Category Archives: Fiction

My Movie Life: The Early Years, Part 1 – 1949 to 1952

One of my earliest movie memories is of seeing Bambi and being totally traumatized by the death of Bambi’s mother. Who wasn’t? It fact, that’s the only thing I remember about the film. Since Bambi was originally released in 1942, … Continue reading

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Movie Tie-Ins: Novelizations & Comic Books

NOVELIZATIONS Film novelizations have been around since the 1920s, but it was in the 1950s, with the proliferation of mass-market paperbacks, that they began to appear in large numbers. This is when I started reading them. Novelizations, as you would … Continue reading

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“Dog Days” – A Pilgrim’s Progress

Dog Days is a six-part comic web series on YouTube that follows the misadventures of a fledgling dog walker named Max Miller. It was created and written by Sam Rubinoff, a stand-up comedian for five years and a dog walker … Continue reading

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From Kubrick to Murnau – Notes on Four Great Films

Film Forum, here in New York, is currently showing a series called “Return of the Double Feature,” which offers two features for the price of a single admission. This series runs through September 13th. Each pair of films is linked … Continue reading

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“Tale of Tales” Pt. 2 – Supplemental Material

This may be a deeper dive than anyone who hasn’t already seen┬áTale of Tales will want to take, but here it is for those who do. First is more information about the work of Giambattista Basile, author of the film’s … Continue reading

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“Tale of Tales” – Once Upon a Time…

Tale of Tales presents three dark and bloody fairy tales — truly fantastic and quite wonderful flights of the imagination — yet it feels very real. Directed by Matteo Garrone, this is a lucid dream of a movie, an elaborately … Continue reading

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“Black Mass” & “Sicario” – Heavy Metal

Last Friday I saw Black Mass and Sicario at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square multiplex here in New York. I don’t necessarily recommend seeing two films back-to-back, especially on four hours’ sleep, but they’d just opened that day and I … Continue reading

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