Brief Notes on The Shooting Wall Film Festival, 2013 Philadelphia, PA
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Brief Notes on The Shooting Wall Film Festival, 2013 Philadelphia, PA

The 2013 Shooting Wall Film Festival, the second in a row at the truly great facilities at PhilaMOCA, was by all means, an event not to be missed for the local Philadelphia Film Scene. What truly startled me, someone used to local film screenings filled with ancient grad students and pensive Art School Instructors, so … Continue reading

Ten Animated Films Criterion Should Consider.
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Ten Animated Films Criterion Should Consider.

The Criterion Collection is simply the best company in the United States, and possibly the world when it comes to re-issuing and releasing international film treasures. Whether it be Ingrid Bergman’s The Seventh Seal or Alex Cox’s Repo Man, one can be safely assured each DVD release will be given the treatment of a new … Continue reading

Burt Lancaster, The Only Man I Ever Loved By Robert Curry
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Burt Lancaster, The Only Man I Ever Loved By Robert Curry

  Burt Lancaster’s favorite curse word was “cocksucker”.  According to Lancaster biographer Gary Fishgall it was not unusual for Lancaster to telephone his producer or director in the middle of the night to dispute a contract or character point.  Often that conversation began with “you cocksucker”.  That was Burt Lancaster, a self-made superstar, aggressive, ambitious, … Continue reading

A Séance for Jack Smith
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A Séance for Jack Smith

“Burn everything”, he said over and over. “I’ve lived my life in obscurity, now I’m dying in obscurity.”  “But Jack”, I pleaded, “The world needs your work.”  ‘”The world never helped me!” He screamed.  “But Jack! What about all the people who never hurt you? What about the future?” I countered.  “The future? The future? … Continue reading

Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes
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Davis, Hellman, and The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes and Lillian Hellmann  The Little Foxes is one of the forgotten plays, puzzling since its roots in capitalistic greed, wealth and family conflict make it a timely piece for a 21st century world loaded with questions as to who owns the wealth and who doesn’t.  Hellman became an overnight sensation when her play … Continue reading

Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry
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Morrissey in Overview by Robert Curry

I have loved the cinema of Paul Morrissey longer than I have most filmmakers.  He has always been a fascinating figure to me.  When I happened to have a very long and personal conversation with him this passed September, I decided to pen my own informal history of his work.  The quotes in this piece … Continue reading