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Best Seat In The House

Pete Wright has often stated that for some movies he paid for the whole seat but only used the edge. While some may say that a fool and his money are soon parted, would you pay extra to be able to pick your seat? Whenever I enter a theater I have a specific section that…

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But can he direct?

In episode 115, Pete and Andy briefly talk about Wally Pfisters’ directorial debut during their weekly trailer picks. In their discussion Andy stated that often when a director of photography steps into the role of the director that the results can be “not a very good movie”. He cites Barry Sonnefeld as an example of…

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The Sound of Movie

You’re scanning through radio stations, listening to Pandora or one of your playlists and a song comes on that instantly transports you back to a scene in a movie. You’re digging through your CD collection and you come across the soundtrack for a film you haven’t seen in years and realize you listen to the…

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An image is worth thousands of frames

One of the joys of Flickchart is seeing the array of movie posters for a film. Every film fan has a favorite movie poster. It may not be their favorite film, but it’s an image that for them captures the essence of the film or perfectly summarizes their memory of experiencing that story. When I…

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The Godfather is the I-ching

The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” What day of the week is it? “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday.”

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The Fountain . . . explained?

Back in July I briefly touched on the film The Fountain as part of my discussion of films that aren’t successful, but nonetheless develop devoted fans. I stated that “Some of these films find their audience due to an alternate understanding or interpretation of the film, either as an allegory or symbolic representation that the…

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Presenting our 2014 Lineup!

In the past, we had opted to keep our series and movies hush-hush until the last minute so as to keep things a surprise. It only took us 2+ years to realize that if we made our list public, people could actually watch the movie before the show and be ready to listen to the show as soon as it…

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Can’t Find My Way Home

Often a young filmmaker can leverage their own personal connection to a story, or its theme, to launch their career. They tap into something personal, have a unique perspective, or have an important story to tell that hasn’t been heard before. However, once they have established their career an attempt to dig back into their…

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Elements of the Rom-Com: The Meet Cute

In September 2013 The Hollywood Reporter pronounced the romantic comedy genre as dead. The heyday of romantic comedies in the late 20th and early 21st century has drawn to a close. To get an understanding of why this genre is perceived as dead we need to look back to its roots – the screwball comedies…

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A picture is worth a thousand words

I recently revisited the film I consider one of the best depictions of life as a typical high school student in the late 20th century – The Breakfast Club. In this film Richard Vernon gives the students the task of “writing an essay of no less than a thousand words describing to me who you…

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