OUR SOULS AT NIGHT

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“The pleasure is in watching the straightforward, unfussy performances by two seasoned pros who know better than to push too hard. A beauty of a scene finds Fonda silently unbuckling her seatbelt and sliding over to lean on Redford’s shoulder as he drives, their wonderfully weathered faces saying more than these characters ever could put into words.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/11/2017

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GERALD’S GAME

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“Flanagan doesn’t leave any room for dread, gussying up the proceedings with constant visits from chatty ghosts and other apparitions along with frequent flashbacks. Gerald’s Game is too full of busywork to ever get around to dramatizing the horror of being trapped, helpless and alone, which I thought was supposed to be the whole point.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/11/2017

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FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER

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“A historical tragedy viewed from four feet off the ground by a character who doesn’t quite grasp what’s happening. We’re thrown into volatile situations that are only half-understood, freed from the overarching historical baggage we can’t help but bring to so many war movies, left instead to simply feel this one on a moment-to-moment basis.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/11/2017

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WDEL’S SATURDAY HOTSPOT: ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

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Had an absolute blast on WDEL’s Saturday HotSpot talking with host Frank Gregory about forty years of Saturday Night Fever. We discuss the film’s turbulent history, including the cast, the soundtrack, the fired director, madman screenwriter Norman Wexler and the phony magazine article that started it all. Listen to MP3s of the show after the jump. Continue reading

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CALL HIM LUCKY: JOHN CARROLL LYNCH ON DIRECTING HARRY DEAN STANTON’S SWAN SONG

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“Harry made it look so easy for sixty years. His work doesn’t seem like anything’s happening. He walks onscreen fully in life, three-dimensional with his own key light and his own shadow. He lived that way, and he played that way. That is an estimable thing. That is something to be inspired by and aspire to. I’m so happy we got this movie made.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/06/2017

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BLADE RUNNER 2049

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“A movie for people who miss the voice-over narration. It’s a talky, blocky launching pad for yet another cinematic universe, short on incident but long on sequel setups and what studio executives like to call world-building. What a frustrating act of diminishment this project is, transforming an enigmatic classic into a branded franchise property. It turns poetry into prose.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/05/2017

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