Tag Archive: Justice System

Mar
05

Sponsored Video: Nicolas Cage is Back in New Orleans for STOLEN

Oh, Nic Cage, can you not quit New Orleans? That city is gonna break your heart. Yeah, you’ve found yourself in real-world trouble there, of which we’re too gentlemanly to go into detail. On film, your characters’ fortunes have hardly fared better. The corrupt cop you played THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS …

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Jan
11

Dennis Haysbert on LUV

Blood's Thicker than Water, and Can Flow Just as Freely: Dennis Haysbert is a crime boss in LUV.

Dennis Haysbert has used his magnificent voice and imposing presence to portray everything from a prophetically charismatic President of the United States in 24 to a brilliant scientist in NOW AND AGAIN to a tortured lover in FAR FROM HEAVEN. Now, in the incisive drama LUV, he’s Mr. Fish, crime boss and mentor to the …

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Nov
09

Dick Cavett on DUCK SOUP

The Warmongers of 1933: The Four Marx Bros. celebrate armed conflict in DUCK SOUP.

The late sixties had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show. So when the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society at Fordham Law here in New York invited …

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Oct
26

David Strathairn on GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

David Strathairn is Edward R. Murrow in GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

Released at a time when America’s faith in journalism was undergoing serious turmoil, George Clooney’s drama GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK was a stirring reminder of the importance of the institution. Focusing on TV newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), and the risks they took in turning their spotlight …

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Oct
23

The Forum Film Festival in NYC Closes with DUCK SOUP and Short Film Awards

I had to do it. The Forum Film Festival, run by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School was screening GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney’s dramatic reenactment of the clash between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the commie-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, and had invited me to interview actor …

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Sep
19

Sponsored Video: CONTINUUM Debuts on Syfy UK

So we’ve got another sponsored post for y’all. This is UK specific, again: On September 27th, Syfy UK will be debuting CONTINUUM, a new series out of Canada about a time-traveling policewoman from the future (Rachel Nichols) who’s sent back to present-day Vancouver to track down a gang of terrorists bent on altering history. Kinda …

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Aug
23

Temple of Bad: AN AMERICAN CAROL

Wrong thinking is punishable. Extremely right thinking will be as quickly rewarded: Kelsey Grammer (right) tries to show Kevin P. Farley the error of his ways in AN AMERICAN CAROL.

Could there be a movie so inanely scripted, so ineptly produced, so all-around awful that it confounds even the staunch acolytes of the Temple of Bad? Uh, yes. Yes there is, and it’s the topic of our latest episode. AN AMERICAN CAROL was intended to serve as a counterbalance to the perceived liberal tilt of …

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Jul
22

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Heading for a Fall: Bane (Tom Hardy, left) faces off against the Batman (Christian Bale) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Homicidal maniac in a well-crafted movie: great entertainment. Homicidal maniac in an actual movie theater… Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons grapple with the horrific news out of Aurora, discussing whether and how it should relate to the film that was being screened, Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and also how …

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Apr
26

Tribeca 2012 Diary: ANY DAY NOW Director Travis Fine

Sometimes the 70’s weren’t about wide lapels and avocado-colored kitchen appliances. Sometimes they were about ignorance, fear, and bigotry. In Any Day Now, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) rescue a teen with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) from his abusive mother, but when they try to make their de facto family legal, the …

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Apr
20

Tribeca 2012 Diary: HEADSHOT Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang

The hitman’s in trouble. During a political assassination gone wrong, he gets shot in the head, and wakes from a coma seeing everything upside down. On top of that, seems that everyone wants to kill him, for various and sundry reasons. Days like this make an exciting career in HVAC maintenance sound mighty appealing. Thai …

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