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by / on January 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: DETECTIVE QUESTIONS

Whether it’s Nick Charles offering tips on martini-shaking, Murakami questioning the definition of criminal, or Easy Rawlins crossing police-enforced racial lines to find justice in 1948 Los Angeles, the Detective is a complex character. Despite the different personalities behind them, […]

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by / on January 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: DETECTIVE ORIGINS

Are detectives born with sleuthing in their hearts, or is their detective character born out of circumstance? For Week 3 of our month featuring film detectives, we’re returning to the private sector, which is just as murky and intriguing as […]

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by / on January 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: DETECTIVE PHILOSOPHY

Week Two of Eternal Characters’ Detective Month carries some traces of Week One, as another detective character probes into the very nature of the detective role. But unlike Nick Charles and his assured analysis, Stray Dog’s rookie homicide detective Murakami is far from sure about […]

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by / on January 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: DETECTIVE RULES

As this column builds to its one year anniversary, the month of January will be spent on The Detective, for no other reason than it’s one of this writer’s favorite types of characters. In film and book, Detectives both seek […]

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by / on December 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm / in Eternal Characters, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: SIMPLY HAVING A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a daunting task to write about your favorite movie and the beloved character that carries it. To me, Frank Capra’s masterpiece is far from a movie about Christmas, as some may assume. It’s a Wonderful Life is one of […]

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by / on December 19, 2014 at 12:50 am / in Everything Else, Features

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK LIVE-READ

I’ll say this right now and get it out of the way early… Living in L.A. definitely has its perks. So here’s the short version of the story… Early Tuesday afternoon I read an article that says Jason Retiman’s next […]

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by / on December 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features, Uncategorized

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: A REALITY CHRISTMAS  

I’ve already gone on record  naming Barbara Stanwyck as an actor you will love regardless of the character she plays. One of her more charming characters could easily be overlooked as a character simply offering comedic relief and holiday cheer.  However […]

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by / on December 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: MERRY BOSSES

Bosses aren’t ideal characters. There’s a lot of reasons why: their very name is a negative adjective (don’t even think about adding “pants” to it, unless you’re Tina Fey, in which case it’s an awesome word); awful sequels are made about […]

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by / on December 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: THE MOST MAGICAL MACHINE TO FIX

Sometimes a film’s strengths can be so powerful that they leave the audience blind to the beauty of the quieter nuances of a story’s characters and their emotions. When released, Hugo was heralded by Roger Ebert as being “unlike any […]

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by / on November 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm / in Eternal Characters, Everything Else, Features, Uncategorized

ETERNAL CHARACTERS OF THE FILM LOVER’S MIND: WHAT HAPPINESS IS TO YOU

Zoe: You can’t make everyone happy. Poppy: There’s no harm in trying that Zoe, is there? Typically, actors don’t win Oscars for playing happy characters. Longsuffering, complicated, and even mentally unstable characters are the champions of award season. It’s difficult […]

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