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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: The Sandlot

A FALL CLASSICS Special

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  Fall Classics IV. THE SANDLOT (1993, Island World/20th Century Fox, dir. David Mickey Evans) “You’re killing me Smalls!” “You play ball like a girl!” New York Knights Announcer SCOTTY SMALLS (Tom Guitry/Arliss Howard) writing for September/October issue of SportsBeat Magazine… “BENNY THE JET: Baseball’s Magical Miracle Man” Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez, known to thousands of […]

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David Lynch Opens Philadelphia Art Exhibit & Attends Q&A Screening of “Lost Highway”

Director Speaks on Transcendental Meditation, Eraserhead Inspiration, & The Opening of "David Lynch: The Unified Field."

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  2014 has been a good year for David Lynch fans. In addition to seeing The Criterion Collection issue a Blu-Ray transfer of 1977’s “Eraserhead” (They’re also rumored to be working on “Mulholland Drive”), we also saw a cultural revival of the 90s phenomenon “Twin Peaks” with the release of “Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery […]

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The Obsessive Moviewatcher’s Home Theatre: Eight Men Out

A FALL CLASSICS Special

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  Fall Classics III. EIGHT MEN OUT (1988, Orion Pictures, dir. John Sayles) “I may be dumb, fellas, but I ain’t stupid.” “What can I say? People are human.” “Say it ain’t so, Joe. Say it ain’t so.” “Chicago Examiner”; September 30th 1919, HUGH FULLERTON (Studs Terkel) reporting… The 1919 White Sox season has been a […]

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Film Review: At the Devil’s Door

The devil is in the details...

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At the Devil’s Door is the 2nd feature film from Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) that seeks to take the “possession” genre into a new direction.  While most possession films involve a haunted place (Amityville Horror), a haunted object (Annabelle), or a legacy of witchcraft/Satanism following one individual (Paranormal Activity), McCarthy seeks to provide a new twist. […]

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Film Review: THE EQUALIZER

Denzel Washington will Re-arrange Evil!

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  Deep, textured brown. Muted mustard yellow. Swaths of rich maroons, and lots of shadow.   This is the pervasive color palate of the latest Denzel Washington action film, The Equalizer. Most films are crafted with an intentional color palate in terms of set dressing and locations, meant to evoke a certain mood, an intentional […]

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Film Review: Believe Me

An anti-faith film that actually affirms genuine faith?

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Believe Me is the story about 4 college seniors who decide to create a fake charity in order to prey upon gullible Christian audiences at “faith conferences” to give money to assuage their consciences, allowing these college con-artists to raise money for their tuition needs and their desired lifestyle.  When Sam (Alex Russell-Chronicle, The Host) […]

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THE OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER’S HOME THEATRE: The Natural

A FALL CLASSICS Special

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  Fall Classics II. THE NATURAL (1984, TriStar Pictures, dir. Barry Levinson) “And then? And then when I walked down the street people would’ve said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.” “Sports Beat”; September 29th 1939, MAX MERCY (Robert Duvall) reporting… [pencil-sketched cartoon of an emptied New York Knights Field, […]

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Film Review: The Drop

A Reminder That Slow Burn, 70's Crime Dramas Have Not Disappeared.

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Dennis Lehane, the author of works such as “Gone Baby Gone,” “Shutter Island,” and “Mystic River” seems to have found his calling within the movie business as of late when it comes to getting his novels adapted. With directors such as Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and even Martin Scorsese finding much to admire about his […]

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THE OBSESSIVE MOVIEWATCHER’S HOME THEATRE: The Pride of the Yankees

A FALL CLASSICS Special

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  Swing And A Miss “Batter Up!”, as Sundays and Tuesdays in the waning days of September I’ll be swatting out a few infield flies courtesy of four of my favorite baseball flicks. I’m callin’ ‘em Fall Classics. A little background: In the summer and fall of 1982 I was 5 years old and the Milwaukee […]

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Film Review: THE ZERO THEOREM

Does Everything Equal Nothing in Terry Gilliam's Latest Dystopian Outing?

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Bleakly ornate and terminally imaginative, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem might be the new pre-eminent example of a film being infinitely admirable, but difficult to like. If that means anything to anyone… Indeed, bleakness playing to a thinking filmgoer’s intuition is the order of the day here. It all happens in a rundown future world […]