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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #6 The Home Consumer, Finally

    My Top Ten Cinematic Experiences of 2010 | #6 The Home Consumer, Finally

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    Black Swan Psychology Art vs. Science; Sex vs. Sexy: Which Sells Movies?

    - Black Swan offers fuel for an Art vs. Science debate. Consider these professional-opinion-posturings on Black Swan ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mental state. Nadine Kaslow (Dept. of Psychiatry, Emory University) says: "It was intense and disturbing and fascinating and mysterious…What was a hallucination and what was real? When people are psychotic, it's difficult, even as a therapist, to know what's real and what's not."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Saorise Ronan Stars as Assassin Hanna

    The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features film that reunites the star with her director on Atonement, Joe Wright. The trailer is below. Eric Bana plays her father; Cate Blanchett co-stars.

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  • Spout
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    Video: 1982 "TRON" Holiday Special

    I posted that last video too soon. If you want to really laugh today, this is the thing to watch. Obviously modeled after the cheesy "Star Wars" holiday special, the guys at Funny or Die give us an idea of what a "TRON" special might have looked like back in 1982. It starts out good and then keeps getting better. Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise in glowing versions of their "Cannonball Run" outfits with light cycles! Finally Rip Taylor comes in and tosses around glowing confetti. That in particular got me.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    A Petition for Panahi.

    Yesterday's news about the enslavement of Jafar Panahi -- for the second time this year -- must be seen one of the biggest tragedies of the year. Panahi's absence at Cannes this year, where he was technically part of the jury headed by Tim Burton, did not receive proper coverage from the mainstream media: The oppression of Panahi by the Iranian government has not been widely understood as the chief representation of contemporary fascist censorship, but that's exactly what it is. Outside of fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's public statements at the festival on his colleague's behalf, the most significant actions taken at Cannes were Juliette Binoche's tears:

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  • The Playlist
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    First Look: Jonah Hill In David Gordon Green's 'The Sitter'

    David Gordon Green is a machine (best rhyme ever). The director spent the last year putting the finishing touches on his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness," acting as a producer on the cult hit comedy show "Eastbound & Down" (sorry, we actually don't understand the appeal here) and this fall, he's been shooting yet another comedy, the very fun sounding "The Sitter."

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Looking Back: Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist"

    The threat of obsolescence pervades every aspect of The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet’s follow up to The Triplets of Belleville. A defiantly 2-D, hand-drawn cartoon in a 3-D CG world, The Illusionist tells the story of an over-the-hill magician who, at the end of the 1950s, finds himself increasingly irrelevant to audiences, a dying breed of performer who cannot compete with the upheaval the rock-and-roll sixties are about to usher in. Chomet makes the point early, as the title character waits in the wings of a London theater, eager to take the stage while Billy and the Britoons, a swishy young rock group, performs encore upon encore for their adoring fans. The theater empties of all but a few spectators before the protagonist, know only as the Illusionist, begins his act. He’s an antique, a throwback to a vaudevillian era that’s already ended. And next to the limp-wristed, foppish Billy and the dandies who back him, the Illusionist represents an antiquated old-school masculinity that also comes off as a little old-fashioned: he’s not manly, exactly, but he is quietly dignified, proud, fatherly, and, in a way, chivalrous—perhaps to a fault.

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  • Spout
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    Video: "Star Wars - Attack of the Models"

    I needed a good laugh when I woke up this morning, but unfortunately this wasn't it. Seems to be making others chuckle, though, so I'll pass it on. Plus, I normally like these guys' videos. Maybe they're just better at inserting themselves into "Harry Potter" than "Star Wars."

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  • The Playlist
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    H.R. Giger Reteaming With Ridley Scott For ‘Alien’ Prequel? Film To Shoot On RED Epic 3D Cameras

    Some more news from Ridley Scott's developing but not yet greenlit "Alien" prequel. A lot of casting rumors and other bits of production info have been flying around of late, with most of it turning out to be untrue, but Scott Free appears to be continuing to put pieces for the eventual film in place as it awaits an official thumbs up from 20th Century Fox to move forward.

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  • Week of Wonders
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    Gift Idea: The Immersive Movie Theater Experience

    Gift Idea: The Immersive Movie Theater Experience

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