Monthly Archives: January 2016

Golden Year: OUR MAN FLINT (Daniel Mann, 1/16/1966)

Our Man Flint came out at the height of the pop cultural “spy craze” that followed in the wake of the Bond films’ phenomenal popularity. By 1966, an apparently endless proliferation of globetrotting and gadget-mongering secret agents seemed to dominate … Continue reading

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Golden Year: A Yearlong Film Project

Every year brings a bumper crop of exceptional cinema, especially over that “long decade” that demarcates my own favorite period in film (as in so many other things), c. 1965-1980. Still, 1966 proved to be something of an annus mirabilis: … Continue reading

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Starman: Bowie on Film

“Turn and face the strange.” More than any other single lyric he penned, this line contains for me the essence of David Bowie’s life philosophy. Stand your ground and confront those things that make us strangers to ourselves, aliens in … Continue reading

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Through a Glass Sparkly: Robert Stigwood and SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (Michael Schultz, 1978)

The recent passing of music impresario-turned-film producer Robert Stigwood motivated me to cast a cold eye back over his cinematic legacy. I would argue the movies the man has bequeathed us can best be summed up — to borrow the … Continue reading

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Best Films of 2015 (In Alphabetical Order)

These are the best new release (or VOD) titles, out of the 456 films and TV series that I watched over the last year. Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015) Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015) The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015) … Continue reading

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Ziggy Stardust: A Tribute to Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (June 16, 1930 – January 1, 2016)

It’s been a really bad week for the art of cinematography. On December 27th, Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool [also director/screenwriter]) passed away. Yesterday, it was announced that legendary DP Vilmos Zsigmond had died on New … Continue reading

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