Movies For A Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014
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Movies For A Polar Vortex

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. But Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming is so delightful. Trapped inside as the cold winter winds whistle by your window? Why not watch some movies where well-coiffed Hollywood stars are nearly as cold as you are… and in a lot worse circumstances. After all, doesn’t it warm your...
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The Detroit Film Critic’s Society Has Spoken… Almost

December 11, 2012
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The Detroit Film Critic’s Society Has Spoken… Almost

So, as The Metro Times’ intrepid film critics Corey and I are part of the illustrious DFCS (Detroit Film Critic’s Society), which, like film critic societies across the country is far too male and far too white for my tastes. Nevertheless, as one of those said white males, I am loathe to give up...
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The 2012 Toronto Film Festival: Day Five

September 19, 2012
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The 2012 Toronto Film Festival: Day Five

Attending a film festival as a critic, journalist, or member of the industry can be a bit like swimming in a fishbowl. Over the course of the fest you start seeing familiar faces at various screenings and events and, inevitably, engage in conversation. (Wayward coughing can also bring on suspicions that it’s all a...
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Day Seven and Eight of the Toronto Film Festival

September 16, 2011
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Day 7 – Wednesday Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope,” turns out to be better than I expected. Far from a snarky smackdown on the geeks and freaks who descend on this San Diego festival every year, Spurlock offers an affectionate look at those who attend. From a young geek who...
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Day Five & Six of the Toronto Film Festival

September 13, 2011
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Day Five & Six of the Toronto Film Festival

Despite my plan to post summaries of every film every day I am now beginning to realize that sleep and the need to eat precludes my ability to deliver a daily report. So, I’ve decided to instead mention the highlights of my last four days at the festival. Day 5 – Monday Kicked things...
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Day Four of the Toronto Film Festival

September 12, 2011
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Five films today and things start out strong. The first screening of the day is a 9AM showing of Sarah Polley’s sophomore effort “Take This Waltz.” Polley, better known as an actress (Dawn Of The Dead, Go, The Sweet Hereafter), made an impressive debut with the tender and affecting “Away From Her,” which starred...
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Day Three of the Toronto Film Festival

September 11, 2011
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Day Three of the Toronto Film Festival

Saturday kicked off with the much anticipated new George Clooney movie (his second at the fest), The Descendants. Perhaps it’s a bit unfair to call it George Clooney’s movie since it heralds the return of director Alexander Payne (Sideways) after a seven year absence from the big screen. Needless to say the lines were...
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Day Two of the Toronto Film Festival

September 10, 2011
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I can’t begin to describe the complexities of planning which film screening to attend, how to get there in enough time, what to do when something is delayed (a 15 min technical issue can mean an entire shift in your day), or how you secure tickets to the public screenings. It’s dizzying, and sitting...
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Day One of the Toronto Film Festival

September 10, 2011
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Day One of the Toronto Film Festival

I don’t know if it’s Canadians, Hollywood types, or all the Foreign filmmakers, buyers and fans but they sure do like to smoke up here. Outside every movie theater, hotel, nearby restaurant or cafe is a huddle of well-dressed smokers. And black is the color of choice. It’s a sea of fume-spewing PIB (people...
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