Film Studies Job Interview: Select One Film From Each Decade

Film Studies Job Interview: Select One Film From Each Decade

Let’s play make-believe. You’re applying for a position as a high school film studies teacher. What movie from each decade are you going to select to show?

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Trailer: Clouds of Sils Maria

Currently competing for the Palm D’or at this years Cannes, Olivier Assayas’s aging actress drama The Clouds of Sils Maria features the varied all-female cast of Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace-Moretz. Over his career, Assayas has experimented in a variety of genres and tones, and I have yet to see a bad film by him. I don’t...

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Trailer: The Drop

It’s tough to watch the trailer for The Drop and not feel pangs of sadness knowing that it’ll be the last time we see James Gandolfini in a new film. Beyond the sadness, their is definitely excitement though, because the movie looks great. Written by Dennis Lehane as an original screenplay (rather than an adaptation of his novels like Gone Baby...

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Blind Spots: The Goonies

When I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I was currently watching The Goonies for the first time, the incredulity was palpable. I’m not particularly well-versed in the ’80s films that my generation considers essential, but for some reason, this one has been coming up more and more often lately, so I bit the bullet even though I didn’t expect...

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DVD Review: “Querelle”

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder Writers: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Burkhard Driest Producers: Michael McLernon, Dieter Schidor, Sam Waynberg Starring: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Poschi MPAA Rating: R Running time: 108 min.     Those who are new to the prolific works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, may fare better than...

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Can the allegations against Woody Allen continue to be dismissed?

[W]hen I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. … For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how...

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Trailer: A Long Way Down

Author Nick Hornby is no stranger to Hollywood. High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Fever Pitch have all been adapted to the big screen over the years – the first of which is a classic, as far as I’m concerned. Hornby has even had an original screenplay produced, which turned out to be 2009′s critical darling An Education. His latest novel to be...

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Canadian film is dying. Is there hope for the future?

The rumblings have been growing for a decade but over the last few years they have become deafening screams: the movie industry is in flux. Some say it’s in trouble but when studios are raking in billions of dollars annually, it’s hard to say that the business is in any sort of “trouble” but what’s true in the US isn’t necessarily true in Canada. Canada’s film...

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SAG Awards for 2013

Screen Actors Guild handed out some awards to a few of its own over the weekend. Pretty standard stuff actually. Watch for the Oscars to go pretty much the same way in the acting department. Winners are in bold red. Also, Television nominees and winners are under the seats if you’d like a look at the boob tube crew. Cast in a Motion Picture 12 Years a...

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The Devil Inside, Hell all Around

One of the worst things that can happen in your life is losing the power to control it and to make it in your own way. You may think that you live your life as you plan it, but what if someone else has plans about you? What if that someone is a huge and malefic force? Devil’s Due is the name of the new horror movie, that shows us how a family loses control over...

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