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Toppling a God: Citizen Jane|Battle for the City

By Elias Savada. Making sense out of urban chaos was more than a dream for Jane Jacobs. It was a battle cry. Jacobs, a writer-journalist turned activist who passed away in 2006, took aim at New York City planning czar Robert Moses, who ruled the Big Apple skyline and parkway system with a concrete fist. His […]

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School’s Out, For Good: My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

By Elias Savada. The film is brief (76 minutes), but the title isn’t – My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea. Not as long (word wise) as 1991’s mouthful Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the […]

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An Unsung Professional – The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez by Dan Van Neste

A Book Review by Tony Williams. Although countless books have appeared in past and present featuring stars, many who never achieved enduring fame are often unjustly neglected despite the fact that they survived and delivered professional performances throughout their careers. One example is Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977). Born in New York City as Jacob Krantz, the […]

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Spiritual Questions: An Interview with Terrence Davies on A Quiet Passion

By Amir Ganjavie. It seems that there is no better subject than the life of Emily Dickinson to attract the attention of Terrence Davies, who is fascinated by questions of patriarchy and fundamentalist religion. Davies could easily find an enormous amount of material to work with in relation to these topics while cinematographically investigating Dickinson’s life. […]

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Another Legend: An Interview with Jason Connery on Tommy’s Honour

By Ali Moosavi. Sometimes it is difficult to establish yourself in an industry where your father has a legendary status. In a few cases, such as Michael and Kirk Douglas, it has happened. Though Jason Connery has been acting in films for over 30 years, he has not managed to come out of his father’s […]

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A Hollywood Love Story: Daniel Raim and Lillian Michelson on Harold and Lillian

By David A. Ellis. Director Daniel Raim is the talent behind the movie Harold and Lillian – A Hollywood Love Story. The film is about Harold Michelson and his wife Lillian, who between them made a significant contribution to many well-known Hollywood movies. They were married for sixty years. Harold was a storyboard artist, illustrator, and […]

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Truth and Fiction: Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire and Queen of the Desert

By John Duncan Talbird. It’s hard to know why Werner Herzog still makes fiction films. He clearly loves to travel to strange and wonderful places as part of his work, to film these landscapes and interpret them. He has the loose, improv nature of the documentarian and his recent documentaries are varied and complex and beautiful […]

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Par for the Course: Tommy’s Honour

By Elias Savada. Both old school and old-fashioned come together in style and substance in Tommy’s Honour, Jason Connery’s passable historical look at golf. The drab (in a good, yet unexciting way) production design is definitely Scottish mid-19th century, and the acting could be called grand without being exceptional. Think a Lifetime movie on the Golf […]

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Hobart Bosworth – Silent Cinema’s Sea Wolf: Behind the Door (1919) from Flicker Alley

By Tony Williams. Ever since seeing that unforgettable still in Kevin Brownlow’s The War, the West, and the Wilderness (1979), the grim-visage of Hobart Bosworth (1867-1943) in Behind the Door (Irvin V. Willat, 1919), wielding a scalpel with the shadow of his victim in the background, has occupied an ineradicable part of my cinematic memory. Obviously influential […]

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Spotlight on the Modern City: An Interview with Pete Travis

By Tom Ue. Pete Travis is an award-winning film and television and director. Before becoming a director, Pete was a social worker. After taking a post-graduate course in filmmaking he bought the rights to Nick Hornby’s Faith and spend £12,000 of his own money to make the film. Faith premiered at the London Film Festival […]

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