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Category Archives: TV & Movies

Revisiting the Screwball Charms of What’s Up Doc?

Roger Ebert once said that Great Movies should feel fresh every time you watch them, but I’ve come to wonder if this phrase applies to the beloved comedies from my early years. When I last sat down to watch “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” once considered the very definition of funny, I couldn’t even make…

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‘I Am Shiva, the God of Death’: On the Deserved Anger of Michael Clayton

“I’m not the enemy.” “Then who are you?” A hypnotic thriller about a law firm’s “fixer” realizing that the agricultural company he’s defending is involved in a murderous conspiracy, Tony Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton” used George Clooney’s wounded eyes, Tom Wilkinson’s frenzied soliloquies, and Merritt Wever’s soft-spoken melancholy to wonder how much commercial corruption we could…

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Ennio Morricone: 1928-2020

“I’m convinced my music is not just for films; it has its own life. It can live far away from the images of the movie.” Any Monday morning would be brightened by the accompaniment of the iconic music of Ennio Morricone, but today it is played in remembrance. The great composer has died in Rome…

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Carlos Aguilar Joins Chorus of Immigrants Praising DACA

Ebert Fellow, Carlos Aguilar, recently penned a wonderful article for Variety in which he discussed how President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and his immigrant experience shaped his perspective as a film critic. When the Trump Administration rescinded DACA, thus removing temporary protections offered to roughly a million undocumented youth, Aguilar decided to publicly…

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Money Machine

Director Ramsey Denison clearly cares a great deal about his home city of Las Vegas. His film “Money Machine” seeks to expose inept leadership that at least exacerbated the pain following the worst mass shooting in the history of the country, arguably rushed to cover up what happened with a Sin City sheen, and maybe…

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