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Blue-Eyed Soulless: the Morgan Spurlock Sellout

By Matthew Sorrento. Morgan Spurlock is one of very few documentarians who seem to find constant work. (Others include Alex Gibney, who must have struck Oscar gold with Taxi to the Dark Side, and obviously, Michael Moore.) With his sizable skill, Spurlock has benefited from his onscreen charisma, which he exploited with a starring role, […]

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The 59th Taormina Film Fest

By Oliver C. Speck. In June 2012, it seemed that the 58th Taormina Film Fest might be the last one: too many changed schedules, too many bad projections and too many uninspired films marred what was once one of Europe’s premiere international film festivals. After being moved twice, the festival finally took place in a reduced […]

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Blue Jasmine, and the Curious Career of Woody Allen

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine, has received mixed reviews from the daily critics, who don’t seem to know quite what to make of it. It’s one of Allen’s most serious films to date, and one of his most unforgiving, both of itself, and of society as a whole. Allen’s career has […]

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Film4 Frightfest 2013 | Day 3

By Cleaver Patterson.  Crime and man’s inhumanity to man, in one form or another, has frequently proved prime fodder for thrillers and horror films. Two shown on the festival’s third day were perfect examples of this. Though they could not have been more different in subject matter, these films showcased perfectly the cruelty man can, […]

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The Go Doc Project (2013)

By Mark James. The Go Doc Project, a new collaboration between writer/director Cory Krueckeberg and lead Tanner Cohen (they worked together previously on the 2008 Were the World Mine), sets up its stakes quickly. Cohen plays Doc, a Columbia near-graduate with a vlog and a ticket to Iowa where he’ll be able to write (presumably […]

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Film4 Frightfest 2013 | Day 2

By Cleaver Patterson.  Horror films are a funny old business. Even those which fall within this field can be as different as day from night, and those that appeal to one fan may not to another. The films which made up the festival’s first full day programm–including an exclusive screening of English writer/director James Moran’s […]

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On the Road (2012)

By Brandon Konecny. The adaptation of a novel to film is a difficult undertaking. Our judgment of a novel’s cinematic counterpart is, as Robert Stam perceptively points out, profoundly moralistic: we use such words as “infidelity” and “betrayal” to communicate our discontent with a filmic rendering of a text, each declaration brimming with hostility. The […]

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 | Day 1

By Cleaver Patterson. London’s Leicester Square may have been a washout on Thursday night, but that did not stop the annual FILM4 FrightFest festival getting off to a suitably gruesome start, after the four men (Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray, Alan Jones and Greg Day) who lay claim to this festival brainchild took to the stage […]

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Cinema Ritrovato 2013 Festival Report

By Patrick Keating and Lisa Jasinski. During its eight day run in July 2013, the 27th Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival offered a dizzying schedule of screenings, conversations, and special events at five local venues throughout the compact city center of Bologna, Italy. The festival brought together 17 programs, celebrating rarely seen and recently restored prints […]

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Elysium (2013)

By Steven Harrison Gibbs. I should begin by stating that I do not regularly indulge in assessing the average narrative film with politics near the forefront of my mind. When it comes to film criticism, I prefer to place emphasis on other aspects that, at least for me, play a much greater role in determining […]

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