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You're right about "The Informant!". At the very least, it should have had a nomination for the score...
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2010 on I, For Film at Like Anna Karina's Sweater
Mind if I cut in?
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2009 on Nouvelle vague at pullquote
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Very nice song.... Why have I never heard of this guy before?
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2009 on Musical interlude at Some Came Running
Couldn't have been said better. Anyone who loves American movies is in his debt. In this age where film history is constantly being rewritten by AFI tv specials and whatever Wal-Mart chooses to stack, where the word "classic" is casually applied to the likes of "Caddyshack", "Top Gun" and "Staying Alive" (all recent examples I've encountered), we owe Sarris for resurrecting the likes of Ford, Hawks, Sturges and Ray when the Hollywood studios were ready to banish their own libraries to the limbo of late-night tv. I hope some savvy website (like maybe one that takes it's name from a Vincente Minelli film?) can find a place for him.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2009 on To Andrew Sarris at Some Came Running
Great choices. Most of these would be on my own list. The Vigo book and circumstances of its purchase reminded me of the first film book I ever purchased, the old Praeger volume on Georges Franju, purchased from a remainder table. Not only had I not seen any of the films in it, I'd never even heard of Franju. I was just so enthralled at the whole books-about-movies concept that I had to pick it up.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2009 on The Cinematic Word at Some Came Running
I'm inclined to guess that neither "Encounters" nor "Man on Wire" (and am frankly a little mystified by the widespread popularity of the latter). Right now, I'd give "The Garden" the edge.
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2009 on Prognosticating at pullquote
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Not worth getting worked up about? Try watching "Once Upon a Time in the West" or "2001" in a pan-and-scan version.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2008 on Sketches at pullquote
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I feel your pain.. but with digital projection, things are probably a lot less painful that they were when I ran a theatre 20 years ago (and we showed "Little Dorrit"!!) How come no one ever thought to devise some sort of dumbwaiter to the projection booth?
Toggle Commented May 25, 2008 on Cri de Cannes at pullquote
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Pretty wild... The British music magazine Uncut recently ran a piece where they took song lyrics and translated them through 5 different languages (kind of like that game where you sit in a circle and whisper a message).. Guess who's only hit came out as: "Michael's slenderness is to blame for my brain exploding. Hello!" ?
Toggle Commented May 25, 2008 on TB TX Dance at pullquote
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Coincidentally, MGM just announced a straight-to-video sequel to "War Games" this week.. Maybe the ending will be different this time.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2008 on The only winning move is not to play. at pullquote
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Koch's clueless ramblings aside, "Shine A Light" is absolutely astounding, and probably the best concert film since "The Last Waltz". But Hizzoner is right about one thing: It's one LOUD movie. My ears were ringing so much the day after I saw it that I felt like I must have been at the real thing..
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2008 on Sympathy for the devil at pullquote
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When I taught "Kane" I used to stress Welles' ability to stretch every medium he worked in to its limit. I also spent a lot of time dealing with the visual effects, since I think it's probably the best special-effects movie that's ever been made...
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Contempt, The Long Goodbye, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, The American Friend, Being There (if you're feeling ambitious - Lolita, and if you don't mind skirting the fiction/non-fiction debate - Fear and Loathing in Las vegas...)
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2008 on La la lotus land lit at pullquote
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I interviewed a lot of filmmakers and actors during the 80s and 90s, but there's one encounter that I always cherish. A relatively unknown producer and occasional director had made an expensive all-star biopic and, unable to secure a distributor, was testing the film in my area while considering distributing it himself. We had an interview/lunch but said producer was, I had been warned by the publicists, already a bit in the cups. At some point in our (on his part) slurred conversation, the subject of the then-topical film version of "Annie" and its enormous budget came up. He looked at me conspiratorially and said "I'll tell you something". And then he reached over and actually turned my tape recorder off, so potent was the message he was about to deliver. And then he said it: "I hope they lose their money."
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2007 on Uh oh, it's magic at pullquote
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