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Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Comic book fans know that the “modern” Marvel Universe started with Fantastic Four #1. Published in November 1961, the first issue appearance of “Marvel’s First Family” shows the relationship tensions that would drive the series for more than half a century. Unfortunately, the story also shows its age more with each passing year. Americans no (…) Read More

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Review: The Gunman

Picking up from the theme of last week’s review for the Danish Western The Salvation, French director Pierre Morel’s new film The Gunman follows a theme seen in many classic Westerns. Dozens of Westerns used theme of the reformed gunslinger: a former killer who turns his efforts toward helping his community, only to be drawn back (…) Read More

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Today’s Media Landscape: Food for Thought

Life is what happens, so the saying goes, while you’re making other plans — or, as we could say today, while you’re texting, monitoring Facebook, sharing Instagram pics, checking email, searching Netflix, etc.  In a recent USA Today essay, author Michael Wolff assumes the meta-person position and puts some perspective on our all-consuming world of (…) Read More

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The Comedy Gospel According to Judd Apatow

Writer-director-producer Judd Apatow has been responsible for some of the most successful comedy motion picture projects of the last decade (Bridesmaids, Anchorman 2, This is 40, Get Him to the Greek).  If writing and producing comedy are among your aspirations, I highly recommend reading the in-depth interview with Apatow recently published in The Hollywood Reporter (…) Read More

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Film — the Medium — Stands Test of Time

There is so much hoopla that accompanies the announcement of Academy Award winners, I didn’t think I could open one more message from a PR firm with “Oscar” in the subject line.  But I’m glad I read the one that pointed out the following: In the 86-year history of the Academy Awards®, no best picture winner (…) Read More

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Finding Meaning at Sundance

Updated 12/10/2013  -  If you can blow past the seemingly unending promotional hype that swallows Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) and home in on the films themselves, you realize why the premier U.S. film festival retains its gold standard identity and still holds excitement for lovers of the art and craft (…) Read More

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