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Friday, June 10 2005

Chutzpah and Grace: Anne Bancroft (1931-2005)

Anne Bancroft was one classy broad.

Thursday, June 2 2005

How Lucas Used His Force

With Revenge of the Sith, is it possible that Lucas risked his merchandising empire for his own paternal legacy?

Friday, May 20 2005

Better Than Great: Frank Gorshin (1934-2005)

It was as a straight stage act in smoke-filled clubs and Las Vegas showrooms that Frank Gorshin was at his best.

Tuesday, May 17 2005

Fandom Menace

How few installments of a series can you enjoy while still claiming to be a 'fan'?

Memo to George Lucas: Go to Hell

I'm not in love with you and your special universe anymore. You've let me down and now, you've insulted my intelligence.

Monday, May 16 2005


Harold Lloyd was one of the most and successful silent film comedians. And yet, for today's audiences, he remains mostly unknown. In his day, however, Lloyd rivaled Chaplin and Keaton at the box office, making films for over 20 years.

Friday, May 13 2005

Love Stories: Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 21-28 April 2005

The 2005 Festival delivered on its motto: 'A cultural project proud of its deep roots and fed by the love of cinema and of freedom'.

Friday, May 6 2005

Its Own Mechanism: Before and After, Jean-Luc Godar

Few filmmakers have sought so relentlessly to break down our concepts of projected images and words.

Friday, April 29 2005

Up in the Clouds, At Last: Sir John Mills, 1908-2005

Sir John Mills' life reads much like that of a character in one of his wartime films: average bloke succeeds through determination, hard work, and luck.

Friday, April 8 2005

The Early Sturges: Preston Sturges Screenplays, 1930-1939

Preston Sturges painted an America as out-of-control jalopy full of fast-talking cons, greedy rubes, snappy girls, and exasperated fat cats with cockeyed intentions.

Friday, March 18 2005

Without a Doubt: Teresa Wright, 1918-2005

Teresa Wright demanded and earned respect.

South by Southwest Film 2005: A Field Journal

One film at the festival boasting more established talents is The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity), the

Thursday, March 17 2005

South by Southwest Film 2005: A Field Journal

Days Four and Five: How the Other Half Lives -- From the US to Bolivia to the Philippines, these films journey through the slums and alleys of the world, contemplating those who dwell on the margins and the hardships they must endure.

Wednesday, March 16 2005

South by Southwest Film 2005: A Field Journal

Days Two and Three: Hideous, Kinky -- There are, in fact, meaningful, compelling stories on offer here -- if one could only step away long enough from the plush confines of the VIP room.

Tuesday, March 15 2005

South by Southwest Film 2005: A Field Journal

The Wendell Baker Story The massive gray halls of the Austin Convention Center stretch out in all directions. Taking up a full city block, the

Wednesday, February 23 2005

Lost Beyond the Sea: Sandra Dee (1942-2005)

It's hard to envision Sandra Dee as an actual person. For so long, she was an icon, an emblem of virginal purity who seemed incapable of complexity, vulnerability, or even inner life.

Friday, February 11 2005

Tricked: The Science Fiction Films of Ray Harryhausen

Over his career, spanning 25 years and 15 movies, Ray Harryhausen took to new heights the standards of stop-motion animation and optical compositing.

Monday, February 7 2005

Doing the Right Thing: Ossie Davis (1917-2005)

It's no surprise then that when he passed away on 4 February 2005, Davis was yet a vital, energetic, and -- most importantly -- working actor.

Thursday, January 6 2005

Best Movies 2004

A highlight of 2004 was the way documentary reclaimed a place on the big screen.

Best Movies 2004

This past year's films are at once peculiarly individual expressions and easy to group by genre: studio comedies were funnier than usual; horror films were intriguing in concept but disappointing in execution; science fiction was undercooked.

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