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  • James and The Giant Ego

    James and The Giant Ego

    I’ve been saying for a long time that filmmakers love sports and war metaphors to describe the process of making a movie because they are applicable in so many different ways. Both involve a group of individuals brought together for a single purpose. They might be there for different reasons, but the goal is the same – to win, often at any cost. On the highest level, both involve campaigns – an MLB season has 162 games; America was in […]

  • James and The Giant Boat

    James and The Giant Boat

        I saw James Cameron’s “TITANIC”on a Saturday night soon after it opened in December of 1997. I was a 16-year-old middle-class white male with no girlfriend, but there were multiple reasons that I wanted to see it anyway, despite the more male-oriented aversion to what was thought of as “a chick flick we know the ending of.” 1). I was a proper movie geek by that time and pretty well-versed in Cameron’s previous blockbuster outings like “Aliens” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” 2). […]

  • COPPOLA’S DRACULA: A Theatrical Illusion by Justin Neal

    COPPOLA’S DRACULA: A Theatrical Illusion by Justin Neal

    By the end of the 1980’s, American Zoetrope, the San Francisco-based production company started by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, was in dire financial straights. The huge box-office disappointment of his musical One from the Heart in 1982 began a string of poorly performing features (Peggy Sue Got Married being the lone exception) that left the independent “studio” in a position to either start making financial successes, or close shop. To save his company, Coppola went “back to the […]

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  • Birdman: A Review by Justin Neal

    Birdman: A Review by Justin Neal

    My two favorite cinematographers are nominated for an Academy Award this year – Roger Deakins for “Unbroken,” and Emmanuel Lubezki (more commonly known as “Chivo,” which means goat) for “Birdman”, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. I’ve been a Roger Deakins fan since “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994, but in recent years I’ve been even more impressed by Chivo and what he is accomplishing using the craft of cameras, lighting, and lenses. His work with director Alfonso Cuaron is especially impressive […]