Tag: 3-and-a-half

Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #5: De Palma (2015)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #5: De Palma (2015)

Brian De Palma was one of the pillars of the New Hollywood that flourished in the late 60s and early 70s, the time when the studio system was breaking down along with the production code.  The moviegoing public was getting bored with the dusty old product that the Hollywood elders were pumping out and so […]

| September 1, 2016
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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #2: Other People (2016)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #2: Other People (2016)

Other People opens with a scene that I won’t soon forget.  A family, at the worst moment in their lives gathers around the bed of the family matriarch who has just passed on after a long and lingering battle with cancer.  In the midst of their sorrow the dearly departed gets a message on the […]

| August 29, 2016
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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #1: Little Men (2016)

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Sidewalk Film Festival Retrospective #1: Little Men (2016)

Attending The Sidewalk Film Festival this year was not only the chance to attend a spectacular event, but it was also a chance to catch up on great films away from the multiplex tentpole movies that are souring the American market.  For two days I was able to enjoy a great many documentaries and independents […]

| August 29, 2016
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Batman: The Killing Joke clears up the most aggravating problem that I have with the latest glut of superhero movies – the producers always seem afraid to let their characters be characters.  As much as I’ve praised the recent spate of Marvel movies, I must admit that underneath my admiration there always rests a tiny […]

| July 25, 2016
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The Neon Demon (2016)

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The Neon Demon (2016)

“She’s a diamond among a sea of glass,” says a fashion designer of the pretty but not outrageously remarkable ingénue who has just arrived in L.A. to be part of its haughty fashion scene.  Her name is Jesse and she stands out yet it is hard at first to figure out why.  The body isn’t remarkable, […]

| June 28, 2016
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Raiders!  The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

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Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

Not long ago, I gave myself the singular mission of sitting down to watch every Spielberg-directed film in chronological order from 1971’s Duel right up through the 2015 Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.  It was a month-long project that, aside from watching the evolution of one of the greatest American filmmakers, was a chance […]

| June 21, 2016
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Times being what they are, it was impossible for me to sit through Captain America: Civil War without comparing it to that other comic book conflict movie that bowed six weeks ago.  Where that movie was a clunky, misguided, unhappy mess, the latest Captain America movie has its head on straight, it tells a good […]

| May 13, 2016
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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

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Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Nostalgia these days is a dime a dozen.  Go to your local retail store and you can see that it has practically become a cottage industry.  It doesn’t take much to make nostalgia into a visual feast, but it takes a steady hand to give you the pure feel for something that takes you back.  […]

| April 25, 2016
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