It’s a holiday weekend, the perfect time for getting caught up on some of those films on your “to watch” list or cluttering up your queue. How did you end up in this situation to start? How did this list of films get so long, and why is there a need, or in some cases…

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As I mentioned during The Film Board’s review of You’re Next, I have just recently watched Shane Carruth’s  Upstream Color.  After watching it I felt like my brain had been hacked by Malickian brain worms. It’s a film where music, sound, and images combine to touch the deeper parts of the mind. It was a…

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Note: I am ONLY referring to the first three  films, since those were the films that we fell in love with and created the foundation of our Star Wars geekdom.   1. A long time ago . . . Star Wars was theatrically released 36 years ago. Sometimes it’s difficult to put numbers in perspective.…

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After the Film Board’s brutal takedown of The Wolverine on Sunday, I noticed that our discussion focused primarily on the flaws in the last two thirds of the film. Early in the discussion we all agree that this film started off strong, but we did not delve into a discussion of what those strengths were.…

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During the June Film Board review of World War Z I found myself speculating about these new type of zombies presented in the film. Afterward I wondered if this speculation was the result of a valid analysis of the themes in the film, or an attempt to layer additional meaning on a summer film. Were…

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In 1971, Warner Bros. released a dark, edgy movie about a small-town detective who gets involved with a prostitute over the course of his investigation in the big city.  This film, Klute, was Alan J. Pakula’s second feature working as director.  It also featured strong performances by Jane Fonda (who won a Best Actress Oscar)…

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Nothing in the near future will stop the Young Adult Lit acquisition train.  This summer sees the first in a possible trilogy, with the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s book The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opening on August 23rd. And just in case it’s a hit, her prequel series, The Infernal Devices, has also been optioned. Is…

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Young Adult Literature publishers and Hollywood are always on the lookout for the next big thing. That one property that spreads like wildfire and consumes everything – think Harry Potter, Twilight, or The Hunger Games. Unfortunately for every success there are always a plethora of wanna-be projects relegated to used bookstores and the $5 dvd…

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This past weekend, my wife and I went up to the Sedona International Film Festival, one of the great film fests we have here in Arizona.  We ended up seeing four great films that all deserve larger audiences — two documentaries and two narrative films.  Check out the trailers below. Shenandoah – this is a…

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I know, it’s the question on everyone’s lips — if you were to break a film down by how much it cost to make compared with how much it grossed, what would that boil down to as profit/finished minute?  Okay, we admit it’s probably not the question for which most people are anxiously awaiting an…

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