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“Wendigo” Blues: An Interview With Larry Fessenden

How ironic that I had a nightmare about Larry Fessenden the night before attending the recent screening of his new scareflick, Wendigo, at Tribeca’s Screening Room here in New York. It wasn’t the movie that had me so spooked in…

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The Show Must Go On: The 2001 San Francisco International Film Festival

This year, while America is preoccupied with the economy, independent filmmakers continue to surprise us with challenging films in best tradition of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Presented by the San Francisco Film Society, the 44th San Francisco International…

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Mind Over Matter: Zack Winestine Discusses “States of Control”

States of Control is the explosive character study of a woman fed up with the artifice of modern life. Her philosophical journey leads her to a cathartic act of violence, so don’t expect to see your average indie film about…

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Carla Gugino: In Profile

A great smile, a warm personality, and quiet modesty are sure signs of an up and coming Hollywood star. Carla Gugino may not be one of the most recognizable names working in Hollywood films and television dramas these days but…

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Taking Out the Garbage: The Steven Seagal Phenomenon

How did it happen? We all thought Steven Seagal’s fifteen minutes were long gone — that this bloated sad sack had degenerated from ‘almost famous’ Schwarzenegger wannabe to video hack. Shows how much we know! Exit Wounds hit numero uno…

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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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