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Nathan Adloff on Volleyball, Technology, and the 90s of Miles

By Tom Ue. Nathan Adloff made his feature film debut with Nate & Margaret, for which he was director, co-writer, and producer. It sold for worldwide distribution prior to completion and received a commendatory review from Roger Ebert. Nathan acted in Joe Swanberg’s early films and IFC series. His short film “Cock N’ Bull,” in which […]

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Park Row: Spotlight’s Other Forefather

By Paul Risker. It would be all too easy to label Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight (2015) as this generation’s All the President’s Men (1976). Alan J. Pakula’s film, based on the Watergate scandal, featuring Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), has the status of a modern classic and stands as […]

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In Praise of Susan Oliver: The Green Girl (2014)

By Tony Williams. “She was so much more than the Green woman in Star Trek” (George Pappy DVD audio-commentary). “What I knew I didn’t want was to just get married and become a housewife and lose my identity.” (Oliver: 81) Produced and directed by George Pappy, who also co-wrote the script with editor Amy Glickman Brown, […]

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An Under-Nourishing Meal: Sunset Song

By Elias Savada. Terence Davies does love his literary adaptations. His 2011 romantic drama The Deep Blue Sea was based on Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play of post-war relationships gone bad. Three of Davies’ features spring from the books of others, including The Neon Bible (1996) and The House of Mirth (2000), which came from novelists John […]

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The Mind as Camera: Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. In November 1974, when Werner Herzog was thirty-two, he walked from Munich to Paris, over five hundred miles in three weeks. Herzog had received word that his friend and mentor, film critic and historian Lotte Eisner, was gravely ill and would probably die. Struck with the kind of unexplainable […]

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Too Short on Criticism?

By Paul Risker. “The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987) Desire is both a life sustaining and a destructive force, from which derives the human sin of greed. While desire is an emotional experience greed is an assault on […]

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Looking Back at The Graduate

By Jeremy Carr.  Ben Braddock, Dustin Hoffman’s titular character from Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate, is first seen staring straight ahead aboard an airplane. He looks off in a trance-like gaze that will be repeated throughout the film. This type of far-away expression is the perfect physical pose— and an apt visual signifier—for Ben’s […]

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“I Don’t Do Sentimental Journeys”: An Interview with Agnieszka Holland

By Alex Ramon. Few filmmakers can claim a more diverse and distinctive career than Agnieszka Holland, a truly global artist who’s worked in Germany, France, Czech Republic, England and the United States, as well as her native Poland. From historical to contemporary subject matter, original scripts to literary adaptations, studio and independent films to major […]

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The Struggle Toward Beauty: Terence Davies on the Road to Sunset Song

By Paul Risker. While Sunset Song (2015) takes us on a journey into the world of Kinraddie, Scotland pre-World War I and during the ensuing war years, for British filmmaker Terence Davies it is the culmination of a journey. Perhaps it would be more apt to describe it as a struggle, because if things had have gone to […]

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Programming in Constant Change: An Interview with Charles Morris

By David A. Ellis. Charles Morris has been running cinemas for nearly twenty-eight years in northern England. His company is Northern Morris Associated Cinemas Ltd., named after the erstwhile Southan Morris Associated Cinema Circuit. He runs six cinemas, four of which are in Yorkshire and all are over 75 years old. One of his theaters, the Royalty, […]

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