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    That Old Time Religion: Daniel Stamm's "The Last Exorcism"

    In 1799, Étienne-Gaspard Robertson premiered the phantasmagoria, a moving magic lantern projection hidden behind a screen, to a crowded audience gathered at a Parisian convent. Though he tried to present himself as a scientist exposing the tricks of the trade (of both magicians and the Church) to foster superstitious belief, the wildly spectacular nature of his performance, with its ghoulishly materializing and receding figures, only confirmed his status as supernatural conjurer. Robertson’s entertainment was like all horror stories that begin in skepticism: thrill and fright trump our sense of knowing better. Time and again we see teenagers challenging each other to spend a night in a haunted house, sociologists investigating urban legends, or film students setting out into the forest to prove there isn’t anything out there. In these narratives of dare and debunking, science always loses, its certainty shaken in the presence of the unknown.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Box Office Politics

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    film review: Flipped

    Because it shares a time period and sense of nostalgia with the well-remembered Stand By Me (1986), Flipped has been pegged as an official companion piece for director Rob Reiner. There’s some validity to this, especially since the soundtrack is filled with familiar oldies, which also added to the earlier film’s appeal.

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  • iW NOW
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    SnagFilms Creates New Educational Channel, SnagLearning

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Salesman

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  • Spout
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    Now "Mission: Impossible" is Being Rebooted?

    That's sort of the case, according to a report from Variety, looking further into the "Mission: Impossible IV" updates I wrote about yesterday. The trade claims Paramount is so unhappy with the box office performance of Tom Cruise's "Knight and Day" that it wants to distance the "Mission: Impossible" franchise from the actor's past within it. The structure will be different, featuring only two agents (Cruise and Jeremy Renner) -- so I guess Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg aren't being brought back? -- and the title is rumored to be doing away with both the "Mission: Impossible" and the "IV" parts and going with something akin to "The Dark Knight" or, more fittingly, a Bond title.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Exquisite Corpse: 8 MM Film Experiment

    It's surreal.

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  • Spout
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    Is "Mission: Impossible" the Only Franchise to Keep Getting Better With Age?

    I think so. It's a bit of a toss-up, but I just barely prefer John Woo's "Mission: Impossible II" to Brian DePalma's initial adaptation of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series. I didn't particularly like either of the first two installments, to be honest, but Woo's style of action filmmaking kept me more engaged than that of DePalma, who couldn't get me past that convoluted plot. I surprisingly loved "Mission: Impossible III," apparently more than some others (and not just based on its disappointing box office). I mean, casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain was all the work they needed to do, yet J.J. Abrams also elevated it by delivering the clearest and most character-driven film of the series.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    LOW AND BEHOLD available for pre-order on DVD

    Time for some shameless promotion. Low and Behold is coming to DVD on September 7 and is now available for pre-order on www.lowandbeholdmovie.com. I am very proud to be an executive producer of this film, the first narrative film shot in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Based on real events, LOW AND BEHOLD is the story of Turner Stull (Barlow Jacobs), a young insurance claims adjuster in post-Katrina New Orleans who risks his job to help a local man, Nixon (Eddie Rouse), find his lost dog. As this unlikely pair traverses the city, Turner comes to discover that some damage is immeasurable. Filmed on location in New Orleans only months after Hurricane Katrina, LOW AND BEHOLD blurs the line between reality and fiction, creating a mosaic of images, faces, and voices that together make for a unique cinematic experience. I hope you check it out. Full release below.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Tom Green and Gallagher Clown Around

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