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Do You See What I Hear? The Deadly Mantis and 2001: A Space Odyssey

  Movie diary:  I was watching snippets from The Deadly Mantis on Svengoolie recently—it was your typical prehistoric giant praying mantis on the loose leaving behind a trail of death and destruction kind of movie.  It had a handful of … Continue reading

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We Don’t Know What We’ve Got (Until We Lose It)—Some Films by David Cronenberg

Movie diary Having seen a number of David Cronenberg films at Minneapolis’s fine Trylon Microcinema these past few weeks—Shivers, Dead Ringers, The Fly, and Rabid—I was struck by how Cronenberg, with his clinically perverse eye, repeatedly investigates the question of … Continue reading

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Favorite Movies of 2016

As this past fall was approaching, my impression was that 2016 had been a pretty lousy year for movies, but by the end of the year, looking over all that I’d seen, I realized just how many excellent movies there … Continue reading

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Listen Up! A(nother) Tribute to Prince

First David Bowie and now Prince.  2016 is turning out to be a bit hard on pop music visionaries.  And what have I got to say about Prince that hasn’t already been said with more eloquence?  I’m not sure.  But … Continue reading

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The Seen Scene: MSPIFF 2016

For the third year in a row, I attended a fairly sizeable batch of films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.  This year I saw nineteen films, perhaps twenty if this Thursday I make the “best of” screening of … Continue reading

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Signal to Noise: A Tribute to BLACKSTAR and David Bowie

It is impossible to listen to Blackstar, David Bowie’s final album, without thinking of his death, and this, it seems, is as Bowie had intended. The album is shot through with death, not only in obvious ways as in the … Continue reading

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Favorite Movies of 2015

I saw a lot of good movies in 2015, some were even great. Not all of them were first released this year—for example, Take Up Productions put on brief Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock retrospectives sprinkled across a couple theaters … Continue reading

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