Towne toasts Arndt’s success

Posted by · 1:57 pm · November 13th, 2010

I had the loveliest time last night at a reception in honor of “Toy Story 3” writer Michael Arndt hosted by the great Robert Towne.  The night began to wrap up and with nearly all guests having left, things segued to the hotel bar as USA Today’s Anthony Breznican, director Lee Unkrich, composer Michael Giacchino, […]

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What scares Martin Scorsese … and me

Posted by · 3:18 pm · October 30th, 2009

Tomorrow, of course, is Hallowe’en — an institution more treasured in the US than it is on my side of the ocean, where it’s principally another excuse to get drunk. (But hey, this year I’ll be getting drunk while wearing a silly hat. Progress!) One aspect of the holiday that travels well, at least, is […]

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Best scares in film

Posted by · 10:17 am · October 29th, 2009

It’s only hitting me today that we haven’t offered up any Halloween-y content yet.  Strange.  This is my favorite time of year, though season-less Southern California certainly does it no favors. Last year we got the contributors together to name the top 20 horror films of all time, an installment of The Lists I’m quite […]

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‘Paranormal’ experience and thoughts on horror

Posted by · 9:48 am · October 3rd, 2009

I finally got around to “Paranormal Activity” last night, which has been scaring audiences nationwide for about a week now.  The film sat on a shelf for two years, terrifying Steven Spielberg, awaiting a release of some sort, primed for a remake at one point, and finally made its way into the marketplace last week […]

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THE LISTS: In Contention’s top 20 horror films of all time

Posted by · 1:11 pm · October 28th, 2008

Yes, how trite.  Another list of the “best” horror films of all time.  But this really is the most subjective of genres, is it not?  What is scary to us all has slipped out of the realm of the universal and become much more of a personal thing. Certain films are inarguable, as our list […]

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Actor/movie star — who walks the line the best?

Posted by · 10:18 am · May 22nd, 2008

Continuing the conversation from a few days ago on actors that are more than icons, only one name comes to mind: JACK. For more than 40 years Jack Nicholson has been one of the most dominat acting forces in movies, with an impressive array of performances that both challenge him as an artist and also […]

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REVIEW: “The Departed” (****)

Posted by · 1:53 am · September 20th, 2006

One of the most artistically ruthless films to be produced in decades, “The Departed” is a spike of adrenaline straight to the heart of an audience desperately in need of such rambunctious filmmaking.  A loose but paradoxically loyal remake of the Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs,” the film is doused with a cast of familiar […]

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