Monthly Archives: December 2010

Movie Review: “Black Swan” (2010) A+

I left the movie theater four hours ago. In my mind there is but one thing: Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky’s new film was intense and riveting. I was transfixed by what is definitely one of the year’s finest movies, featuring … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “True Grit” B

It takes one star and one star only to carry a movie and entice an audience. In the 2010 remake of True Grit, that star is Hailee Steinfeld. Now, mind you, at 14 years old, she’s a faint star… but a … Continue reading

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WEBSITE WEEKLY UPDATE: 26/16/10

Three major updates this week: New: Writing Compelling Dialogue Expanded: Understanding Film Form Expanded: Blocking – Why is it important? Understanding Film Form is one of those scholarly articles that might not interest some filmmakers or film student, although I … Continue reading

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“Bah, humbug”

And the All Time Best Christmas Story Award goes to… A Christmas Carol, and all the 30+ versions out there. Yes, that’s right. Charles Dickens’s novella has perhaps been adapted more than any other Christmas-themed narrative in history. There have … Continue reading

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The Fairy Godmother Technique

I’m still trying to digest the ending of The Tourist (2010), which I watched  just this past weekend. The problem isn’t that it was unexpected or implausible. In fact, one could make an argument that is was both. However, it … Continue reading

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“True Grit” on TCM

Have you heard of the new Coen brothers’ movie True Grit? It is airing on TCM right now… the old version that is, with John Wayne and a young actress that reminds me of Justin Bieber. When I saw the preview … Continue reading

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Review: “The Tourist” C+

I was quite pleased until the contrived ending in The Tourist ruined the film for me. What a disappointment it was. Yes, The Tourist has some cliched elements: gangsters, spies, the Interpol, and a case of mistaken identity (or is … Continue reading

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Preface to Movie Reviews

When I first conceptualized this blog, one thing I knew I wanted to have for sure was a Movie Review section. But this frightened me. I used to think: How am I supposed to compete with, say, a critic as … Continue reading

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“And Everything is Going Fine”

Oh boy. I don’t remember where I saw this first, but it’s been at least a couple weeks since. And I’m still entranced by it. The movie I’m talking about is “And Everything is Going Fine,” directed by Steven Soderbergh. … Continue reading

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Finally Live

For a few months I’ve been contemplating a blog to go along with my website… now it’s here. Although the website is a create learning tool, this blog will help me connect with everyone in a more immediate and relaxed … Continue reading

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