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Noah Forrest

Frenzy On Column By Noah ForrestForrest@moviecitynews.com

Inglourious Masterpiece

To be quite honest, I walked into Quentin Tarantino’s latest film wanting desperately to hate it. Like a lot of cinephiles of my generation, I actually have Tarantino to thank for deepening my love of movies; his films were a catalyst for me to go and seek out everything I could find.  It was Clockwork Orange that…

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Summer Frenzies

At the end of last year I had my first annual “Frenzies,” which is my way of giving honor (or dishonor) to certain films throughout the year. It is my own personal version of the Oscars and to receive one of these coveted awards is, I’m told, the highest honor that an actor or filmmaker…

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The 10 Movies You Should be Excited About This Fall

As usual, this summer was one that emphasized explosions over character development at the box office.  However, there were a few movies that almost seemed out of place amidst the sea of dross, films like The Hurt Locker, Up, or In the Loop.  These films were so good that they made the dreck likeTerminator Salvation, Wolverine, andTransformers 2 seem…

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Judd Apatow is a Funny Person

Judd Apatow is funny.  I mean that in both sense of the word.  There is, of course, no doubt that Apatow is one of the funniest comedy writers out there and he is one of my personal favorites.  I think the films and TV shows that he has shepherded into production have been some of…

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Longing for a Real Romantic Comedy

I forced myself to do a double-feature of the two most recent and most successful “romantic comedies” in theaters, The Proposal and The Ugly Truth.  I used the term “romantic comedy” loosely because there isn’t a whole lot that is either romantic or funny about either film.  Both films lack anything resembling a realistic romance that an…

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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