Home » June 30th, 2016 Entries posted on “June, 2016”

True Accounts of a Classic: Behind the Scenes of Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly by Peter J. Hanley

A Book Review by Tony Williams. This handsome, beautifully illustrated, well-researched book of over 400 pages (from Il Buono Publishing) is another example of the valuable work done by individual talents outsides the institutional confines of an oppressively market-driven publishing industry. Currently available on various Amazon.com links, whether America, the UK or Germany (the latter containing appreciative reviews), […]

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FilmInt on the Underground: Ten Minutes with Johnny Simmons (on The Phenom)

FilmInt on the Underground is a blog dedicated to emerging filmmakers and other talent. By Roy Koriakin. Here goes a ten-minute interview with Johnny Simmons, the lead of a new baseball movie, The Phenom. Ten minutes is a very short amount of time for an interview. He was working on a movie set, so that’s […]

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Michael Morris’ Hermeneutics: Visual Music, Expanded Cinema, New Aesthetic

By Michael Betancourt. Michael Morris’ expanded cinema performances, Second Hermeneutic (2013) lasting approximately nine minutes, and Third Hermeneutic (2014) lasting approximately eleven minutes, are both produced using a combination of traditional 16mm film projectors and video; Third Hermeneutic also employs digital technology – a laptop computer running a custom Midi-controlled piece of software created with the […]

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Free State of Jones: Fumigating the Magnolia

By Christopher Sharrett. I often show students the opening credits and establishing sequence to David O. Selznick’s garish, appalling 1939 film about the Civil War and the Old South, Gone with the Wind. After the credits, we see a crawl that wistfully mourns a time of cavaliers and gentlewomen, of “master and slave” (that phrase […]

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English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby

A Book Review by Cleaver Patterson. In the Author’s Note introducing English Gothic – Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 – the newly updated edition of his comprehensive text on the British film industry’s contribution to horror cinema first published in 2000 – author Jonathan Rigby discusses the effect the popularity of DVDs and Blu-rays have had […]

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Out of the (Garden) House: Rachel Tunnard on Adult Life Skills

By Paul Risker. Adult Life Skills (2016) is filmmaker Rachel Tunnard’s feature debut, a creative expansion of her earlier award winning short film Emotional Fusebox (2014). With an editing background in both shorts and features, Tunnard’s foray into writing and directing has been the recipient of immediate success. While Emotional Fusebox was nominated for Best British […]

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Tunisia at the Movies: An Interview with Programmer Dhia Eddine Felhi

By Matthew Fullerton. Cinema has long been an integral part of the economy and culture of Tunisia: Major Hollywood blockbusters have been filmed in full, or in part, in this small North African country, including Star Wars (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and The English Patient (1996), and since 1966, the nation has hosted les […]

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Curing the Soul of a Troubled World – The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

By Elias Savada. Music and cinema are both universal languages. I can’t think of another film that blends the best of these audio and visual worlds into a most enjoyable adventure about mixed cultures and disparate lives that becomes the sum of much more than its parts. Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who brought the […]

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Close Encounters of the Angelic Kind: Here Comes Mr. Jordan on Criterion

By Tony Williams. Unlike previous DVDs I’ve reviewed, Here Comes Mr. Jordan is my first and highly pleasurable viewing of a film I’d often heard about but never seen. I also missed Warren Beatty’s 1978 re-make Heaven Can Wait, a title change made with that archetypal Hollywood mode of illogical sensibility repeating the familiar title of […]

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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

By Michael Miller. The 15th Tribeca Film Festival unspooled April 13 – 24, 2016 in New York presenting nearly 200 features and shorts from around the globe.  Here are six noteworthy titles that screened at the fest. Several non-fiction and a feature films probed the nature and process of art and artists. The cheeky documentary […]

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