Author Archives: Matthew Sorrento

The Fever Dreams Continue: On Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces

With characters so intriguing and narratives so deep, it’s hard to figure out where Pedro begins: with the plot or the people.

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Review: "The Lovely Bones" a Career Low

Peter Jackson’s head must have been spinning as he read Alice Sebold’s disturbing if obvious novel, “The Lovely Bones.” After viewing the film version, we’d guess that the novel brought many a fantastical set piece to the filmmaker’s vision. The otherworld of the novel’s dead girl, Susie Salmon, suggests all sorts of whims: trees bursting […]

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In "Invictus": Where’d that Joe Clark Go?

Morgan Freeman’s role in “Invictus” is a universe away from his role in “Lean on Me,” even if both characters turn around troubled institutions. The latter film, from 1989, features Freeman as Joe Clark, the real life principal who brought tough love to a near militaristic level. Clark, who coins himself “Batman” for his penchant […]

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Bright Lights, Big Cine: Interview with Bright Lights’ Editor Gary Morris

Bright Lights Film Journal, which offers some of the finest film writing out there, took the gamble and went virtual in 1996 after an on-off history in print.

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Saving the Westmont: Interview with Theatre Historian/Activist Allen F. Hauss

by Phil Hall (reprinted from Film Threat, April 18, 2009)For the serious movie lover, there are few things more depressing than a theatre that is shut down. The rise of the conglomerate-owned multiplexes in the 1970s helped to speed the decline of many independently owned community theatres, and today many of the smaller venues exist […]

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Midnight Picnic

Just finished Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca…in the middle of Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler (fascinating tale about one ambitious fellow…unfortunately, the story’s often about business, with many numbers crunched).

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Book Review: Reading Brokeback Mountain: Essays on the Story and the Film

Reading Brokeback Mountain

Thankfully, unlike those simpler films of lesser quality, many dynamics to Brokeback are still unchartered.

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Review: Merciless Fates in Lance Hammer’s Ballast

No mercy is shown to the players in Ballast, and not much more to the film’s viewers.

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Review: Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne)

Even the more inventive thrillers will fall back on convention, as this new French entry does in its opening minutes.

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Book Review: Defining Moments in Movies, edited by Chris Fujiwara

Defining Moments in Movies

Moments takes us decade by decade to profile scenes often emblematic to their respective works.

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Review: Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World

Encounters at the End of the World movie image Werner Herzog

This filmmaker can’t resist extremes, both geological and psychological.

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Dreams with Sharp Teeth: Documenting Harlan Ellison

Matthew Sorrento reviews the new documentary about famed writer Harlan Ellison

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A Boy’s Prayer, a Filmmaker’s Passion: An Interview with Director Ilana Trachtman

Director of Praying with Lior talks with Matthew Sorrento

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Back to the Beginning: Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows

Criterion Collection presents journeyman director Louis Malle’s debut, a French exercise in noir.

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Finding Woody: Allen’s Play It Again, Sam

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in bed

1971’s Play it Again, Sam previews how Woody Allen would soon elevate his comic acumen into masterful studies of tragic romance.

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