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Thursday, November 10 2005

Benji the Inscrutable

Benji is a child's movie, complete with stereotyped characters, cheesy jokes, and goofy kid-pleasing pratfalls that make parents cringe. But its quiet moments verge sometimes, improbably, on the sublime.

Wednesday, November 9 2005

Rediscovering Cinematic Pleasures

Torino hosts a series of intimate film festivals, including Cinemambiente and Festival Cinema delle Donne. Younger filmmakers are especially well received, with public school screenings and student juries at both festivals.

Friday, September 23 2005

The Hidden Festival: Telluride 2005

Nestled in exclusive artistic and geographic majesty, Telluride is a film lover's feast of the senses.

Perseverance: Robert Wise (1914-2005)

Robert Wise adapted to his subject matter, believing the genre and the story dictated the manner in which the movie was made, not the other way around.

Wednesday, August 31 2005

True Bliss: Celebrating The Big Lebowski

Lebowski Fest celebrates the irrational exuberance of a cult classic community.

Friday, August 26 2005

BAMcinématek Presents: “A New World: Shirley Clarke” (1-4 August 2005)

The BAM series, a testament to Shirley Clarke's eclectic tastes, talents, and influences, also seemed incomplete, the record of a career stifled by circumstances.

Thursday, August 11 2005

Monsters in the Closet: Killer Kids and Queer Identity

Evil kiddie killers in film symbolically unearth our secret paranoid fears of a gay planet and what that could mean for the always-under-siege American family.

Friday, July 29 2005

Solidly Constructed: Ernest Lehman, 1915-2005

Ernest Lehman excelled at the difficult and notoriously thankless task of translating stage musicals to the screen.

Thursday, July 21 2005

James Dean Iconography: Archetypes, Stereotypes, and the Imitation of Life

James Dean's devastatingly good looks and '50s loner chic have often overshadowed his intuitive acting style; many look at Dean in retrospect and see a matinee idol, a pin-up, not a craftsman on the exulted level of his contemporary Marlon Brando.

Friday, July 1 2005


Winchell is best known as the voice of that bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, ball of Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! called Tigger.

Tuesday, June 21 2005

Geeks Globally Act Locally: Otaku Cinema Slam! (4 March-27 May 2005)

The basic generic reference points for Otaku Cinema Slam! are accessible to Western viewers, but the cultural particulars may not be clear.

Friday, June 17 2005

Cape Fear: Courage, Calling and Community in Batman Begins

Batman's struggle for moral involvement in his community starkly contrasts with our own cultural narcissism.

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.

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