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Gary Dretzka

Dretzka By Gary DretzkaDretzka@moviecitynews.com

Smile ’til it Hurts

The odd thing about conspiracy theories is that no matter how hard government officials, business executives and editorial writers work to discredit them, a surprisingly large number of them eventually turn out to be true. The CIA actually did ask the Mafia to help assassinate Fidel Castro; the FBI really had infiltrated the Black Panther…

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Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Finds Some Soul Power

Nostalgia dictates that everything that came before not only is grander than what is currently in vogue, but, in all likelihood, what is yet to come. Nowhere is this belief more firmly entrenched than among sports fans and music lovers. No matter how much money HBO and Showtime pour into the promotion of title fights…

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Looking Beyond the Veil: Arab Women in Film

In hindsight, it would be fair for a novice historian to assume that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — when considered alongside Germany and Italy’s military actions in Europe and North Africa – would have provided sufficient motivation for Americans to support our entrance into a global war against the Axis powers. If so,…

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”