Category Archives: Best Of, Festival Reports and Other Features

Hollywood Releases Preview – October, 2011

by HELEN GEIB

Another Visual Edition of the Hollywood Releases Preview, but this time grouped by category. Jump to the end for the full releases list (title links lead to the films’ IMDb pages). I see three or four movies I might like coming up in October. What looks good to you?

To start off, this month’s sequels, prequels, remakes, adaptations, and otherwise serial entries (fidelity to the source material: optional):

The Big Year

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Festival Report – Cinesation 2011, Part 3

by HELEN GEIB

Cinesation 2011 Day 3 – Sunday, September 25

Lord Jim (1925)

Lord Jim is a good movie taken on its own terms and a creditable adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel. Continue reading

Festival Report – Cinesation 2011, Part 2

by HELEN GEIB

Cinesation 2011 Day 2 – Saturday, September 24

White Oak (1921)

White Oak is a late William Hart Western with an 1850s St. Louis and Independence “gateway to the West” setting. If you’ve seen one Hart film, then you have a good idea of the story and characters of this one (which is NOT the same thing as “seen one, seen them all”- his films work a common theme without sliding into interchangeability). The balance here tilts in favor of action and away from morality play. Hart and his production team were in good form. The 1850s Missouri setting allows for a riverboat, wagon train, Hart in the outfit of a casino dealer and other costumes from a less-familiar Western era, and muzzle-loading rifles. Plus the heroine’s dog saves the day. Some continuity errors are the byproduct of lost footage that was cut for the film’s re-release; the abridged print is the only material known to survive for two of the reels. Continue reading

Festival Report – Cinesation 2011, Part 1

by HELEN GEIB

Cinesation 2011 Day 1 – Friday, September 23

The Gun Woman (1918)

Friday started with two incomplete films. The Gun Woman was incomplete only due to personal circumstances: it was the first feature of the day and Indianapolis is a five hour drive from the Lincoln Theater in Massillon, Ohio. What I saw of it was of interest as an early work by director Frank Borzage and for its saloon owner heroine, played by Texas Guinan. She’s a curious mixture of wronged woman and “good badwoman,” a sort of female William S. Hart. The story plays out much like a Hart film would play out- which is not the ending one expects a heroine in a film of that era to meet. Continue reading

Hollywood Releases Preview – September, 2011

by HELEN GEIB

The vastly improved multiplex forecast can almost reconcile me to the coming of Fall. Five weekends, five movies I actually look forward to seeing. What looks good to you?

Jump to the end for the full releases list (title links lead to the IMDb pages).

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Two Lists, Ten Favorites: Films of Alfred Hitchcock

by HELEN GEIB and NIR SHALEV

An occasional feature where Helen and Nir compare their five favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

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Hollywood Releases Preview – August, 2011

by HELEN GEIB

Welcome to another edition of the Hollywood Releases Preview, Visual Style. Jump over the pictures for the full dates and titles list.

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Independence Day Movie Game

by HELEN GEIB

The name of the game is name that movie. And then the hard (?) part: Why did I think of it for the Fourth of July?

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Hollywood Releases Preview – July, 2011

by HELEN GEIB

Writing this feature is getting me down. Because I have nothing to say about Monte Carlo or Winnie the Pooh or Crazy, Stupid, Love. and because I don’t want to say anything about Transformers 3 or Friends with Benefits or The Smurfs and because saying anything about the final Harry Potter movie would be entirely superfluous, I’m just going to say a few words about the three multiplex movies I plan on seeing in July. Continue reading

Two Lists, Ten Favorites: Films of Akira Kurosawa

by HELEN GEIB and NIR SHALEV

An occasional feature where Helen and Nir compare their five favorite films by some of the greats of world cinema. Today’s inaugural “Two Lists, Ten Favorites” is dedicated to the films of Akira Kurosawa.

Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998)

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