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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 … Read on.

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Cinema

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 … Read on.

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Cinema

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 … Read on.

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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 … Read on.

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Cinema Culture

Art House Films for the Compleat Idiot

art house filmsBefore 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 … Read on.