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Lock and Load: Daniel Minahan Broadcasts “Series 7”

Series 7 may be the antidote for anyone disturbed by the onslaught of reality TV shows, spearheaded by Survivor and The Real World. As an assault on cultural indifference, this new feature co-produced by the fearless Christine Vachon and her…

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Austin, East of Hollywood – The 2001 SXSW Film Festival

Something of a quiet affair, this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas tossed a slew of indie productions at an eager audience, hoping to see if something would stick. Among the 50 or so films showing,…

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Caesar Brings You: The 2001 Oscars

Roll out the red carpet and hide the silver. It’s that time of year, friends. That’s right, Oscar season! It seems like every year we go through that time-honored ritual: ‘I’m not watching this crap again! It’s all commercial! It…

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Are You Not Entertained? – A Ridley Scott Retrospective

Ridley Scott must be thanking his agent right now, boasting the third highest grossing opening weekend of all time with Hannibal (2001), the fiercely anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. He also achieved a whopping 12 Oscar nominations…

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Average Movies, Dumb Voters, and Steven Soderbergh: An Oscar 2001 Preview

Most moviegoers — reviewers and fans alike — agree that the films of 2000 generally stunk. Perhaps it was easy to dismiss the year in comparison to an outstanding, creative 1999. Maybe it was the lack of a clear-cut American…

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Videos for Valentine’s

For some of us, Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of love, kindness and blissful intimacy. To a lot of other people, the day is about as welcome as a kick in the shin. Some of us are stuck in…

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Dreading Hannibal: Thoughts on Breaking the “Silence”

‘I’m 80, I’ve been in the movie business over 30 years, and I know this: The only thing that matters is a good director and a good story. With those two things, I could play Starling. Within two minutes the…

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Of Human Bondage: The 2001 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival was created in 1988 to advance public education on human rights issues and concerns using the medium of film. Each year, the festival exhibits the finest human rights films and videos in theaters…

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Morality, Complicated: A Sean Penn Retrospective

Sean Penn one of Hollywood’s bad boys. At least that’s what they say. He has punched out photographers and doesn’t bother to defend his difficulties with authority or reporters. He is an acclaimed actor who takes eclectic roles, from death…

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2001 Down Under: A New Zealand Film Odyssey

The geography of New Zealand is eclectic, with tropical rainforests only a few hundred miles from vast golden beaches or metropolitan cities. It makes perfect sense that Peter Jackson is filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy in his home…

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