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Charlton Heston? Really?

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On December 27, 2008
I have never pictured Jack Aubrey as looking even vaguely like Charlton Heston, but apparently Patrick O’Brian did. I suppose that I might be more open minded about that possibility if I hadn’t seen Master and Commander before reading the first Aubrey-Maturin novel; the film obviously has its failings, but in general they concern the […]

Such Ingratitude…

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On December 16, 2008

Dear Dave, I appreciate that Iraqi ingratitude must be grating to those who have seen friends fight and die in Iraq. I really do. The point, though, is that the Iraqis, by and large, would rather not

The Plot Thickens

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On November 14, 2008

Most anyone who has ever taken a class from me knows that I have a deep and abiding affection for Hunt for Red October, in spite of the fact that the film channels a river of Team B bullshit about Sov

The Mobster Genre will Never Produce a Serious Film..

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On July 29, 2008
A fair number of folks have been linking to this A.O. Scott piece on comic book genre films; it’s interesting enough, but I thought that the final paragraph undermines the point that Scott is trying to make. The core of Scott’s argument: Still, I have a hunch, and perhaps a hope, that “Iron Man,” “Hancock” […]

Random Film Links

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On July 28, 2008

Self-Styled Siren on Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (and the number of great movies still unavailable on Region 1 DVD). Michael Wood on David Lean. Glen Kenney on Bresson. David Edelstein gets, as one wou

Pollack

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On May 27, 2008

Rest in peace. Strangely enough, I kind of preferred his acting to his direction. UPDATE (BY SL): As I think I’ve said before, I agree with the above (TS joins the consensus.) I especially liked

Chuck Has Left the Stage…

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On April 6, 2008
Old Man Heston has passed away. Heston occupied an iconic space that was weirdly similar to that of John Wayne, but with an important difference. Although Wayne the actor eventually became lost in Wayne the icon, at the various points along his career you could tell that he was a fantastically talented performer; his Ethan […]

Oscars

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On February 25, 2008

Didn’t see the ceremony. Glad to see No Country win Best Picture; it wasn’t my very favorite picture of the year, but as I said last year it’s again the best movie to win Best Pictur

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