Monthly Archives: December 2012

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The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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“Happiness must be earned.” I wish I could write that I couldn’t find the proper words to describe how I felt when I first saw the trailer for the new DCP restoration of the 1924 Raoul Walsh silent classic The … Continue reading

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DP/30: John Krasinski On ‘Promised Land’

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Gus Van Sant’s newest film Promised Land opens today in theaters.  Matt Damon and John Krasinski both wrote, produce, and star in this story about two corporate salespeople (Damon, Frances McDormand) who visit a rural town in an attempt to … Continue reading

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DP/30: Gus Van Sant On ‘Promised Land’

Gus Van Sant’s newest film Promised Land opens today in theaters.  Matt Damon and John Krasinski both wrote, produce, and star in this story about two corporate salespeople (Damon, Frances McDormand) who visit a rural town in an attempt to … Continue reading

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DP/30: Emayatzy Corinealdi On ‘Middle of Nowhere’

Ava DuVernay’s most recent film was the criminally underseen Middle of Nowhere.  The film features Emayatzy Corinealdi in an incredible breakthrough performance as Ruby, a nurse who had to abandon med school while waiting four years for her husband to … Continue reading

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DP/30: Samuel L. Jackson On ‘Django Unchained’

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film Django Unchained is now in theaters.  Among the supporting cast is Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a house slave named Stephen who is owned by Leonardo DiCaprio’s brutal Calvin Candie.  Jackson recently sat down with DP/30 … Continue reading

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Quentin Tarantino: An Appreciation Part Two

(continued from Quentin Tarantino: An Appreciation Part One) Largely inspired by the 1973 Japanese film Lady Snowblood, Tarantino’s follow-up to Jackie Brown was originally intended as one epic film, but the running time clocked in at over four hours and … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from Aardman Animation

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Aardman, the animation studio responsible for the Wallace and Gromit shorts, Creature Comforts, and the feature films Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits, has created a … Continue reading

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Quentin Tarantino: An Appreciation Part One

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2012 marks two occasions for Quentin Tarantino.  First, tomorrow marks the release of Tarantino’s 8th feature, Django Unchained.  Second, 2012 marks 20 years of Tarantino-directed films.  His debut feature introduced what would become hallmarks of a Tarantino film: pop culture … Continue reading

Those Oscar Missed: Best Live Action Short

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Best Live Action Short is one of the few Oscar categories that home viewers would probably not be very familiar with.  As with the other two short film categories, I was originally not going to include them in my journey through major Oscar snubs (mostly because trying to determine which shorts actually qualified as MAJOR snubs would take weeks, months, perhaps even a year of research).  Without time to present major snubs for the short film categories,  I’ve decided to present contenders for the short film categories that were NOT nominated for an Oscar, but could’ve (perhaps should’ve) been.  I’m doing this to be fair to the short films and so that I will have covered every current Oscar category.  Some of the shorts might be familiar to you; some might not be.  Please take a look at these possible contenders.

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The Central Park Five (2012)

I really didn’t know anything about the Central Park five or the infamous case until I first became aware of this documentary by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah, and David McMahon earlier this year.  From that point, I knew that … Continue reading