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7/6/2004 -- We return from the July 4th weekend to praise two outstanding works: the powerful and scary horror, The Devil's Backbone, and the superhero hit, Spider-man 2.

6/29/2004 -- Read our interview with Brian Dannelly, the co-writer and director of the satirical, Saved!, starring Jena Malone, Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin.

6/26/2004 -- This weekend update features a look at the 90s film, Don Juan DeMarco, an underrated funny and romantic film featuring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.

6/24/2004 -- We offer a pair of DVD reviews focusing on two wonderful pieces of work: the tension-filled 70s classic, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and the gentle, humorous, The Station Agent. And in light of the release of Fahrenheit 9/11, we take a hard look at the “documentaries” of Michael Moore with, Easy Laughs, Easy Money.

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FILM ARTICLES & ESSAYS
Not Just Another Teen Movie
A Conversation with Filmmaker Brian Dannelly About his Satirical Film, Saved!
Review by: Laura Nathan
Brian Dannelly discusses his comedic take on sex, Christian high school and the need by some to restrict and control the behavior of others in the name of religion.
Posted on: 6/29/2004 9:32:47 AM

Easy Laughs, Easy Money
A Look at the “Films” of Michael Moore
Review by: Daryl J. Grove
Since Michael Moore offers his take on politics and the like, we felt it only fair to take a look at his films. Sadly, we find them filled with half-truths and easy punchlines more than real information.
Posted on: 6/24/2004 12:07:49 AM

Diary from the 48-Hour Film Project
One Woman's Experience in the 2-Day Competition
Review by: Cary Lee Hanes
A first-person story of how one woman survived her experience in the 48-Hour Film Project that took place in 2003 in Washington, D.C. This film project occurs in many other cities throughout the country.
Posted on: 6/1/2004 10:36:09 PM

Q&A; with Shola Lynch
The Mind Behind Chisholm '72
Review by: Laura Nathan
An interview with the documentary filmmaker about her experience charting the story of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress.
Posted on: 5/16/2004 11:23:56 PM

Past and Present
Comparing the Original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre classic and its 2003 Remake
Review by: Darisa Diaz
With the proliferation of remakes these days, we took a look at how one recent remake — Texas Chainsaw Massace — compared directly to its predecessor. And according to our writer, wonders if the original was actually a horror, or a comedy.
Posted on: 5/3/2004 8:54:40 PM

Ray Harryhausen: An Animation Legend
A Dying Art Form Gets Revived in New Book
Review by: Mark Doyle
A rare Q&A; featuring stop-motion animator and classic monster creator Ray Harryhausen explores his career in the movies.
Posted on: 4/9/2004 12:05:46 PM

Drive-In Monsters
Movies, Sex and the Driver's Seat
Review by: Tim Steffen
You may not have heard of the film director Al Adamson and Sam Sherman, who have been called “movie sleaze merchants” by some, maverick filmmakers by others, but whatever anyone says, they laughed all the way to the bank.
Posted on: 4/9/2004 10:48:55 AM

The Passion of Gibson
No Truth in Anti-Semitic Accusations
Review by: Michael Sheridan
This article was actually a letter I sent to a film critic regarding what I felt was an unfair and judgemental review of "The Passion of the Christ".
Posted on: 3/18/2004 10:47:31 AM

Writing with Woody
An interview with Russ Woody
Review by: Samantha Plotkin
Neil Simon once said the best comedy comes from pain and veteran television writer, Russ Woody, proves there might be something to Simon’s theory.
Posted on: 3/15/2004 12:44:10 PM

Why Sundance Sucks!
a.k.a., How the great festival sold out
Review by: Joe Catoe
Sundance used to be a cool film festival. They showed cutting edge films that were truly different from mainstream fare. The selections weren’t dominated by hype and big names, but were chosen instead based on the quality of the film. None of that is true anymore.
Posted on: 3/14/2004 11:00:07 PM

Making Movies and the PB&J;
Creating them are not that different
Review by: Stephanie Higgins
Although one may think making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is easy, when you break it down there are a lot of steps involved. The same can be said about filmmaking.
Posted on: 3/14/2004 10:50:10 PM

Writing for the Judges
How Screenplay Contests Can Work For You
Review by: Kevin Caruso
The true story of the trials and tribulations of writing a screenplay, getting it finished, and getting it into a contest.
Posted on: 3/14/2004 10:35:53 PM

Style and Substance:
Looking at a scene from 'Boogie Nights'
Review by: J. Brad Wilke
Breaking down a key scene from the film that takes a look at the lifestyles of the porn world, "Boogie Nights".
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:55:36

The Mise en Falcon:
Examining 'The Maltese Falcon'
Review by: Gerry Velasquez
A detailed look at the film classic, "The Maltese Falcon".
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:54:44

More Questions Than Answers
Critics? What are they good for?
Review by: Joe Catoe
A critic questions just how important his role is in the field of movies.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:54:11

The Power of Laughter
10 Ways to Write Comedy
Review by: Joshua Grover-David Patterson
A humorous guide to developing a humorous script.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:53:21

The Meaning of X
Tips on Writing and Selling Your Script
Review by: Joshua Grover-David Patterson
A twelve-step guide on writing and selling your first screenplay.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:52:34

Planning Ahead
BREAKDOWN
Review by: Sharon Wyly
Part two of a series of articles on the importance of properly planning a film production. This article focuses on breaking down the budget.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:51:51

A Skewed View
A Look at the Films of Kevin Smith
Review by: Michael Sheridan
A detailed look at the films of indie cult icon, Kevin Smith.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:50:56

Planning Ahead
The Importance of Pre-Production
Review by: Sharon Wyly
The first part of a series of articles focusing on the importance of properly planning a film production.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:50:09

Lights! Camera! Action!
Making 'Dungeon Dogs'
Review by: Michael Sheridan
A Queens, NY resident struggles to get his script onto celluloid and in the can.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:48:03

The Craft of Directing
The Rules of the Road
Review by: Michael Sheridan
Film director gives his view on the importance of guiding a film's vision.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:46:53

Putting the Pieces Together
Editing on the 'Blink'
Review by: Michael Sheridan
Film editor expresses his view on taking a film into the final stage.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:46:15

Pen to Paper
Writing the Film Script
Review by: Michael Sheridan
A filmmaker and writer shares his views on the craft of creating a screenplay.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:45:29

Local Talents
Aim For The Big Time
Review by: Michael Sheridan
New Yorkers struggle with time and money to develop their films, land the role and make their dreams come alive.
Posted on: 2003-09-10 14:43:32


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