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Critics’ Conversation: The 2003 New York Film Festival

JEREMIAH KIPP: As a movie year, 2003 hasn’t inspired much enthusiasm. Neither did the 41st Annual New York Film Festival (October 3-19, 2003). Even the more solid entries felt like political choices, or politically correct ones. And while I didn’t…

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Respectfully, Yourself: Six Critics Rethink Their Worst Reviews

Like it or not, film critics are human. And as humans, we make mistakes. When it comes to the highly subjective task of reviewing a movie, a lot of things come into play beyond what you see on the screen…

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Boston on the Lowdown: The 2003 Boston Film Festival

Maybe it was the result of lessons learned. Perhaps the September 11 anniversary was a contributing factor. Maybe it was just a sound business decision. Regardless of the reasons, the creators of the 2003 Boston Film Festival (held September 5-14)…

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The Telluride Film Festival 2003: Satisfying Attitude @ High Altitude

High altitude and film festivals have a similar effect on people. Both can make you short of breath, lightheaded and euphoric. Of course, they can also give you a headache and make you nauseous. Fortunately, Telluride is a great film…

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These Guys Give Me The Creeps! A Conversation with the cast of “Jeepers Creepers 2”

It’s always fun interviewing actors who are doing promotional tours for a bad movie. Although I make it a point never to express my complaints to the actors who I interview – they just get defensive – sometimes it’s amusing…

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No Guts, No Gory: A Conversation with “Freddy Vs. Jason” star Robert Englund

Since 1984, Robert Englund has made a good living off his continued roles as deformed serial killer and dream demon, Freddy Krueger. In fact, Krueger and his infamous claw glove have become a permanent symbol of the American horror movie,…

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Portuguese Passion: An Interview with “Passionada” Director Dan Ireland

Intentional or not, there appears to be a current movement generating steam with independent films to focus on cultures not traditionally represented in film. Last year, My Big Fat Greek Wedding opened our eyes to the eccentricities of Greek family…

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The Daily “Grind”: Thrashing with Mike Vogel and Jennifer Morrison

Casey La Scala fills his laid back road-trip-by-way-of-the-skate-park teen comedy Grind with so many celebrity cameos, there’s hardly room for his cast. But one look at the lovely Jennifer Morrison, who plays love interest for head skate rat Mike Vogel,…

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Home on the Range: A Conversation with Kevin Costner

Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner is no stranger to Westerns. He’s loved them ever since he was old enough to wear cowboy boots. Growing up a devotee to cowboy classics such as The Searchers, Red River, How the West Was Won,…

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A First Fest Finds Its Footing: The 2003 Independent Film Festival of Boston

News bulletin: The 1st annual Independent Film Festival of Boston was not held in Boston. Instead, this celebration of gritty, low-budget cinema took place in the nearby cities of Somerville and Cambridge, appropriately avoiding the big brand-name multiplexes that lie…

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