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October 5, 2013

Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Screens, Pundits Scramble

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Last year, when Life of Pi was shown to the NYFF, no one really knew what to make of it. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, a few of us bloggers were selected by the then publicist, Bumble Ward, to see the film. Some of us sobbed girly tears. I can remember saying to Pete Hammond in the garage on the way out, “going to be tough to beat that.” All…

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

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The Shawkshank Redemption might be the best film that never won Best Picture, or very nearly that. But nothing was going to beat Forrest Gump that year, not even Pulp Fiction. 1994 seems to be a memorable year for many film fans because of those two movies specifically. Both are continually celebrated the way the older generations celebrate Citizen Kane and Vertigo. Shawshank is somehow the most poetic thing when…

Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones in The Invisible Woman

Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones in The Invisible Woman

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(Thank you, Mikhail!)

Six Aspects of Highly Effective Movie Classics

Six Aspects of Highly Effective Movie Classics

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Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle outlines six factors in cinema that propel a great movie to classic status after the test of time. Doing what I do, I often try to project myself into the future and imagine what, of our current movies, will be of value to later generations… Looking at the films that do last, that achieve classic status, I’ve observed six tendencies: 1) Great movies…