For the Love of Film Blogathon: The White Shadow

[I'm reprinting this article I posted on The Frame yesterday in support of the For the Love of Film blogathon and fundraiser, which continues until tomorrow. This year, hosts Marilyn Ferdinand, Farran Smith Nehme and Roderick Heath have dedicated the week to Alfred Hitchcock, whose early (non-directorial) work The White Shadow will be the beneficiary of any...

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Finite Focus: Battling the Elements for 116 Years [Buster Keaton]

Well, not quite 116 years. Buster Keaton would’ve turned 116 today, and his films have been delighting audiences for 94 of those years. One of the three great silent comedians (along with Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd), Keaton’s name doesn’t always strike the immediate recognition among mainsteam audiences that Chaplin’s might, but...

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Guy Maddin Blogathon: Confessions of a Maddin Newbie

[Part of The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World! Contest Head over to that link for more Maddin-ness.] Nobody can really tell you what watching a Guy Maddin film is like. Or maybe nobody really tried to tell me. My first Maddin experience was Brand Upon the Brain!, and it was less than a year ago. Despite having heard about Maddin from Marina and Kurt for years,...

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Guy Maddin Blogathon: Rank ‘Em: Guy Maddin’s Films

[Part of The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World! Contest Head over to that link for more Maddin-ness.] I remember the day I discovered Guy Maddin. I was filling a gap in my film festival schedule and The Saddest Music in the World happened to fit. What I didn’t bargain for was Maddin’s style. Here was a director, Canadian no less!, making a movie unlike anything...

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Guy Maddin Blogathon: CAREFUL!

[Part of The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World! Contest Head over to that link for more Maddin-ness.] Outside of the pitch perfect, six minutes of pure cinematic bliss that is Heart of the World, 1992s Careful is very likely Guy Maddin’s best work – at the risk of splitting hairs, it is for me his best feature length film. A culmination of many of...

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3×5 Review: Tales from Gimli Hospital

Part of The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World! Contest...

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Jean Harlow: The Original Smart Blonde

If Hollywood luminaries’ lives lasted a length commensurate with the brightness of their stars, Jean Harlow would have been blowing out her own candles for her 100th birthday yesterday. As it is, the opposite is often true, and Harlow died much before her time at the age of 26, leaving behind a timeless legacy in her brief nine years as a Hollywood...

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Andrew’s Interview at “Only Good Movies”

Online blogger Shane Rivers spends a heck of a lot of time discussing and writing about movies on the site he founded, Only Good Movies. The site bustles with lists, news items and op/eds both in a blog format and also a forum. The site prides the site on finding nooks and crannies of the internet with which to interact. One such nook: RowThree. So I took part...

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For the Love of Film: Preservation Blogathon

  I‘ve toyed on and off (mostly off) with the idea of working with film preservation – actually physically restoring aging films frame by frame before time and the elements destroy them. Theoretically film is timeless – it captures a moment in time and preserves it forever, allowing us to see actors, public figures, and our families and...

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