The Third Man (1949), RESTORED

My film story, The Third Man was never written to be read but only to be seen ... For me it is impossible… [more]

The Third Man (1949), RESTORED The Third Man (1949), RESTORED

Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor’s New Clothes

Sorry for the delay, guys. Life at the movies has been rather hectic lately. The dust has settled,… [more]

Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor’s New Clothes Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor's New Clothes

Random Thoughts on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Full disclosure: I have a very vague recollection of the original, Mel Gibson-headlined films in this… [more]

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Hometown Movie Palaces

First off, my apologies for not posting recently. The work-life balance has been a bit askew meaning… [more]

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Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

Written by Alex Garland (scribe of 2002 infected zombie thriller 28 Days Later), Ex Machina also marks… [more]

Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

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Happy 99th Olivia!

Happy July 1st everyone! I decided to carve out a bit of the day today to celebrate Ms. Olivia deHavilland's 99th birthday. Yeah! In doing my little bits of "research," I surprised myself by discovering that to date, I have never really put together an appreciation post solely dedicated to … [Read More...]

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The Third Man (1949), RESTORED

My film story, The Third Man was never written to be read but only to be seen ... For me it is impossible to write a film play without first writing a story. - Graham Greene, Preface to The Third Man novella Over the years, I have had the occasion to reference The Third Man on this blog. I … [Read More...]

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Random Thoughts on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Full disclosure: I have a very vague recollection of the original, Mel Gibson-headlined films in this series so my perspective on how the film looks and feels may not be entirely on point. Because let's face it - when the original films came out (in 1979, 1981, and 1985, respectively), I was … [Read More...]

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Hometown Movie Palaces

First off, my apologies for not posting recently. The work-life balance has been a bit askew meaning that I have not had the leisure or pleasure of waxing poetic about my latest and greatest thoughts about the world of cinema. But enough of that. I am glad to return with a bit of Friday … [Read More...]

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Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

Written by Alex Garland (scribe of 2002 infected zombie thriller 28 Days Later), Ex Machina also marks his auspicious directorial debut. The film opens with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a milquetoast office worker at the fictional tech behemoth BlueBook; he has just won a Willie Wonka-esque 'golden … [Read More...]

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Seen at Tribeca (Post 3 of ?): Indian Point

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster several years ago, increased scrutiny has piled on the nuclear power industry. On a local level, residents, journalists and regulators alike are players in an increasingly complex environmental and regulatory space where there are raised … [Read More...]

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Seen at Tribeca (Post 2 of ?): A Ballerina’s Tale

A Ballerina's Tale is a "behind the curtain" look at world famous American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland; Copeland is only the fourth African American to hold such a role in the company's history. Director Nelson George chronicles Copeland's prodigious rise from her early days in … [Read More...]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Before I go on any further, let's get a couple of things out of the way: My recap may or may not contain spoilers for anyone who has not seen Avengers: Age of Ultron at the time of this posting. That said, if I were you, I would err on the side of caution and pause on reading any further (that … [Read More...]

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Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor’s New Clothes

Sorry for the delay, guys. Life at the movies has been rather hectic lately. The dust has settled, giving me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on my latest Tribeca Film Festival experience. First, a couple of observations: I LOVE the choice of the Regal Cinemas in Battery Park City … [Read More...]

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Return of the Dream Machine (TCMFF 2015)

I round out my coverage of the 2015 TCM Film Festival thanks to a mishap that resulted from inadequate festival planning on my part. Initially, I intended on rounding out my evening by watching William Friedkin's The French Connection. But as I exited my screening of The Apartment, I was shocked … [Read More...]

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In the Presence of a Legend (TCMFF 2015)

As with any film festival, there are so many other things to do besides actually go to the films … surprising but true, I know :) One of the things that I THANKFULLY carved out some time to attend was the one-on-one with legendary film editor, 89-year old Anne V. Coates, who has clipped films … [Read More...]