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VFX Unionism

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On January 15, 2023
Hollywood is mostly a union town but when new sides of the industry develop, they have to be organized too and they often aren’t. You saw that with the video effects workers. Now that is changing because conditions for these workers are not good. The problems were myriad from the start. After Mark Patch (a […]

Julia Reichert, RIP

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On December 4, 2022

Julia Reichert, a significant figure in documentary filmmaking and progressive politics and the arts here in the Dayton area, has passed. I was pleased to see she was deemed to warrant a significant N

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This is the grave of Sam Spiegel. Born in 1901 in Jaroslaw, Poland (though it was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), Spiegel grew up in a wealthy Jewish household. His father was a tobacco wholesaler and did well, allowing Spiegel to attend the University of Vienna, while his brother Shalom became a well known […]

Caan

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On July 7, 2022

Should have had a better career overall and made a lot of very questionable choices (the list of roles he turned down is astounding), but of course he was great in The Godfather. RIP.

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Philip Baker Hall, RIP

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On June 13, 2022
One of the truly great character actors of the last half-century is gone. When I think of Hall, I think of his great work in Hard Eight, Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film. That face. What a face. And then there’s the role that first got him major attention–as Nixon in the one-man performance in Secret […]

Liotta

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On May 26, 2022

Given the centrality of Goodfellas to the culture of this site, I am sure that we will have more to say about the passing of Ray Liotta. I was always surprised that after his brilliant start, not only

William Hurt, RIP

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On March 13, 2022

A legend is gone. [SL] Friend of the blog Glenn Kenny has a great tribute. I plan on screening Broadcast News and Body Heat at my earliest convenience… [EL} Kenny’s ability to put somethin

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This is the grave of Nita Naldi. Born in 1894 in a New York tenement to Irish immigrant parents, Nonna Dooley grew up very poor. Four of her five siblings died as children and her father abandoned the family in 1910. Dooley went to Catholic schools of course, none of that secular education for the […]
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