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    ‘Argo’ a crackling thriller brimming with unbearable tension

    Argo Directed by Ben Affleck Written by Chris Terrio USA, 2012 Improbably, Ben Affleck has turned his career around in the last few years from the pit where such cinematic embarrassments as Gigli and Daredevil forever reside. He’s essentially transformed himself from a tabloid cover-star into a poised actor-director who subscribes to the “Hollywood doesn’t […] More

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    Great Films Directed by Women Pt. 1

    Not too long ago I asked the Sound On Sight staff to choose their ten favourite films of all time. The result led to mixed reactions (both by staff and readers), and some angry feedback. But how could any of us select only ten films from the thousands we’ve seen and walk away happy with […] More

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    Ten Terrific War Movies You Probably Never Heard Of

    I’ve always been a war film buff, maybe because I grew up with them at a time when they were a regular part of the cinema landscape. That’s why I read, with particular interest, my Sound on Sight colleague Edgar Chaput’s recent pieces on The Flowers of War (“The Flowers of War Is an Uneven […] More

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    An Uneasy Peace: The Disappearing War Film

    They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, neither shall they learn war any more. Isaiah 2:4 War is a nation’s ultimate commitment of blood and treasure.  As such, the stories a people tells about its wars – and don’t tell […] More

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    A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Oscars (part 2)

    I will leave the discussion of what/who won/didn’t win and why/why not to others.  I have only one concern:  Did it work? For the now befuddled, let me recap what I laid out back in January when the 2011 Academy Award nominations were announced: A year earlier, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences […] More

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    Hollywood’s First War

    As happens every year around this time, the cable spectrum has been heavily laced with programming throughout the week commemorating Veterans Day.  HBO trundled out its full epic and brutal miniseries The Pacific for a one-day re-run broken up by the debut of the James Gandolfini-hosted documentary War Torn 1861-2010, a disturbing look at the […] More

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    If I Ran the Oscars

    This may be the year the Oscars get out of their ratings slump. The expanding of the Best Picture category from five to ten was a smart move. Its big enough to include red state crowd pleasers (The Blind Side), fan boy fare (District 9), the biggest movie ever (Avatar), and at least one ballsy […] More

  • 2010 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

    The Oscar telecast will air on ABC on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 8 pm EST. Best Picture Avatar dir. James Cameron Stars: Sam Worthington Sigourney Weaver Michelle Rodriguez The Hurt Locker 2009 dir. Kathryn Bigelow Starring Jeremy Renner Anthony Mackie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire dir. Lee Daniels Stars: Gabourey ‘Gabby’ […] More

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    The 100 Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 (part 3)

    79–  Divine Intervention (2002) Directed by  Elia Suleiman Genre: Dark Comedy, Drama Palestinian writer-director Elia Suleiman has rightfully been compared to Charlie Chaplin with his talent to create such brilliant deadpan black out sketches in the midst of his long slow-paced moments of expressive silence. Divine Intervention is his second feature, best described as the […] More

  • Top 10 Films of 2009 so far.

    As the summer winds down, I decided to make my list of my ten favorite films so far in the year. With TIFF and Oscar season on their way, there’s a good chance that only half these films will make my top ten come the end of the year, but I felt the need to […] More