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How to Write Your Pandemic Movie

Fresh from my gig as the editor of the North Bay Bohemian, here’s a bit from my Press Pass column for screenwriters and those who love them. Why wait for the inevitable pandemic movie deluge when you can script your very own COVID-19 horror film right now? Every filmmaker worth a roll of gaffer’s tape […]

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Cinema Purgatorio: When Should Movie Theaters Reopen? Maybe Never.

Netflix fatigue. It’s practically a pandemic itself. The remedy? A shot of real-life cinema — square in the eye — coming soon to a theater near you. Someday. Maybe. As part of Trump’s plan to reopen post-coronavirus America, cinemas will be among the first businesses to in the queue — at least according to this […]

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Happy 100, Pauline Kael

Today marks the centenary of film critic Pauline Kael’s birth. Beside recreating film criticism in her New Yorker column and giving shape to our conversations of cinema — particularly that of America in the 70s (if not launching the careers of more than a few directors), Kael was a product of my hometown. “She had discovered […]

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Cinema Culture

On Anthony Burgess and Inspiration: The Me in The Metropolis Movie

Artists can absorb influences so deeply, it can be renewing — if not startling — when we discover traces of them in our later, “mature” work. By traces, I don’t mean George Harrison-style cryptomnesia when you suddenly have to lawyer-up thanks to a couple of misappropriated “doo langs.” No, I mean the subtle nods or […]

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Cinema Culture

Art House Films for the Compleat Idiot

Before we discuss art house films, we must take a stroll: Long before the “Dummies” guides, there was How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual Of Step By Step Procedures For the Compleat Idiot. For a time in the early 80s, our family vehicle was a Volkswagen microbus and my father kept an edition of […]