Archive for August 8th, 2016

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Capture from Rivette masterpiece “La Religieuse” (1966)

by Sam Juliano

Vacation time has finally arrived, but my family and I are still unsure about the upcoming plans.  (my summer school class concluded on Friday). Before you know it September and the beginning of the new school year will be upon us and with it all the autumnal launches that signal the start of all the new seasons connected to the arts, sports and politics.  The Olympics ate now in full swing, and it is always fun to spend some time following the various events and standings.  The science-fiction countdown continues to move forward with some fabulous essays and comment sections.

Though we enjoyed some family gatherings, Lucille and I did not manage any movie theater engagements.  My time was largely spent on marathon viewings of classic films in conjunction with ongoing and follow-up discussions with Allan Fish.  Again I took in an un Godly number of films the past week and have documented them below.  This was one of the most glorious weeks in film viewing by way of spectacular qulaity I have ever experienced in any capacity.  I saw twenty (20) films including one at four hours: (more…)

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by Allan Fish

Which way to Shell Beach?

p Andrew Mason d Alex Proyas w Alex Proyas, Lem Dobbs, David S.Goyer ph
Dariusz Wolski ed Dov Hoenig m Trevor Jones art Patrick Tatopoulos, George
Rufus Sewell (John Murdoch), Kiefer Sutherland (Dr Daniel Schreber), William
Hurt (Inspector Frank Bumstead), Jennifer Connelly (Emma Murdoch), Ian
Richardson (Mr Book), Richard O’Brien (Mr Hand), Melissa George (May), Colin
Friels (Det.Eddie Walenski), Bruce Spence (Mr Wall), John Bluthal (Uncle Karl),

Quite possibly the most left field entry in this selection, and certainly the most
left field of modern times, Alex Proyas’ cult sci -fi opus is one of those films you
just love or loathe. Indeed, the same could be true of many a cult sci -fi film of the
1990s, and there were many of them. Each of us has our favourite – Gattaca for
some, Cube for others, The Fifth Element for the adolescents among us and The
Matrix for a good many more. Yet, whereas the Wachowski brothers’ hit now
looks to have increasingly less to it than meets the eye, Dark City, now restored
and reedited for the 10th anniversary release, is a film I can put on any time, and
appreciate on numerous levels, while still being critical of some of its detail and
narrative construction. The most important aspect of understanding the film and
its ambitions ironically comes during the closing credits where the dedication
reads “in memory of Dennis Potter, with gratitude and admiration.” Those who
have been baffled by the great TV writer’s work, especially the valedictory Cold
Lazarus, will know where I’m coming from. (more…)

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68. Moon (2009)

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