Monthly Archives: June 2011

An Appreciation of Peter Falk

Peter Falk, beloved actor and integral participant in the birth of American Independent film has died today. He was 83. To the general public, Peter Falk was the face of Columbo, the delightful detective whose seeming annoyance concealed a razor … Continue reading

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How Do We Create a Canon of Television

Television, finally coming into its own as a medium, offers numerous challenges to the critic. It’s a derivative medium in that its main component-the merger of moving images with sound-is one already developed in the film medium which predates the … Continue reading

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Crossroads (Bruce Conner, 1976)

“What I’m getting at is: a native village is bombed, and the bombs happen to be beautiful when they land; in fact it would be odd if all that sudden destruction didn’t liberate some beauty. The form a bomb takes … Continue reading

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The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, 1985)

Woody Allen is a great talent who has used his talent to hide his unwillingness to plumb the depths of his ideas. Unfortunately, he is witty enough to do this, and as a result the promising concepts of his features … Continue reading

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Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, 1980)

Three men, all identical, but positioned differently, changing their relationship to the viewer. The room is exceptionally bare and the lighting is dim but clear-not excessively so. This is how Kurosawa begins this late entry in his career. It’s a … Continue reading

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An Introduction to This Blog

I used to write film reviews for a site called Procrast-Nation. Some of the early ones are laughably bad and pigheaded, but as time went on and the drudgery of writing these things on a semi-daily basis forced me, out … Continue reading

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