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Riding the Trans-Siberian

As I’ve stated before – multiple times – I’m a huge fan ofBrad Anderson’s Session 9. The film is one of the only legitimately scary horror films that has come out in the past ten years. Nothing in Anderson’s previous films, both of them romantic comedies, could have prepared us for how adept he would…

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Summer Odds and Ends

To be quite honest, I had been so under whelmed by a large chunk of the summer movies so far that I stopped going to the theater and caught up on a few older films. But then, as always, my desire to devour anything and everything in the multiplex took over and I went on…

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I’m Afraid of the Big, Black Bat

I never really read comic books, but I grew up watching re-runs of the Batman show with Adam West. He was instantly my favorite superhero, way more interesting, complicated and human than that alien Superman who seemed indestructible. I bought a few issues of the comic, but comics couldn’t really hold my attention the same way that…

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Will Smith – The Last Action Hero

Much has been made of the critical response to Hancock(my colleague David Poland has done a good job of assessing that) and one of the most interesting comparisons made was to Last Action Hero. Personally, I don’t see the comparison at all, but I definitely felt while watching the film that Will Smith is, indeed, our last action hero….

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The Mid-Year Report

We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2008 and at this point, it’s difficult to know what kind of film year this will wind up being. As usual, most of the offerings have been lacking but I am hopeful for many of the films that are on the horizon. But there are some lessons worth…

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould