AFI FEST: ‘Eraserhead’ ready for its close-up

Posted by · 11:29 am · November 8th, 2010

This year’s AFI Fest (“presented by AUDI,” as the literature keeps reminding us to call it) has felt something like a non-event so far this year.  I can’t put my finger on why, other than the usual sense of been there, done that as it pertains to films seeing their North American premieres. I’ve skipped […]

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Lynch picks Bergman, Kubrick, Tati, Hitchcock and Wilder for AFI Fest sidebar

Posted by · 10:35 am · October 25th, 2010

In case you didn’t know, director David Lynch was tapped as this year’s Guest Artistic Director at AFI Fest.  Part of his duties: to choose a special sidebar program at the festival.  Here’s the news, from the press release: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today the five feature films selected by its first-ever […]

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David Lynch tapped as guest director for AFI Fest

Posted by · 12:19 pm · August 24th, 2010

The press release, in part: AFI FEST presented by Audi announced today that award-winning filmmaker and artist David Lynch will serve as its first-ever Guest Artistic Director. AFI FEST 2010 will take place November 4 through 11 in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and […]

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Hey, want David Lynch on your wall?

Posted by · 8:13 am · July 13th, 2010

I mean, what self-respecting teenaged girl doesn’t? Well, good news. A new documentary is being made about the maverick/ingenious/enigmatic/barking auteur, and its makers are funding it entirely with online fan donations. Before you reach for your small change purse, however, it should be said that they’re after contributions of $50 per person. What do you […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Terribly Happy’ director Henrik Ruben Genz

Posted by · 4:10 pm · December 11th, 2009

Two striking films in this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race probe the theme of moral drift, both individual and communal, bred in a rural European community – the very opposite of what Hillary Clinton meant by “It takes a village.” One of them, Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” you’ve probably heard of. The […]

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9/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:14 am · July 9th, 2009

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6/23 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · June 24th, 2009

• 10 things action movies teach us. [CNN] • And if you’re still in the mood for some learnin’, 10 insights on today’s film business. [indieWIRE] • Breezing through Alfred Hitchcock’s 36 film cameos. [Empire] • Coolest remake idea of the decade? [Associated Press] • Looking back through the works of Sam Mendes. [/Film] • […]

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Oscar nominations that made me cheer

Posted by · 3:37 pm · November 16th, 2008

Over the years I have been watching and studying the Oscars in earnest, since about 1974 (age 13).  It has always been a nice surprise when an unexpected actor, director or film made the cut to the final five.  It’s a special kind of high. I remember reacting with surprise and genuine happiness when Giancarlo […]

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