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Best Movies of 2016: An Eclectic Roster

I managed to squeeze in over 100 films in 2016. A good mix of foreign and domestic releases (those looking for blockbusters, comic book flicks and eye candy should search elsewhere). Here’s my list of favourites: “High Rise” (Director: Ben … Continue reading

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I have seen the future…

…and it looks like this: <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/147365861″>UNCANNY VALLEY</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user12563589″>3DAR</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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“High-Rise” (Directed by Ben Wheatley)

High-Rise (2016) Director: Ben Wheatley Writers: Amy Jump & Ben Wheatley Cast:  Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss A magnificent adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cooly savage, satirical novel, Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” is gruesomely faithful to Ballard’s … Continue reading

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More from Andrew Sarris

“Visual style is never an end in itself, and it cannot be ultimately defended except as it relates to a director’s taste and sensibility. Any visual style can be mechanically reproduced, but without the linkage to a directorial personality, the … Continue reading

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Andrew Sarris quote

“In cinema, as in all art, only those who risk the ridiculous have a real shot at the sublime.” (Andrew Sarris,  The American Cinema)

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Words of wisdom from Werner

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A pearl of wisdom from Pauline Kael

“It’s the emotionlessness of so many violent movies that I’m becoming anxious about, not the rare violent movies (“Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Godfather”, “Mean Streets”) that make us care about the characters and what happens to them. A violent movie … Continue reading

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“A Million Little Pieces” (prose)

A Million Little Pieces* There’s no such thing as a “true” story. We—every one of us–fictionalize our lives. Everything is recorded through our senses and, as a result, our perceptions are highly subjective. My recollection of an event will differ … Continue reading

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“Strange Love” (poem)

Strange Love (for Stanley Kubrick) Stanley Kubrick’s eyes belie dispassion: remoteness was his only defence. Look how frankly he regards you, the way you shrivel from that gaze.   © Cliff Burns (All Rights Reserved)

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Best Films of 2015

I watched over 100 films in 2015. No other movie came close to “Hard To Be A God” in terms of its sheer, visceral impact, the power and intensity of director Aleksei German’s vision (many years coming to fruition). Here’s … Continue reading

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