Monthly Archives: November 2013

Born On This Day – November 30

“Working as a screenwriter, I always thought that ‘Film is a collaborative business’ only constituted half of the actual phrase. From a screenwriter’s point-of-view, the correct rendering should be ‘Film is a collaborative business: bend over’.” –David Mamet “I’m a … Continue reading

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Movie Beat – 11.29.13

The End of Time – Is time finite? What will come after time ends? What came before time began? Why do all of these questions hurt my head? Director Peter Mettler (and co-writer Alexandra Gill) combine the documentary, the essay, … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – November 29

“In an era of breadlines, depression and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery… to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.” –Busby Berkeley “It’s … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – November 28

“The only reason you make a movie is not to make or set out to do a good or a bad movie, it’s just to see what you learn for the next one.” –Alfonso Cuarón

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Movie Beat – 11.27.13

Black Nativity – It’s time for holiday movies, and that means focus on the family and focus on the faith. In Black Nativity, the road to both of these runs right through the church, which allows for a good deal … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – November 27

“If you hold a mirror up to society, and you don’t like what you see, you can’t fault the mirror. It’s a mirror. […] The environment still needs reexamination so you don’t forget it when the lights come up.”  “Once … Continue reading

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Movie Beat – 11.22.13

Bettie Page Reveals All – She was the original pin-up girl. That magnificent cocktail of beauty, innocence, naughty and nice. What was so compelling about a picture of Betty Page was her joyous approach to sexuality. Anyone looking at her … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – November 22

  “I don’t know how a film is born. It’s an idea that comes; I then begin to work on it—while cooking, while getting dressed, while bathing, everywhere I went… I have always felt that a film belongs to the … Continue reading

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PHILOMENA

It was only a few days ago that Lindsay and I were discussing religion and identity. Namely, what happens to a person who defines themselves by their religion, then suffers a blow that runs counter to their belief? The example … Continue reading

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Born On This Day – November 20

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