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Throwback Thursday Review: The Band Wagon (1953)

By the time The Band Wagon was released in 1953, Fred Astaire had been dancing on screen for twenty years. What better way to celebrate that achievement by exploring a story that sees an aging veteran of the stage looking to reinvent himself. The Band Wagon follows Tony Hunter and his friends Cyd and Lester, as they try to put on a fun musical in the face of changing times. In a way, The Band Wagon is a microcosm for what was happening in Hollywood. The luster was purposefully being left to wear and grittier work was finding a more prominent place among audience.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Jean-Claude Van Damme

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image via images99.com

You may think that Jean-Claude Van Damme was just some ballet dancer with good looks who managed to talk his way into becoming one of the most popular action movie stars of all time. You may also think that because his martial arts background is of contentious origin that perhaps he’s isn’t as tough as you may think. The truth may shock some and shed light on just what kind of star Jean-Claude Van Damme really is.  Continue reading

The Medium is the Message

Last week, Anthony and I went to the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City for a special film screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret. The 1972 film starring Liza Minelli and Michael York screened to a pretty large audience of museum members who were then treated to a Q&A with stage and screen actor Joel Grey, who played the Master of Ceremonies in the film.  Continue reading

What to Watch: ‘Horns’ Looks to Show a New Radcliffe

We’ve known Daniel Radcliffe to be the wand-waving hero Harry Potter from the famed J.K. Rowling series. It is very hard to discuss his work without being reminded of the role that saw him grow up in front of the world. However, his latest film Horns looks to break the English star away from everything we know him to be.  Continue reading

Alright Alright Alright

Dazed and Confused Film Still (1993)

Dazed and Confused Film Still (1993)

Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused is perhaps one of the most referenced films about high school even though it was set nearly forty years ago in the summer of ’76. While set in the seventies, it was filmed in the 90′s and just celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday Review: The Exorcist (1973)

No horror film has a bigger or badder reputation to mainstream audiences than the 1973 William Friedkin film The Exorcist. Other films may have more gore and even a more solid plot but it is rare to see a horror film have such an iconic and long lasting legacy as this one. Even by today’s lofty special effects standards, The Exorcist holds up well, providing the same jumps and visceral responses as anything released in 2014. Continue reading

Did You Know: The Halloween Movies

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image via toobjects.com

The Halloween movies can be credited for kickstarting the slasher film genre in the United States but there are a lot of interesting tidbits of which many fans are unaware. The franchise has had ten installments and each one has provided its own unique stories. Here are a few of the more memorable facts that you may not know about the series.  Continue reading

Objectivity and Editing

screenshot from All We Left Behind

film still from our upcoming project All We Left Behind

Recently, I was watching Project Runway (one of my favorite television shows) with some friends and one of my friends mentioned that a designer was great but “she couldn’t edit” her own work. And the program itself, which is now running at an hour and 30 minutes, arguably could use some more editing to fit into a more manageable 60 minute chunk (of course, there are probably a number of ratings-related reasons why it instead runs 90 minutes).

As we work on editing our latest film, this got me thinking about the tough choices that creative folks in any industry must face. Continue reading

What’s Out There: Ouija is Really a Movie and It’s Here!

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image via screenrant.com

Of all the movies being released in theaters this coming Friday one of them stands out as having the chance to make horrible movie history. That movie is the cinematic embodiment of one of the most disappointing board games to ever make its way into households across America. I’m talking about the Ouija board. You may be asking yourself what could have possessed producers to pursue such a mind-numbingly idiotic idea? Well, here are some things you may not know about October’s sleeper horror fiasco.  Continue reading

The New York Times Magazine in Photographs

Gregory Crewdson, Julianne Moore, from “Dream House,” 2002.

Gregory Crewdson, Julianne Moore, from “Dream House,” 2002.

While the New York Times is well known as the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, its Sunday supplement, the New York Times Magazine, is widely known for its photography. This photography is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Aperture Gallery in New York City. Continue reading