November 2009 Archive

wish I’d heard about this…

23 November 2009, 8:47 am
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. . .in time to contribute at least a little something:
Do It Again: One Man’s Quest to Reunite the Kinks.
Sounds like a very interesting project — hope it gets finished, is accepted into some festivals, lands a distribution deal and plays somewhere I can catch it, and ultimately gets a DVD release I can get my hands […]

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another way films are different from novels; a fun puzzle

19 November 2009, 7:44 am
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With the screening of Welcome to Academia at the Brattle we got a survey from the film-makers full of stock intro-course questions, like “Which character did you find easiest to relate to? Why?”*
It was so hard to be constructive.
Kirk Davis and Elzbieta Szoka seem to have concocted their dark comedy** of sexual and power dynamics […]

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can haz liberry!

10 November 2009, 8:20 am
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I didn’t make it to the opening ceremonies of the newly-renovated Cambridge Main Library but I did join the slightly dazed after-work throng milling around the spacious and welcoming environment toward the end of the library’s first full day. (I left with 6 books, which seemed to make me a bit of a lightweight.) The […]

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two hard-to-write-about movies

7 November 2009, 1:22 pm
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Two more from the Fall 2009 Eye-Opener at The Brattle (. . . and my wonderful fiancée already ably covered American Casino, our most recent screening.)
I didn’t hate Summerhood, Jacob Medjuck’s distillation of summer camp experiences, and I didn’t think it was terrible, but so many aspects of it were seriously flawed that it’s difficult […]

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paranormal inactivity

1 November 2009, 8:40 am
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It’s really hard to talk about Paranormal Activity without spoilers, but I’ll do my best. It has a somewhat different trick from Blair Witch Project, but like the earlier film it is a one-trick pony; it has some of the same strengths, but suffers from all of the same flaws. It depends on surprise for […]

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