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Back to the Beans: The 2002 Boston Film Festival

It’s tough to get excited about a film festival when it exists in the shadow of a more powerful, upper echelon celebration — namely, the overwhelming Toronto Film Festival — but when screenings and ceremonies are interrupted by the most…

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Hold Me Closer, Fancy Dancer: A Conversation with Sherman Alexie

The Business of Fancydancing, like Sherman Alexie’s writing, challenges audiences to negotiate multiple identities, to deal with an intersection of struggles. The film marks Alexie’s debut as director, a role that he came to after wading through the frustrating process…

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Still Dancing as Fast as He Can: “Singin’ in the Rain” Star Donald O’Connor

Fifty years after its release, you would think Donald O’Connor would get tired of talking about Singin’ in the Rain, the legendary 1952 musical that cast him alongside Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. We chatted with O’Connor on the eve…

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Labor Day in the Mountains: The 2002 Telluride Film Festival

The particular dynamic that makes the Telluride Film Festival — held each Labor Day weekend — so special is the combination of filmmakers and film lovers gathered together in a dramatic alpine setting to observe an eclectic mix of the…

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What’s in a Name?

Underneath the Oscar predictions and big names of the Fall movie season lies a huge problem. For some reason, studio executives and screenwriters have lost the ability to properly title their movies. A title really helps project a movie’s attitude,…

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Elvis Lives! (at least he does on DVD)

Today, Hollywood aggressively seeks actors through the music industry, not necessary because musicians are talented actors (or talented musicians, for that matter), but because their names sell tickets. Today’s generation probably doesn’t realize that music pop stars laced the silver…

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: An Ode To Doris Wishman

Pornography usually sends shivers down the spine. Whether it’s shivers of disgust or pleasure isn’t the issue, so much as the fact that this particular genre stands out among the other droll-sounding categories of drama, comedy, etc. It is presumed…

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That Little Director: Chatting with Horror-Helmer Paul Bunnell

Check out That Little Monster’s new DVD release and director Paul Bunnell reveals himself as a kind of drive-in-obsessed version of Buddy Holly reincarnate, the kind of cult-and-horror fan in thick-rimmed specs that you’re never quite sure about. We sent…

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Keeping the Faith: filmcritic.com’s 2002 Mid-Year Roundup

Halfway to Hell! That’s what we said last year around this time, gloomily sifting through the meager offerings of quality cinema in 2001 and mostly drawing up blanks. It’s comforting to acknowledge that this year, by and large there’s been…

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Mulroney and Amazing: A Conversation with Dermot Mulroney

From big-budget hits to low-budget indies, actor Dermot Mulroney always keeps an open mind when selecting a project. Here, he shares feelings about his profession and his most recent feature, Lovely & Amazing. filmcritic.com: First of all, I’d like to…

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