Editorials

by / on October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE ORIGINS OF AN ICON

Last week the Cinematheque Francaise, in conjunction with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, announced one of the most exciting cinematic “discoveries” since we found all those missing reels from Metropolis. Sherlock Holmes, a 1916 film featuring original Holmes actor […]

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by / on September 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A QUESTION OF CHARACTER

Film characters are strange, multi-faceted beasts. There are those characters who can go through many different permutations, as new actors take on their characteristics and adapt them to a new milieu. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Doctor Who […]

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by / on September 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE SILENT SCREAM

The best horror films are films of silence. Long, drawn out silences, punctuated by a creaking floorboard, the whistle of wind, or the thumping of a body as it drops to the floor. The silence engulfs you, envelopes you, because […]

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by / on September 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE PROMISED LAND

Last week I speculated on the possible motivations behind Ridley Scott casting predominantly white, Anglo-European actors in the lead roles of his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Now I’d like to consider what position Scott’s Exodus occupies in […]

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by / on September 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

A PROBLEM OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS

The film will not come to theaters until December, but Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has already known its share of controversy. In case you were unfamiliar with the upheaval over Scott’s proclaimed “historical” telling of the […]

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by / on August 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

PLEASE DON’T EAT THE REVIEW

For a critic that first step is the first printed joke. It gets a laugh and a whole new world opens up. He makes another joke, and another. And then one day along comes a joke that shouldn’t be made […]

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by / on August 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

HEROES IN A HALF SHELL

It’s been a tough time in my media world, even before one takes into account the untimely death of Robin Williams and the loss of Lauren Bacall. First I was subjected to the festival of dumb that was Darren Aronofsky’s […]

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by / on August 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THANKS FOR THE LAUGHTER

I suppose that this will be another entry in a long list of reminiscences about Robin Williams that will come to the Internet in the following days. I don’t want to write an obituary, or ruminate on why such a […]

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by / on August 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

SHARKNADO AND THE PARADOX OF PARACINEMA

For the past month or so, I have been on a Mystery Science Theater 3000 binge. It started innocently enough, picking and choosing the highest rated episodes from Netflix and enjoying them, little by little, on whatever late night I […]

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by / on July 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Editorials, Everything Else

THE PEOPLE VS. THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS

“You can always tell a Star Wars fan by how much they hate Star Wars.”  -The People vs. George Lucas Every year Comic Con rolls around, and every year I experience a renewed fascination with the vagaries and complexities of […]

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