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Exit Music, Music

Exit Music (For a Film): The Foundations, “Build Me Up Buttercup”

Even though I live in Los Angeles, I’ve never been an actor, a writer, a director, a writer-director, a grip, a cameraman, or worked...

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No Concessions: “Semi-Pro”

Much like the stupid redneck protagonist of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell’s latest sports comedy,...

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No Concessions: “Penelope”

Penelope made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The 2006 Toronto Film Festival. Not a good sign that the movie has languished this...

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No Concessions: “The Other Boleyn Girl”

For those that aren’t completely sick and tired of trashy melodramas centered on Queen Elizabeth (I and II), director Justin Chadwick...

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No Concessions: “Chicago 10”

It’s fitting that Chicago 10, a Roadside Attractions release, is opening February 29. It’s a weird, once-every-four-years day,...

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Motion Picture Soundtrack, Music

Motion Picture Soundtrack: “All These Things That I’ve Done”

There’s a certain art to crafting a great movie trailer that is sort of a scale model of the art of crafting the advertised movie...

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No Concessions: “Be Kind Rewind”

There was one movie that my movie critic peers and I were looking forward to seeing in these dog days of winter, and it was Be Kind Rewind,...

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No Concessions: “Vantage Point”

You have to give the makers of Vantage Point credit for one thing: what the movie lacks in plausibility, it makes up for with raw...

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No Concessions: “Charlie Bartlett”

We critics like to make a big fuss over films that have had their release dates pushed back — usually because it’s a sign of a...

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No Concessions: “In Bruges”

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is an interesting little film. It’s one part action-comedy, one-part Shakespearean tragedy, and no...

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Exit Music, Music

Exit Music (For a Film): Erasure, “Stop!”

Most people are familiar with the concept of the alpha male. Aggressive and dominating, he exists in our society as a result of our...

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Motion Picture Soundtrack, Music

Motion Picture Soundtrack: “I’ll Fly Away”

Sometimes, when you’re choosing the soundtrack for an adapted screenplay, the source material hands your songs right to you (such as...

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Exit Music, Music

Exit Music (For a Film): Moby, “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters”

I don’t think Michael Mann is particularly interested in popular music. It’s practically impossible to think of Phil...

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Motion Picture Soundtrack: “Momma Told Me Not to Come”/ “Spill the Wine”

The first time I ever visited Sherman Oaks and saw the childhood home of my old roommate Miles (this was back when we lived in San Diego,...

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Exit Music, Music

Exit Music (For an Actor): Heath Ledger

As I expect every one of you knows, Heath Ledger died yesterday. I won’t speculate as to the details of his death (I’m sure the...

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Exit Music (For a Film): Leonard Cohen, “The Future”

Exit Music is a sister series to Motion Picture Soundtrack. Yeah, they’re both named after Radiohead songs. So what? You wanna fight...

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No Concessions: “Cloverfield”

Never in my life have I been so glad that I wasn’t caught up in the hype for a film. Yes, obviously, I was aware of Cloverfield....

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Motion Picture Soundtrack

Motion Picture Soundtrack: Elliott Smith, “Needle in the Hay”

To begin: Music has been a essential part of movies since the very first images were committed to celluloid — in fact, motion picture...

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No Concessions: “Juno”

Ellen Page, welcome to the show. In Juno, the Canadian actress portrays high schooler Juno MacGuff, who gets knocked up after a sexual...

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Sugar Water: The Adventure Continues …

Sequels aren’t always good, but the movie-loving teenager who continues to take up space inside my soul will always be excited by...

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Film

"King’s Highway" update

I have some great news. After only a week posted on the iklipz website, “King’s Highway” was chosen as the “Film of...

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Film

King’s Highway on the Internet

Fear has gripped me for the past year. I’ve been afraid to take a simple risk for fear my work may get rejected and ridiculed. I have...