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    Ranking the Films of Director Elia Kazan (part 2): The Essentials

    10: Gentleman’s Agreement Perhaps a bit tame by today’s standards, but Kazan’s message drama was an extremely important film in 1947, marking one of the first times that the word Jew was explicity used in a Hollywood picture. Kazan was known throughout his career as a champion of social causes, and Gentleman’s Agreement earned him the first of […] More

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    So long, Luce: A mother and son at the movies

    Somehow we’d fallen into calling her “Luce the Moose.” No one even remembers why. After that, I used to buy her some kind of moose – a stuffed doll, a carving, anything – every Christmas. Her given name was Lucy Sylvia Mesce. Lucia, actually, but other than her immigrant parents, I don’t think anybody ever […] More

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    The “Gray Ones” Fade To Black

    “How come you only show us clips from movies none of us ever heard of?” She was 30, a single mom who’d admirably gone back to school for a business degree to better things for her and her family.  She’d taken my film appreciation class as an elective, a break from the grind of her […] More

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    Olly Moss Rolling Roadshow Posters Go On Sale Tomorrow

    Olly Moss, one of the artists behind some of the great poster work for the Alamo Drafthouse’s Rolling Roadshow has some great artwork going on sale tomorrow. Tomorrow, February 3rd at a random time, Mondo will be selling Moss’ beautiful posters for There Will Be Blood, Rocky, Jackie Brown, Convoy, The Godfather: Part II, and […] More

  • Karl Malden (1912 – 2009)

    Academy Award winner and Hollywood legend Karl Malden died yesterday at the age of 97 of natural causes. He has had one of the longest and most successful careers of any American actor and starred in some of the most Iconic films of all time (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Birdman of […] More