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In Search of Beethoven (DVD)

While the title of Phil Grabsky’s latest documentary may suggest a focus on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, the focus is primarily on the music.

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Interview: Judah Thomas and the Challenge of Faith-Based Filmmaking


Within the independent film world, Christian-themed cinema has been a vibrant undercurrent that has been quietly growing for a number of years. One of the newest filmmakers within this genre is Judah Thomas.

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Coolidge Corner Theater Screens the Emerson Five

Anyone who happens to be in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA should definitely attend the screening of five outrageously talented, independent filmmakers.

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DVD REVIEW: The Lark Farm

The Lark Farm

Credit should be given for putting a long overdue spotlight on this atrocious chapter of 20th century history.

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DVD Review: "Alice in Wonderland (1966)"

Timed for release in conjunction with the premiere of the latest Tim Burton film, this rarely seen 1966 BBC production from Jonathan Miller takes a radically different approach to the Lewis Carroll landmark. The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England: the story unfolds amid drawing rooms […]

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Review: "Mid-August Lunch"

Gianni Di Gregorio directs and stars in this mild light comedy about a middle-aged unemployed Roman named Gianni who is living with his 93-year-old mother in a condominium apartment. Amidst mounting debts – including an electric bill that has not been paid in three years – Gianni agrees to look after the building manager’s elderly […]

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Retro Cinema: Pink Flamingos

The problem with cult movies is that the viewer is who not part of the cult following is often left confused at what the fuss is all about.

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The Psychology of a Narrative: The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Recent discussions about The Hurt Locker illustrate the audience’s varying and conflicting needs regarding works of fiction.

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Mythologizing Identity: The Lightning Thief

by David RyanPercy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is based on Rick Riordan’s first Percy Jackson novel, one of my ten-year old son’s favorites. Because this series is aimed primarily at boys (Perseus is 12 years old in the first book), Riordan places aspects of classical mythology rather than philosophy at the thematic […]

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A Really Irritable Dream: Scorsese’s "Shutter Island"

De Niro’s long since served as an inspiration to Scorsese – it now appears that the paycheck is the actor’s main motivation. He hasn’t worked for the filmmaker since the 1990s, when the former starred in the powerfully creepy remake of “Cape Fear.” In this film, the director tributed classic crime with a modern, more […]

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Sundance Film Festival Review: 8: The Mormon Proposition

by Whitney BorupAs far as I’m concerned, 8: The Mormon Proposition has its heart in the right place. But, I’m coming from avery biased position. 8 attacks the church in ways that will be construed as manipulative and underhanded and, therefore, will end up preaching to the choir. Then again, Mormons are up to the […]

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Retro Cinema: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Vincente Minnelli’s 1970 adaptation of the Alan Jay Lerner-Burton Lane musical “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” has widely been dismissed as a failure, although the film has generated a small cult following that consider it to be an overlooked gem.

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DVD Review: "The Best of Match Game"

Unlike other classic 1970s TV games shows, the appeal of “Match Game” had more to do with comedy than competition. Quite frankly, no one tuned in to root for plucky contestants or to get caught up in the addictive nature of the game. Instead, the audience was hypnotized by the show’s offbeat personality – something […]

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DVD Reviews: Afghan Muscles and Bigger, Stronger, Faster

George Butler and Robert Fiore’s Pumping Iron debuted 33 years ago, focusing on a number of bodybuilders, including Arnold Schwarzenegger. Because so few documentaries give us insight into an improbable kind of hyper-masculinized identity, briefly contextualizing two recent efforts with Butler and Fiore’s film seems useful.Afghan Muscles and Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Side Effects of […]

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DVD Review: Che – Criterion Collection


Benicio Del Toro is astoundingly at ease in Guevara’s skin. During the black and white sequences, it practically feels like a documentary.

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