Category Archives: film

Roger Ebert: A “Life Itself” Well Lived

This is a challenging piece for me to write: how does one do justice to an amazing book AND a tremendous documentary, which individually and collectively convey the life of a remarkable man? All I can do is try, including … Continue reading

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Browse This Film!

Following up, for once Some time back, I mentioned Peter Greenaway’s film The Falls—how it is one of my favorite films, how it consists of 92 biographies of some interconnected people, blah blah blah.  From all the uproar, I gather that … Continue reading

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More Criterion Films, and That’s a FACT…

As I’ve discussed here before, the phrase “Criterion Collection” is synonymous with the best of the best in classic and contemporary feature films. But the Criterion stamp of approval has found its way to non-fiction documentaries as well. Here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Forged Documents, Fake Documentaries: Guy Maddin’s “My Winnipeg”

Faking and Forging “Forge” is a really versatile word. If you use it on metal, you can make swords and helmets and things that turn people into heroes. If you use it on documents, you can make people rich who … Continue reading

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Revisiting Jamaica Inn

How Good Is “Not That Bad?” For a long time, I avoided Jamaica Inn. No, not the actual motel, but the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film of that name. I had read comments by film critics to the effect that it … Continue reading

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