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In a Hole in the Ground Lived a Director

Really, Peter Jackson?  169 minutes?  Really? Let this be said:  Peter Jackson is a master filmmaker, the consummate modern director, fully in control of his medium, maximizing his use of makeup, costumes, locations, sets, cinematography, sound, visual effects, and getting the best quality minutes from his actors.  His 21st century group of films, being four Tolkiens, King Kong and Lovely Bones thus far, epitomize his total utilization of cinema and make him wholly…

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Robert Zemeckis Takes to the Air Again with Flight

After immersing himself in the world of motion-capture-based animation with the ImageMovers Digital company on his last three features, Robert Zemeckis can count a full 12 years since his last film with live actors, Castaway.  That is, until the new release of Flight, a vehicle for star Denzel Washington that is wholly unlike any film in Zemeckis’ career, and for that matter, a unique film in and of itself in many respects. “There was a lot of discussion in…

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Towelhead: A Glimpse into the Mind of Alan Ball

Alan Ball is one of the best filmmakers in Hollywood. After seeing American Beauty, which was a film that strayed from the big blockbuster norm and surprised everyone by winning five Oscars, one awarded to Ball for best screenplay, he became someone I admired most, not only for his humble award winning speech about no longer having his family bother him to “get a real job” but for his ability to make true art and transform it onto the…

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