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Film blogger, film critic, and now President of Benten Films (, a DVD distribution company that I run with fellow critic and dear friend Aaron Hillis. Oh, but I'm still a part-time misanthrope.
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Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Kino Satellite
Nice review Glenn. While I agree that the writing was a notch above other films in the "genre", I still feel it's all a bit too self-satisfied. "Dunham's depiction of Aura has an insufficient amount of distance..." -- Yes, and this is precisely my problem with it. Several months back I got into an argument with somebody about the film, and after an exasperating back and forth he simply said, "It isn't made for people your age." If that's the best defense, well....
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on "Tiny Furniture" at Some Came Running
"Berlin ist eine Stadt, verdammt dazu, ewig zu werden, niemals zu sein" ("Berlin is a city condemned forever to becoming and never to being.") -- Karl Scheffler, Berlin: A City of Destiny, 1910 I've never been particularly comfortable with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Fair enough. Cheeseburgers can have that effect. However, regarding your question about the need for parentheticals, I feel that there's a difference between Karina writing at Spout (where she was both author and sole editor, if I'm not mistaken) and at the L.A. Weekly. There are (and always will be) plenty of films that have tremendous festival success but don't land distribution deals, for a whole host of reasons. Karina, who attends many festivals, knows this. Had the piece been less specific, I wouldn't have minded as much, but as it stands it reads like little more than a bit of free publicity for the film. It's more of a press release than the kind of investigate think-piece that Karina normally excels at. I don't question or doubt her feelings towards the film, but I think a brief statement at the beginning piece was in order. (I'll add my own parenthetical -- I am solidly neutral about HARMONY AND ME. I thought it was fine, nothing more. There are more deserving films lacking distribution, IMO.)
"We need to meet each other and network and be at these festivals in order to gain access and then form an opinion." Don -- I've read this sentence a handful of times, and I simply don't get it. Gain access to what, exactly? But more troubling is the idea that networking with other critics/bloggers and/or filmmakers is a prerequisite to forming an opinion.
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Mar 15, 2010
Between the newly inflated Best Picture category, the battle-of-the-sexes banter, the joy from fanboydom, the shenanigans of an over-zealous producer, and the feigned ex-spousal rivalry drummed up by the media, the Interweb has been all ablaze with Oscar-related stories at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Well, it's not quite the long-promised return to blogging (which, as Buddha is my witness, will happen in the near future) but I did want to mention that besides my occasional stint at Time Out New York, or getting beat-up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Inspired by my good friend Adrian Curry, whose Movie Posters of the Decade post over at The Auteurs led critic (and Twitter fiend) Roger Ebert to issue forth a "bleh" (and then respond with his own choices), I thought I'd join in on the fun and put together a post on posters as well. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Hello Jim -- First off, I love the Journal theme - thank you for sharing it. I have one question - is it possible, using custom CSS, to change the widths of the content columns? I'd prefer if the alpha was wider, and I'm willing to sacrifice some space on the right column. I've tried making changes myself with custom CSS, but when I do so I lose the right column (I'm using the two-column-right version). Any ideas? Thanks!
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After a two month unplanned hiatus, Like Anna Karina's Sweater is back, and with a new look to boot. It was never my intention to stay away for so long, but matters both personal and professional consumed nearly all of my waking hours. As a means of celebrating the blog's revival, I thought I'd offer a gift to all of you -- an unofficial (and unauthorized) soundtrack to the 2009 New York Film Festival, which is currently in its waning days. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at Like Anna Karina's Sweater