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Review: Anita (A Phoenix From The Ashes)

7:46 PM 3/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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A portrait of a reluctant rights advocate and elegant exemplar, the documentary Anita checks in with Anita Hill two decades after her historic Supreme Court testimony indicting prospective Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Even in 1991, sexual harassment in the workplace was described—perhaps in the interest of courtroom neutrality—as one of a hundred un-pleasantries adults just have to suck up (no pun intended).

Director Mark Hartley Says Patrick Is "A Love Story With a Body Count"

6:36 PM 3/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Aussie Director Mark Hartley saw the 1978 hospital horror Patrick when he was a kid. “When I was a teenager I realized the director [Richard Franklin] had gone to my high school and I asked him back and forged a relationship.” Years later, Hartley developed directing projects with a unique interest in the history of Australian cinema.

Review: No God No Master (The Melting Pot Boils Over)

1:07 PM 2/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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No God No Master does for New York in the teens what Midnight in Paris did for France in the 20s, but with more dignity and less “whimsy.” While the film is essentially a TV movie about the conflicts surrounding the “Palmer Raids” of late 1919/early 1920, writer/director Terry Green has tapped this period to build an urban western and an allegory for our modern war on terror.

Mike Judge’s HBO Show Silicon Valley (Will Be Prescribed by Career Coaches)

3:10 PM 2/26/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Mike Judge, the man behind Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and the greatest comedy known to mankind (Idiocracy) has a moderately hyped new series premiering on HBO April 6th called Silicon Valley. See the trailer here.

Harold Ramis, Remembered (in Theaters, Regularly)

5:05 PM 2/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Last night, screenwriter/director/actor Harold Ramis, passed away at the age of 69 in Chicago, surrounded by his family.

Fun In Your WORK Clothes

2:52 PM 2/21/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Moons ago, after a festival screening his documentary Professor, director Daniel Kraus and I huddled under an escalator for an interview. This feature was the third in his “Work Series” and I was terribly impressed. His professor teaches religion in an Iowa university and is ‘likely the only Jew these students have ever met.’ Regularly skirting controversy the guy moves at a constant buzz, and Kraus follows him in these long, slow, painterly takes—it’s like Kraus can be patient because the Professor can’t.

Do Oscar Campaigns Make Us Reverse Opinions? Cue: Dallas Buyers

4:10 PM 2/20/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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I wasn’t super in love with Dallas Buyer’s Club, but the featurettes the studio is releasing for the film's Oscar campaign are incredibly compelling. I realize it’s not fashionable to say a movie about a crusader with AIDS left me cold, but it did so crying over these clips makes me question my instincts.

A Rollercoaster for Autodidacts: The Koyaanisqatsi Director on His Newest, Visitors

2:50 PM 1/31/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Godfrey Reggio was a Christian Brother (“a male nun”) for 14 years in New Mexico before directing arguably the most popular experimental feature ever: Koyaanisqatsi. Yet, Reggio doesn’t like the term “experimental” because it’s too scientific. His films, in particular his newest, Visitors, is “experiential. This is an extra-mental activity and knowing we’re all in rush hour traffic outrunning our futures I suggest to audiences it’s not their seat belt but their soul belt they have to put on to be open to this.”

Grand Budapest Hotel Gets a New Viral Site

1:59 PM 1/29/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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In what context can the phrase “social, political and cultural upheaval” seem adorable? Only on the new viral site created for the upcoming Wes Anderson dramedy The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Monuments Men and One Woman

4:08 PM 1/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The publicity people at Sony have created a viral tumblr out of the journal of one the film’s characters. Claire Simone (played by Cate Blanchett) is based on a real life curator who took to espionage to recover works of art confiscated by the Nazis. This tumblr features excerpts from her “journal” and images from the film and could be a great lure to people interested in the real WWII drama on which the film’s based.

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