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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014
Excellence is where you find it, not where it's forced into some Hollywood genre pigeonhole.

The first six months of 2014 have already passed (time flies when you’re having… to sit through dozens of movies each week???) and there are already pundits pronouncing this the worst year ever, film wise. They point to the lackluster box office, the continuing success of bloated Summer tentpoles, and the inability for those seeking sanctuary from such spectacle to find realistic alternative outlets.


On the other hand, there have been a bevy of interesting efforts released this year that have either flown under the radar or received their standard Cineplex due, confirming that excellence is where you find it, not where it’s forced into some genre pigeonhole that Hollywood has micromanaged to influence international receipts. Indeed, the foreign film market is becoming so important, and profitable, for the Tinseltown suits that they frequently forget that US audiences count, too.


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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
Harvey Weinstein is a savvy showbiz staple with a tendency to re-edit film -- drastically. Here are ten cases where he tackled filmmakers head on. Few survived.
Above from the poster for Edward Scissorhands (1990)


He has a reputation for being a savvy entrepreneur, a tough negotiator, and a true cinephile. Many believe he’s done more for the independent and arthouse scene in the US than any studio tycoon before or since. He’s backed numerous Oscar winners, guided several actors and actresses to their own Academy glory, and is constantly on the lookout for new talent both at home and abroad.


So why does Harvey Weinstein also have one of the worst standings in film? Perhaps the nickname “Harvey Scissorhands” can provide some enlightenment. Over the decades he’s been in the business called show, Weinstein has made more than a few enemies, usually with his actions both outside and inside the editing room. Notorious for taking films and fiddling with them (both with and without their creator’s consent), he’s becomes a blight to some, a savior to others.


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Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014
For our second part of this cinematic weeper overview, we present ten more films sure to get your tear ducts flowing.

Recapping The Top Tearjerkers in Film of All Time: Part 1, we moviegoers love our communal cry fests.


If you missed this pleasure in the theaters, you can indulge at home with others who, hopefully, won’t tease you, but will ask you to pass the tissue box, instead.


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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014
Think you're impervious to crying during a movie? Here is the first part of our two part overview of films guaranteed to get you weeping.

Audiences love to go to the movies that make them laugh. The communal good cheer of a comedy cannot be properly enjoyed unless you’re part of a group, braying like hyperactive hyenas. Movie goers also love to be frightened. Again, there is some kind of mutual bonding that occurs when individuals get together and experience the dread and suspense provided by some Master pulling the cinematic strings.


When it comes to crying, however, hysterics are fine. Heartstrings are not.


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Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
It's been about four years since we offered up a look at the best examples of the found footage film. With a few additions, our feelings remain the same.

In hopes of persuading filmgoers to avoid the mainstream this week and seek out something unusual instead, a new horror movie is being released entitled Willow Creek. It’s the story of some investigators hot on the trail of Bigfoot, and it features the work of one of the unlikeliest auteur’s around - former stand-up turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait. Unfortunately, this first foray into terror is yet another found footage effort filmed with POV shots of shaky backdrops and actors. While reviews have been positive, there’s a good chance that we may have a noble failure on our hands. That’s because there can be a significant struggle required to make a good first person, POV, found footage film. The list of pretenders to the throne—The Poughkeepsie Tapes, The Zombie Diaries, The Last Horror Movie—are many, and for every classic take on the material, there are dozens of desperate wannabes who can’t seem to create compelling characters (Paranormal Activity) or a suspenseful storyline (The Last Exorcism).


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