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Classics in HD -- Film School 101 at Symphony Space

Christopher Atamian | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Under the expert curatorial guidance of Ed Budz, the Thalia theater at Symphony Space is offering a remarkable cinematic series this summer. Appropriately if prosaically titled Classics in HD, it includes some of the most memorable films in 20th century film history.

Cows, Sacred or Otherwise: Another Overrated Movies Blog

Jon Eig | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

We all have one. Some of us have two or three. It may be a movie. It may be an actor. But there's no doubt there is some film-related icon that you just don't get. Everybody else loves it, or him, or her, but not you.

Joy to the World!

George Heymont | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

What if you want something more substantial than a glorified commercial to tickle your fancy? What if you're craving something more satisfying than a severely overpriced bucket of popcorn?

Desolation Row: Five Pictures of the Future in a Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney America

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Economic radical Paul Ryan has endorsed Mitt Romney, Romney's embraced the Ryan budget, and the House Republicans have voted to enact the Romney/Ryan vision of the future into law. Yet an eerie silence has settled over the vision itself.

Should Hipsters Wear Monocles?

Harmon Leon | Posted 06.14.2012 | Comedy
Harmon Leon

A monocle has everything a hipster craves. It complements a twirly mustache. Perfect! Using facial muscles to hold a monocle in place causes one to sneer. Excellent! A monocle creates the impression that the person knows everything there is to know. Fantastic!

On The Artist, The Lure of Nostalgia, and Ten Silent Movies Worth Talking Up

John Farr | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Just when you start believing there's no hope for anything daring and original coming out of Movieland, something gets released that surprises you. The Artist is one such movie -- and what's new about it is that it's old.

Our Cinematic History Is At Stake: Film Archives And Apocalypse In 0's And 1's

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

What would it take to wipe out a digital archive? What would it mean when all of our archives of film, books, everything stored in digital form is wiped out during intense solar storm electro-magnetic activity?

VIDEOS: Hero Swag: 14 Of Film's Most Stylish Characters

Posted 01.03.2012 | Arts

From the slick noir of Melvillie's Le Samourai to Drive's homage to new wave, style can be just as important to films as narrative itself—sometimes ...

Weekend Agenda: 'Metropolis' Jams Out, CycLAvia & More!

| Katie Bain | Posted 12.07.2011 | Los Angeles

This weekend we’ve got indie music on the Eastside, craft beer on the Westside and the eighties era update of a 1927 film classic in between. Whethe...

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

PHOTOS: Architecture Of The Future?

Adel Zakout | Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts
Adel Zakout

The 1926 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis by Fritz Lang opens with a stunning sequence of machinery in motion, followed by an anonymous workers' crowd de...

Am I Dreaming, or Is Christopher Nolan's Inception Overrated?

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

One interesting aspect of waiting to see certain Hollywood blockbusters on DVD is that you hear a lot in advance from the people who plunk down the bi...

Wrap Party: Freund's The Mummy and Baba Ghanoush

Stefan Beck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Stefan Beck

I won't say baba ghanoush is more beguiling and haunting than The Mummy, but it's a close-run race.

Classic "Under the Radar" Gangster Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

2010-08-16-underworld.jpg Crime has not just been good to the criminals; it's been awfully good to Hollywood as well.

G.W. Pabst: A Film Director for All Seasons

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

G.W. Pabst stands alongside Fritz Lang and F.W. Murnau as one of the three great directors working in Germany during the silent film era. Pabst, however, has not always gotten the attention paid to his more celebrated colleagues.

15 Reasons to Attend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

For the last 15 years, a small group of Bay Area film enthusiasts have screened, promoted, and advocated for a defunct art form for which they are especially passionate.

Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast V1:N11: Langarama! -- The Woman in the Moon and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In anticipation of the release of the almost-fully-restored silent science-fiction classic, Metropolis, the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science ...

Remembering H.A.V. Bulleid, Author and Pioneering Film Historian

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Famous Library Films offers contemporary readers an uncommon perspective: one can read about silent film through the eyes of someone who came of age during the silent era.

Film Noir, at Its Noirest

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

There are plenty of films out there that make us hopeful about life and living. Film noir is a guilty pleasure where we witness the denizens of society's bottom rungs stamping on each other's feet for a higher, safer position.

Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast V1:N14: Metropolis

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In Volume 1, Episode 14 of the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski visit the...

Kitsch With Quality: The Best '50s Sci-Fi Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Science fiction movies are like that food you don't eat much but sometimes find yourself in the mood for. Dated as some of these titles are, they're still great fun for those partial to the genre, or game to get acquainted with it.

Where Is Lee Marvin When We Really Need Him?

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I look at the new action movies coming out, and I have to wonder: Where's our new Lee Marvin? The manly man, the bad guy turned good guy, the guy who's so ugly he's almost beautiful, the guy who takes no prisoners?

Movie Review: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This film is so overheated -- even outlandish -- at times that you can't help but laugh at its histrionics.