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Upside Down (2012)

By Kimberly Behzadi. Upside Down follows the love story of two young people pulled apart by opposing forces. After a floundering theatrical release in early March this year, the film, written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas, has found a small following on the digital platform and is available on Amazon Instant Watch. However, the […]

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Ice (1970) & Milestones (1975)

By Celluloid Liberation Front.  “No hungry man who is also sober can be persuaded to use his last dollar for anything but food. But a well-fed, well-clad, well-sheltered and otherwise well-tended person can be persuaded as between an electric razor and an electric toothbrush. Along with prices and costs, consumer demand becomes subject to management.” […]

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Inside The Asylum: The Outlaw Studio That Changed Hollywood

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “Anyone can make a $100 million dollar movie, but to shoot a feature film in 12-14 days, with a budget that’s probably less than the phone bill on a major studio film is monumental. To do it every four weeks and then release the film three to four months later is […]

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What Maisie Knew (2013)

By Jacob Mertens. “It was to be the fate of this patient little girl to see much more than, at first, she understood, but also, even at first, to understand much more than any little girl, however patient, had perhaps ever understood before. Only a drummer-boy in a ballad or a story could have been […]

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The Wolverine (2013)

By Cleaver Patterson. Comic-book characters must be a Hollywood dream. A film featuring one, if a hit, is a potential goldmine—with the possibility of limitless prequels, sequels, spinoffs and merchandising opportunities, it is a virtual license to print money. Even if a film is not a success, all the studio has to do is wait […]

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I Remember Me: an interview with Carl Reiner

By Amy R Handler. Behind every outstanding man, there’s an even more brilliant woman, and the legendary comedian, writer, director and actor, Carl Reiner agrees wholeheartedly. Of his late wife, and dearest friend, Estelle Lebost Reiner, Carl Reiner proudly admits that Estelle taught him everything he knows. I had the rare pleasure to catch up […]

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Suschitzky and Slocombe: Two Centenarians

David A. Ellis spoke to two legendary lens men. WOLFGANG SUSCHITZKY was born in Vienna on August 29, 1912. He came to England in 1935 and established himself as a photographer. Later he went into documentary work. His first feature film was No Resting Place (1951) directed by Paul Rotha. Suschitzky’s son Peter and grandson […]

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Only God Forgives

By Christopher Sharrett. When I learned that Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film would be set in Bangkok and include martial arts, drugs, and extreme violence, I was disheartened. It seemed that Refn was reaching for a larger audience, with material for which I have no interest at all. I make no claim of expertise on […]

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Business as Usual: James Wan’s The Conjuring

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. The Conjuring is a remarkably traditional film in both style and content; once again exorcism and possession are ramped up for the usual thrill ride, complete with objects flying around the house, children in peril, a possessed mother, ghosts from the past tormenting the living, with special effects that seem remarkably […]

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AFI Docs 2013 Festival Report

By Michael Miller. Sporting a new name and new venues, AFI Docs presented by Audi (formerly Silverdocs) unspooled from June 19 – 23 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland. Dedicated fans of non-fiction film had much to enjoy in this the 11th edition of the festival. The work of acknowledged documentary masters like Barbara […]

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