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    The Mystique of ‘The Godfather’

    It might be cliché by now to admit that The Godfather changed my life, but it truly did change my perspective on the possibilities of cinema. At a very young age, I constantly looked forward to going to the movie theatre. I vividly remember being terrified but thrilled by the realistic dinosaurs of Jurassic Park […] More

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    The Definitive War Movies: 10-1

    Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, […] More

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    New on Video: Robert Altman’s ‘Nashville’

    “With its eclectic cast of individuals from all walks of life (typical for Altman), its sprawling narrative of disjointed personal and professional connections (ditto), and its setting of a distinctly American city around the time of our nation’s bicentennial, Nashville comes across as more than a fictional depiction of characters embodying certain nationalistic traits; it truly feels like the film itself is America in a nutshell.” More

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    5 Surprising Personal Passion Projects of Legendary Directors

    There’s something inherently lonely and tortured about being a director. Yes, you’re the tyrant of the set and dictator of the vision, but you’re also the man (or woman) behind the curtain, the puppet master who never appears on stage….unless you’re Clint Eastwood or Quentin Tarantino. Or Alfred Hitchcock….or Roman Polanski…ANYWAY, the point is that […] More

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    Attack of the Trilogies

    E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have […] More

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    ‘Dracula’, a vampire movie which doesn’t suck

    Dracula Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Written by James V. Har 1992, USA In 1992 director Francis Ford Coppola returned to Bram Stokers source novel as the primary source of inspiration for his gothic chiller Dracula, evading the numerous cinematic translations that have haunted cinema screens over the previous century, giving the classic tale a […] More

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    Extended Thoughts on ‘Return to Oz’

    Return to Oz Directed by Walter Murch Written by Walter Murch and Gil Dennis Starring Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie The concept of a “Disney movie” will always be accompanied by a unique set of preconceived notions, and yet we can’t ever totally agree on what it means for a film to […] More

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    Recommended: ‘Zoetrope: All-Story’ is a magazine film lovers will want on their coffee tables

    Here’s recommended reading: Zoetrope: All-Story. The quarterly periodical, founded by industry mammoth Francis Ford Coppola, publishes a handful of short stories and plays each issue, including a reprint of a piece that eventually made it to the silver screen. Above all, the editors select great writing. And the magazine isn’t subject to any genre restrictions […] More

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