Category Archives: Movies – General

The Wonderful Reinvented World of Disney

Poor Toto… his fate is still as much up in the air as a bunch of flying monkeys. You’d think that between The Wizard of Oz‘s five directors and twenty screenwriters (credited and not), some bright bulb on the MGM set might … Continue reading

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Filmdom 2012: Best and Worst

Unlike so many of 2012′s films that took a slow, tortured walk to get to some dramatic kernel (e.g., Cosmopolis, The Magic of Belle Isle and People Like Us), let’s jump right into the fray: The Best: The U.S. box office, reporting $10.84 billion, … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Most Miserable Time of the Year

After the opening paragraph, following is a link to my holiday 2012 article published in Salon.com on Dec. 26, 2012: Ever since George Bailey attempted suicide on Christmas Eve in 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Hollywood’s been blurring our visions … Continue reading

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BATMAN DOESN’T QUITE BAT A THOUSAND: NITPICKING THE PLOT HOLES

Yes, The Dark Knight Rises has indeed risen. With the exception of a handful of countries that won’t be seeing Christopher Nolan’s film until August, Batman has flown around the world and, like a catty Catwoman, I have a few things to discuss … Continue reading

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Doing a Verbal Cannes-Cannes

Doing a Verbal Cannes-Cannes, and/or Chatting Without Fear: The #2 classical station in the nation, All Classical 89.9, hosts a weekly podcast, or “audio episode,” each week, called FOUR ON THE AISLE. The players/critics: Ed Goldberg, Becky Ohlsen, D.K. Holm … Continue reading

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Movies, music and wallflowers with MOONRISE KINGDOM’s Jason Schwartzman

Chosen as the opening film at Cannes 2012, as well as one of the twenty-two films selected for the main competition, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has made quite a splash, both in its debut at the festival on May 16, … Continue reading

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Cannes 2012: A Farewell Wrap-Up

Having attended the world’s most celebrated film festival for two years in a row, I can only claim to be slightly seasoned on all things Cannes. But that certainly doesn’t stop me from reflecting on the differences between 2011′s Festival … Continue reading

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Interview from Cannes: Wes Anderson on MOONRISE KINGDOM

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was not only chosen as the opening night selection for Cannes 2012, but earned a slot in the festival’s main competition. (A rare honor indeed; the last time this double bonus occurred was at the 2008 festival, with Fernando … Continue reading

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