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The Importance of Editing

Here’s a great cut. A startling cut. A cut that tells the whole story. One image to the other: Boom. Michael Luciano was the editor of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. He worked with Robert Aldrich quite a bit … Continue reading

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Review: American Fable (2017)

I reviewed American Fable, the REALLY impressive debut from writer-director Anne Hamilton for Rogerebert.com.

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From Arrow Films UK: Woody Allen Box Set 1986 – 1991

Arrow Films/Video in the UK has been putting out Woody Allen box sets, and their latest covers the years 1986-1991. I was so honored to be asked to write the booklet essay for one of my favorite Woody Allen films, … Continue reading

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Review: Kedi (2017)

I can’t say enough good things about Kedi. It’s a must-see. It won’t be playing multiplexes probably. For any of you out of reach of arthouses, keep an eye out for this one on VOD. Very special. My review of … Continue reading

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

I was excited I was assigned this one. Oh, and Supernatural fans, “Brady” – Sam’s old BFF fro Stanford – plays the villain. A villain who is also a book editor. Because of course! My review of Fifty Shades Darker … Continue reading

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955); d. Nicholas Ray

For James Dean’s birthday: An essay I wrote about Rebel Without a Cause, when the new restoration was released theatrically in 2013. I first saw Rebel Without a Cause when I was the general age of the main characters in … Continue reading

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Review: Mr. Gaga (2017)

I’m a sucker for a good dance documentary, and Mr. Gaga, about Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, is very very good. It opens today. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com.

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January 2017 Viewing Diary

Conspiracy (2001; d. Frank Pierson) The definition of “the room where it happens”. The awful room where something vile was decided. The TV movie starring Kenneth Branagh (so excellent) about the Wannsee Conference. It’s superb. Based on the one surviving … Continue reading

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I Am Michael (2016)

James Franco and Zachary Quinto star in I Am Michael, the strange story of Michael Glatze, who converted to Christianity and very publicly announced that he was no longer homosexual. My review of I Am Michael is now up on … Continue reading

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The Criterion Collection: the release of Something Wild (1961)

At long last, Something Wild, a nearly-unknown film from 1961, and a masterpiece, is available to purchase on Criterion. I was honored to be asked to write the essay, which is now up on Criterion’s site: Something Wild: Last Chances. … Continue reading

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