Tag Archives: Jim Emerson

Something Awful Happened? There’s a Conspiracy Behind It.

(Editor’s Note: This piece began soon after the Boston Marathon bombing, but with so much new information coming out so quickly, I held off on it so it wouldn’t be dated.) I wanted to write a response to David Wiegel’s … Continue reading

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Andrew Sarris and Auteur Theory: What If Brad Bird Directed Brave?

My favorite shot in Cinemetropolis comes toward the beginning of the dance scene you can see on the Media Page. It’s the one that starts with a close up of the drainage pipe and zooms out to reveal Melisma and … Continue reading

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I May not Know Much About Art, But I Know What I Like!

Dan Kois has provoked a rather tame debate among critical circles with this essay, where he explains why he didn’t like Meek’s Cutoff: It’s slow and boring. Manhola Dargis and A.O. Scott responded by saying that maybe “slow and boring … Continue reading

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Who’s This Guy Named Oscar and Why Is He on TV?

Maybe it’s me, but it seems like most of the commentary I’ve seen this year finds the writer complaining how the Academy snubbed their favorite movie, and why the nominees for the various categories are undeserving. And we can’t forget … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th Part II: A Cashcow Grows Up Before Our Eyes

Part I is here. Friday the 13th is a franchise that runs on formula. It’s fairly straightforward, but the initial premise proved repetitive, and later entries seem to move away from it. The films all fit neatly into the Three … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Blog- Now in 3D!

Or not. Sorry. But to make up for it, here’s Roger Ebert on a (possibly insurmountable?) problem for 3D films. He posts a letter from Walter Murch, a highly respected editor and sound designer. Murch says that the 3D illusion … Continue reading

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