Ms. Silver Screen: Drive Was Robbed… Big Time

On the morning of Tuesday, January 24th, the nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were released. If you listened carefully, you likely heard the sound of mass disappointment. Not just regarding DRIVE, but for me, that was the big one. First of all, why 9 Best Picture nominees? Because they just HAD to get EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: Assault on Precinct 13 and The Warriors

Since the dawn of Man, we have used stories as a way of understanding both ourselves and the world around us.  Many of the best stories are about journeys, both metaphorical and actual.  Some follow a character or characters from one location to another, and others serve as a chronicle of the progression from one stage of a character’s life […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: Scrooged and The Muppet Christmas Carol

It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens (and other non-Run-DMC approved locales), so in honor of this most beloved of holidays, Cinematic Soulmates will turn its attention to a couple of films that (at the time) put a fresh and fun spin on the most famous Christmas story of them all, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Both Scrooged (1988) and A […]

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Cinematic Soulmates: The King of Comedy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

For some people, fame is like a drug, and their desire to attain it becomes the driving force of their lives.  This has been the case for a very long time, but it seems to have reached a sort of fevered pitch in the modern era.  The rise of “reality television” would seem to bear this out.   Indeed, for over […]

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Great Moments in Cinema: Alien

Part of the brilliance of director Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) is the way in which it demystifies space travel.  His characters aren’t heroic astronauts or brilliant scientists or mystic space knights.  Instead, they are blue-collar working stiffs who just happen to make their living on a mining ship that traverses the stars.  It is a clever (if not wholly original) […]

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