and the right side controls creativity. And yet, this is a myth, unsupported b
The episode opens with home video footage, as a teen is getting ready to go out in the least flattering dress I've ever seen. It's a formless mess of layers and frills, all in a red that makes her skin look sickly white in comparison. Maybe the chara
It is probably inevitable that Texas-born Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), who lived long in New York but spent her final years in Switzerland, will be best known for the first of her 22 novels, Strangers on a Train (1950). Its innumerable official an
Japanese graphics have fascinated me ever since I began studying Japanese and Japanese pop culture in college. Although film-related designers tended to rely on studio photographs to promote projects in Japan, the visual quality of kanji, katakana, a
After an unlikely period as a director of high-profile tentpole pictures -- Thor, Jack Ryan, Cinderella -- Kenneth Branagh returns to more personal filmmaking with this new adaptation of Agatha Christie's beloved novel, previously filmed to great eff
Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bo
DB here: Here’s the big news. FilmStruck has instituted a student rate for subscriptions: 35% off the monthly rate, which means $39.99 for six months, or less than $7 a month. The Criterion Channel is included in this deal. You can get more
Photo courtesy SFFILMEach time I return to San Francisco I can rest assured that SFFILM has been busy maintaining and building upon their signature creative programming throughout the Bay Area. For starters, Ive been invited this weekend to head down
One of the most important British fashion designers, Mary Quant helped to pioneer youthful looks (including the mini!) during the 1960s. Here's a great British Pathe clip from 1966 that takes us behind the scenes. Enjoy! Related posts: Mary Quant, Su
Matt Damon goes little and follows his conscience in Alexander Payne’s biggest film. Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig Director: Alexander Payne To tackle overpopulation, Norwegian scientists discover how to shr
Spain 75m, B&W Director: Pere Portabella; Cast: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda, Jack Taylor Filmed during the shooting of Jesus Franco’s Count Dracula (1970), Vampir-Cuadecuc is an eerie amalgamation … Conti
How good are you with money? What about reading peoples emotions? How healthy are you, compared to other people you know? Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that were not very go
Kristin here: Many readers of this blog have heard of the Dawson City Film Find (hereafter DCFF), as it is called in Bill Morrison’s extraordinary documentary, Dawson City: Frozen Time. How in 1978 work on a construction site in Dawson City
Taika Waititi is a cinematic miracle worker. His What We Do in the Shadows is not only the funniest vampire comedy ever made, which isn't much of an achievement in itself, but one of the funniest movies I've seen recently. His portrayal of vampires a
Happy Halloween! From my piece at the New Beverly The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that
Spy Vibe's collaboration with Cocktail Nation continues with Episode #8- now live and streaming! Spy Vibe is featured in a podcast segment every month, where I introduce classic spy films/series and share recordings from the Cold War. This month I in
A simple game of Ouija backfires once again in this Spanish spook-er from the co-director of the Rec trilogy. Based on the real case. Madrid, 1991. A 15 year old schoolgirl is left responsible for her young siblings while her …
The episode begins with a recap of the Reid/Maeve saga, ending with her death. It makes me wonder what the funeral was like. Did her parents blame him for her death? Surprisingly the stalker had nothing to do with his work at the FBI, as I'd original
France 137m, Colour Director: Luc Besson; Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets … Continue reading →France 137m, Col
November 9, 2017–January 12, 2018
La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928). DB here: Professor Erin Smith, of Michigan Technological University, distinguished herself during her years at Madison as a grad student in both English and Film. She’s moved more fully into medi
If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, how is anyone gonna deal with the French Inquisition? That's the challenge of Jacinto Molina's directorial debut, a vehicle for his on-screen alter ego, Paul Naschy. Filmed in Spain while longtime dictator F
Penguin Random House, my long-ago employers (then Penguin USA), have just published an elegant Penguin Classics volume, The Best of Richard Matheson, edited with an introduction by award-winning author Victor LaValle, touted as one of horror fictions
Out now! My next essay for Ed Brubaker's Kill Or Be Killed: Joseph Losey's underseen, and that overused term (but in this case, apt), underrated "M." Order here. Here's a preview: The opening shot of Joseph Loseys M finds our murderous leading man, a
Here in Canada there is a campaign stating that it is okay to cry over spilled milk, countering the old adage, because Canadian dairy products are awesome and their loss should be mourned like the passing of a family member or favorite goldfish! In c
New Release: Fatales: The Art of Ryan Heshka. Steeped in the mythology of vintage comics, serials, mystery and sci-fi Pulps, Ryan Heshka's painting invite the viewer into a colorful, surreal world of the imagination. Heshka has just publishe
The episode begins with a reminder about the whole 'person is stalking Reid's girl' subplot, although they don't mention that the abortive dinner was foiled not by said stalker, but rather Reid's own paranoia. More importantly, though, there's no ope
Just in time for Halloween I’m taking a look at this year’s highest grossing chiller It. Does Bill Skarsgrd’s portrayal of Pennywise belong in the sewers or does it deserve a little hand? At the close I’ll also
You cannot be kind to congenital criminals like these. They would show you no mercy. Let them feel the full impact of the law.Back in the days before the no-holds-barred speedway/parking lot that is Interstate 95, sun-seekers in their Nash Ramblers a
Italy 112m, Colour Director: Gabriele Mainetti; Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli, Stefano Ambrogi They Call Me Jeeg is gritty superhero film about Enzo Ceccotti, a low-life criminal who … Continue reading &#85
November 1–December 29, 2017
Happy Halloween, Spy Vibers! My cartoon students are finishing up their projects today while Nightmare Before Christmas plays in the background. Our post-lunch energy is lifted further after a visit from the local elementary school; so cute to see a
Respected character actor John Hawkes is given a chance to shine in this gratifying sunshine-noir detective thriller. Starring: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Clifton Collins Jr., Robert Forster, Octavia Spencer Directors: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms A di
DB here: If theres one film technique that probably everybody notices, its acting. Reviewers are obliged to judge performances, and viewers often comment that this or that actor was admirably controlled, or wooden, or over the top. Yet acting is surp
France 126m, Colour Director: Luc Besson; Cast: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich The Fifth Element is a highly inventive and visually striking comedic science fiction … Continue reading →France 126
Because the post-apocalyptic community in Robert Clouse's film is led by a man known as "The Baron" (Max von Sydow), there may be a temptation to see The Ultimate Warrior as a distant precursor to the current TV series Into the Badlands, in which par
Fake Journalism - Criminal Minds 807So we finally saw a bit of one of Joe's books on the show! And here it is!-blow to the head. During the most recent round of killings, Mullens and his son would force the victim to read from a script in order to re
From my piece for the New Beverly. Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night; May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright. Lon Chaney Jr. does not look like the son of Claude Rains. Not only does he n
November 2–12, 2017