Cinemadope: Everybody Wants Some!!
Apr12

Cinemadope: Everybody Wants Some!!

Any director worth their salt knows their strengths. Scorsese has New York and the mob; Allen has New York and neurosis; Tarantino has pop culture and cursing; Bergman had Sweden, bleakness, and death. To me, one of the marks of an interesting director — an interesting artist of any stripe, really — is a willingness, even, perhaps, a compulsion, to return to the same subject matter at regular intervals.   To some it might seem...

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Cinemadope: Let’s Fight – The conflicts of good stories
Apr05

Cinemadope: Let’s Fight – The conflicts of good stories

I’m sure that any first-year film major could tell you more than I can about what makes films tick, but for me, the best of them have always come down to the story of relationships — much like our own lives. Whether it’s He Said/She Said, Axis against Allies, or Harry vs. Voldemort, the most compelling, lasting stories are never just two opposing forces slamming into one another; instead they are conflicts that explore how we can...

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Vincent Price is Dr. Goldfoot and I’m in Hell
Mar29

Vincent Price is Dr. Goldfoot and I’m in Hell

Oh, how the mighty have diminished themselves. For reasons unknown to man, Vincent Price — the iconic star of such horror classics as House of Wax — decided to appear in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) and its sequel, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966). The pair of true disaster movies attempts to blend a spoof of the 007 genre with the dumb Frankie-and-Annette beach party flicks together with Price’s own Edgar Allen...

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Cinemadope: Have Faith – The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Returns
Mar29

Cinemadope: Have Faith – The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Returns

  Religion and art have a complicated history. Together they’ve been responsible for some of the great masterworks of history — the Sistine Chapel, Chagall’s stained glass, the Dome of the Rock — but they’ve also produced their fair share of eye-poppingly awful faith-rock bands and a surprising number of Kirk Cameron evangelical movies.   But if Cameron’s work is usually seen as religion-first, then the Pioneer Valley...

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Spooky Movie Club Review: The Witch, distributed by A24, in theaters nationwide
Mar22

Spooky Movie Club Review: The Witch, distributed by A24, in theaters nationwide

Distributed by A24 In theaters nationwide In this newest installment of the Advocate’s Scary Movie Club, two staffers — horror movie buff Jen Levesque and total wimp Hunter Styles — finally got to see the highly-reviewed horror flick The Witch last week. Set on a lone farmstead outside a Colonial village around 1630, the movie by first-time director Robet Eggers is subtitled “A New-England Folktale.” Think the Brothers Grimm, then go...

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Review: The Champions
Mar08

Review: The Champions

What happened to Michael Vick’s fighting dogs? (Firefly Filmworks) The Champions — a documentary film that follows the pit bulls rescued from famous quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring in 2007 — will at once devastate your faith in humanity and restore it. Both ends of the film’s emotional spectrum will leave you hugging your dog a little tighter. The film opens at its darkest point. Federal officers raid Vick’s home. They...

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