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“While Stone has gotten a lot of grief for his interviews with Putin, this is actually the kind of argument that he has been making for decades, through movies that show hidden puppet-masters pushing the country into conflict to perpetuate their power and serve their self-interest. ‘The Putin Interviews’ is just the crude culmination of a long and singular career.”

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“While Stone has gotten a lot of grief for his interviews with Putin, this is actually the kind of argument that he has been making for decades, through movies that show hidden puppet-masters pushing the country into conflict to perpetuate their power and serve their self-interest. ‘The Putin Interviews’ is just the crude culmination of a long and singular career.”

Dr. John E. Sarno, 93, Subject Of All the Rage (Saved by Sarno), Passes One Day Before Its Release And His 94th Birthday

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Dr. John E. Sarno, 93, Subject Of All the Rage (Saved by Sarno), Passes One Day Before Its Release And His 94th Birthday

“What I didn’t expect was to be overcome with emotion when Eugene Brave Rock’s character ‘Chief’ met Wonder Woman. Why? His first words to her were in Blackfoot. Even better, he introduced himself as Napi, the Blackfoot demigod who is known as a trickster and a storyteller.”

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“What I didn’t expect was to be overcome with emotion when Eugene Brave Rock’s character ‘Chief’ met Wonder Woman. Why? His first words to her were in Blackfoot. Even better, he introduced himself as Napi, the Blackfoot demigod who is known as a trickster and a storyteller.”

Tom Brueggeman Offers His Interpretation Of How Rotten Tomatoes Works And An Accompanying “Degradation Of The Critical Process”

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Tom Brueggeman Offers His Interpretation Of How Rotten Tomatoes Works And An Accompanying “Degradation Of The Critical Process”

“Harry Potter And The Millennial Mind”: Did J.K. Rowling Shaped The Political Thinking Of A Generation

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“For many, it is also a substitute religion in a secular era. The books are about the fight between good and evil, and the power of magic. They teach you that bigotry must be fought at all costs, that tolerance and difference must be celebrated.”
“Harry Potter And The Millennial Mind”: Did J.K. Rowling Shaped The Political Thinking Of A Generation

Coppolas On Coppolas

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“Things will start when someone’s cooking up a script. Describing and expressing it on occasions when we can listen and comment. It’s nice to let it brew, especially when you have a shorthand, particularly with Sofia, observing and listening and giving feedback.”
Coppolas On Coppolas

Filmmaker Mark Slutsky On A 20-Year Fixation On Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Irma Vep is the most movie of movies. It’s a film obsessed with film history and identity — French cinema in particular, but American and Hong Kong movies too. In an era where Chinese box office receipts are as important to Hollywood as American ones, Assayas’ anxieties feel utterly prescient.”
Filmmaker Mark Slutsky On A 20-Year Fixation On Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep

Hal Hartley On Keeping Control Of His Decades Of Work

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Hal Hartley On Keeping Control Of His Decades Of Work

WikiLeaks Goes Cease-And-Desist Route Against Laura Poitras’ Risk

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

WikiLeaks Goes Cease-And-Desist Route Against Laura Poitras’ Risk

“Whatever the outcome, it’s essential that directors like Ana Lily Amirpour get to indulge their weirdest cinematic fantasies—even if they’re not for everyone. Indulging strange impulses every so often can prove highly beneficial.”

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“Whatever the outcome, it’s essential that directors like Ana Lily Amirpour get to indulge their weirdest cinematic fantasies—even if they’re not for everyone. Indulging strange impulses every so often can prove highly beneficial.”

Bonjour, Isabelle!

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“I like to be either horizontal or vertical. I am far too lazy to exercise. I hear yoga is good and I may try it one day but I prefer to sleep. I don’t feel old and asking women about ageing is very negative. It doesn’t concern me; it’s other people’s problem, not mine.”
Bonjour, Isabelle!

Toy Story Consultant Shares Story Of What May Have Happened To Andy’s Dad

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Toy Story Consultant Shares Story Of What May Have Happened To Andy’s Dad

Veteran NYC Broadcast Journo Gabe Pressman Was 93

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Veteran NYC Broadcast Journo Gabe Pressman Was 93

Andrew Sarris’ “25 Most Memorable Cult Films,” From The VOICE, 1978

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Andrew Sarris‘ “25 Most Memorable Cult Films,” From The VOICE, 1978

What’s Behind Amazon Vision For Whole Foods? It’s Still The Barcodes

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

What’s Behind Amazon Vision For Whole Foods? It’s Still The Barcodes

West Hollywood Landmark Formosa Cafe Will Return

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

West Hollywood Landmark Formosa Cafe Will Return

“The Transformers series is actually kind of brilliant. It’s the franchises reliance on a popular bastion of fiction known as secret histories, a concept that it’s used to justify the perpetuation of this franchise from a storytelling standpoint. For the unfamiliar, a secret history is a version of historical events that differ from what is commonly accepted as what happened. Simply put, what if Stanley Kubrick really did fake the moon landing in 1969 or Lyndon Johnson was behind the JFK assassination?”

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

“The Transformers series is actually kind of brilliant. It’s the franchises reliance on a popular bastion of fiction known as secret histories, a concept that it’s used to justify the perpetuation of this franchise from a storytelling standpoint. For the unfamiliar, a secret history is a version of historical events that differ from what is commonly accepted as what happened. Simply put, what if Stanley Kubrick really did fake the moon landing in 1969 or Lyndon Johnson was behind the JFK assassination?”

San Antonio Gets Into The Production Incentive Game

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

San Antonio Gets Into The Production Incentive Game

Does A Single Slipped Word Mean That Banksy Is Part Of Massive Attack?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

“A good story but sadly not true. Wishful thinking, I think.”
Does A Single Slipped Word Mean That Banksy Is Part Of Massive Attack?

Chicago Theater Critic Hedy Weiss Remains Subject Of Criticism

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

“As a critic myself, the idea of theaters being able to make ideologically-based decisions about who they invite to review their shows gives me some pause. After all, we are hired to give our opinions. Criticism is inherently subjective, and we all bring our own biases and baggage to the theater every night. But this isn’t an issue of censorship or silencing or free speech, but rather of access. While comping press is a longstanding norm for the most part, it’s not a law. And Weiss seems to want access to be a one-way street. She’s remained mum amid the current conversation.”
Chicago Theater Critic Hedy Weiss Under Critique