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DVD REVIEW: Some Old Truths: True Grit and The Fighter

True Grit

Many recent films have brought historical verity to narratives clouded in myth.

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IN/FLUX: Mediatrips from the African World

The first in a projected three DVD series, IN/FLUX is a collection of ten short films and videos from Africa.

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Review: L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Those who love hearing fashion discussed as serious art will love this documentary, a portrait of the late iconic French designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

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8 Billion Lives: Amy Miller, Barnet, VT

8 Billion Lives is a platform for short documentary films, each featuring a day in the life of a real person.

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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

JudahThomas

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)

Alice in Wonderland

The most significant aspect here is reinventing Wonderland as a warped parallel universe to Victorian England

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Review: Mid-August Lunch

Mid August Lunch

“Lunch” feels more like an unsatisfactory appetizer than a satisfying main course.

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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

Shutter ISland

In this film, the director tributed classic crime with a modern, more visceral twist.

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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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