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Inside a Pop Mystery: Denny Tedesco on The Wrecking Crew (2008)

By Pete Donnelly. A group of long-revered musicians who performed countless hits in the 60s and 70s, the “Wrecking Crew” consisted of mostly unheard of session players who created a production line style, a kind of music-making machine. Record producers relied on their exceptional competence and speed to “crank out the hits,” including Frank Sinatra’s […]

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The 11th Annual Boulder International Film Festival

By Brad Weismann. The success rate is dismal. All the rules have changed. How does a film festival feel its way forward? The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), which took place this year from March 5th through March 8th, began its second decade by keeping its head down and sticking to the basics. It has […]

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Tall Tales: Now You Are, Now You’re Gone

By Noah Charney. Gangsters, guns, violence, wit. Let me begin by praising Tall Tales: Now You Are, Now You’re Gone (Suplje Price: Zdej te je, a zdej te ni) for being thoroughly un-Slovene. It has action and pace, two rare attributes in the world of Slovene cinema, which too often mistakes boring for artsy. It […]

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Keeping the Peace: A SXSW Interview on Peace Officer (2015)

By Jude Warne. Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber are no strangers to the investigative process; as immensely talented documentary filmmakers, this is part of what they do. Dub Lawrence, the subject of the team’s SXSW-screened film Peace Officer, is no stranger to this either, having been a police officer that helped to break the Ted […]

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El Club: A Berlinale Review

By Zhuo-Ning Su.  When No (2012) took the festival circuit by storm and eventually won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination some years back, there were probably a handful of us who remained unconvinced or even slightly mystified. The historical drama about the ad campaign that brought down Pinochet’s military regime was certainly substantial, informative, […]

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Little Release and Little Inspiration: Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm 2015

By Axel Andersson. It was still cold when Stockholm’s documentary film festival Tempo opened in early March. The miserable rain underlined the city’s forlorn dampness for both old and new inhabitants. Roma hounded out of their central European homes by prejudice and persecution to beg through an unforgiving Nordic winter were in the latter category. […]

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Filming Independently in Manchester: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan and Neil Ely on Three In a Bed (2014)

By Tom Ue. Three In a Bed probes the often-complicated relationship between our families and our romances. Trained at UCLA Film School, Lloyd Eyre-Morgan is a 26-year-old film director from Manchester who has had three films released internationally. Neil Ely is a playwright and filmmaker based in Manchester. Beginning in fringe theatre, he is now slowly […]

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Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of the Journal of Popular Film and Television on Holmes Onscreen (Tentative Title)

Edited by Tom Ue, Department of English, University College London Heralded by The Telegraph as a “global phenomenon,” BBC’s Sherlock is now one of the most commercially and critically successful television series of all time. The global recognition of Sherlock, combined with the recent discovery of Arthur Berthelet’s 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes starring William […]

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Ghost in the Light: Nina Forever (A SXSW Review)

By Paul Risker. From its opening breath, Nina Forever feels like a film that appeals not solely to our superficial and aesthetic gaze, but to our instincts. The opening sounds of a crash and the flashes of light that have become ingrained and associated with accidental tragedy offer a haunting presence. It is as though Nina’s […]

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The Site of Nature: Exteriority and Overexposure in The Thin Red Line

By Trevor Mowchun. “Have mountains, and waves, and skies, no significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as emblems of our thoughts? The world is emblematic.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature) There is a sense in which it could be said that the natural world is beyond language. The looming precipice of […]

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