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Home viewing: Alfred Hitchcock

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Alfred Hitchcock may not have invented the moving image, but he defined what it was capable of. The son of a London grocer, Hitchcock’s career...

A lesson in unintended consequences

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“What about the ROUS?” “Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist.” — Princess Buttercup and Westley in The Princess Bride Bad news Westley, they...

God’s lonely men

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For most, Taxi Driver is summed up by one of the most famous lines in cinema: “You talking to me?” Conveying masculinity and bravado, it readies angry men for battle. But it is misleading. It is an act, a façade. The truth is found in the line that follows: “Well, I’...

Thou art a symbol and a sign

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Wanting for my happily-ever-after, I lowered my defenses, forgetting the first lesson I was taught: That I was brought into this world to be...

Lust at 6,000 feet

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Movies aren’t reality. They’re visual expressions of an emotional experience. The best filmmakers have known this all along, but it’s worth bringing up, as...

‘We don’t get a lot of things to really care about’

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Deep in the Oregonian woods, a man lives with his pig. He is a recluse with a past; she is a Kunekune with a...

She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie

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It sure is fun to be young. Not yet old enough to experience that odd combination of nostalgia and melancholy that plagues most adults,...

Not a question of where, but why

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Watching movies in 2019 is no longer a question of where, but why. It could be everywhere: Multiplexes, art house theater, film societies, living rooms,...

Just Mercy

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Monroeville, Alabama, 1987: A man is condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Do you need to know the color of his skin,...

Gilda Radner: Her voice and her writing

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There seems to be an endless fascination with the famed Saturday Night Live. While the merits of the weekly television show are continually debated...

Falling through plot holes

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Limitless is about a drug that rewires your brain so that instead of having access to the usual 20 percent, you can utilize it all. Every memory is eidetic; everything you’ve ever seen, heard, learned, touched, tasted can instantly be integrated into your experiences...

War, hot and cold, in ‘Underground’

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Not every movie survives the baptism of time. Even award winners and those end-of-the-year Top Ten movies become buried under years of obsolescence. Which...