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The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (Vikram Jayanti, 2009) 

By Mary Schuler DeWitt Earlier tonight, I had the unfortunate pleasure of watching the The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (dir. Vikram Jayanti).  The film itself seemed flat and uninteresting. If you don't know who Phil Spector it's not that important.  He was a record producer back in the 60s and was credited with …

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God Grew Tired of Us (Tommy Walker, Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2007) 

God Grew Tired of Us reviewed by Mary Schuler DeWitt God Grew Tired of Us is a documentary film directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker. It tells the story of the "Lost Boys of Sudan".  The focus is on the lives of three young men in Africa and the United States: John Bul …

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Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011) 

Hugo (Martin Scorsese, 2011)  reviewed by Mary Schuler DeWitt As a child I was enamored with snow globes, especially around the holidays. I think it was because snow globes hold a tiny world that is man-made and not real.  The world of gender created in the movie Hugo has a similar feel to it. In …

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The Woodmans (C. Scott Willis, 2010) 

Reviewed by Mary Schuler DeWitt The Woodmans is an independent film about a family of artists. Beth is an established sculptor, George is a painter and photographer, and their son Charly is an electronic artist. The movie centers around their life as artists and exhibits their artistic works to the audience. It also focuses on …

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No film is an island: ‘The Rum Diary’ (Bruce Robinson, 2011) 

Reviewed by Mary Schuler DeWitt “Let’s fly way up to the clouds away from the maddening crowds…Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind.”  Those are the words to the opening song, Volare, sung by Dean Martin, heard at the beginning of The Rum Diary, directed by Bruce Robinson. If only they were true, …

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ROGER EBERT’s EXEMPLARY REVIEWS: JOURNALIST AS CINEMA EDUCATOR 

Here is a recent review by Roger Ebert, which I have had the hubris to comment upon in the text, suggesting for potential FERA blog reviewers some features that one can see in a good film review written by one of our great living film educators. …

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Review of Melancholia (Lars Von Trier, 2011)  ☆

By Margaret L. Bates School of Media Studies, The New School for Public Engagement Melancholia, seemingly about a troubled bride who screws up the wedding by screwing some guy other than the groom, is a gorgeous film that makes you melancholic. It’s really an apocalyptic movie about something the Occupy Wall Streeters have noted: there’s …

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