Filmotomy Podcast Episode 32: Meryl Streep and Strong Female Roles

After a week off, the podcast returns with a bang. Host and Deputy Editor Bianca Garner is joined by fellow Deputy Steve Schweighofer, regular film nut Rob Motto, and a special invite was accepted by Mark Ziobro from TheMovieBuff.Net. To celebrate Meryl Streep’s birthday, the gang try to encapsulate a quite magnificent acting career. Discussion […]

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FISA (Film Integrated Soccer Association) World Cup 2018

There is no official such party as the Film Integrated Soccer Association (FISA), but it exists as long as we can combine football / soccer with the world of film. And so that is what we did. Combining the format of the current World Cup with our love for movies. International cinema. If you’ve not […]

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Celebrating the Visions of Vittorio Storaro

Rather than try and describe in words the ongoing legacy of Vittorio Storaro in honor of his birthday, let’s instead revisit a few of the indelible visual memories he has given us. May there be many, many more to come.

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Altman’s Anti-Western: McCabe And Mrs. Miller

The atmosphere created for this small town in the Old West makes it feel distinctly non- western, like an independent film that just so happens to be set in the same time and location. The film’s biggest accomplishment is that it immerses you into a world that feels totally tangible and accessible while drawing us into it’s drama.

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3 Women: Altman’s Dreamscape of Identity

3 Women came to Altman mostly in the form of a dream that the director felt possessed the qualities and shape of a film…it is one of Altman’s most captivating  pictures whose images, just as a dream, return to haunt us, each time adding layers to our initial reading.

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Feeling Blue: The deeply disturbing Perfect Blue

It’s hard to find the words to describe Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue, but I shall do my best to describe it. Perfect Blue is an animated film that is far more disturbing than many of the live action psychological thrillers that I have come across in my time. The film deals with the issues of […]

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Passing the Time: Review of A Prairie Home Companion

Altman handles all the various parts with masterful care. This film is never boring, and it very well could be. The lack of a cohesive storyline could wear out its welcome fast, but Altman infuses each scene with enough flair to keep your attention. And the performances hold you there.

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Altman’s Hip And Cool Noir – The Long Goodbye Review

While the movie has an aloof style that matches the attitude and disposition of Marlowe, it’s a real world. Complete with violent consequences, unsavory characters, and the abyss always lurking on the surface. All that Marlowe has is an orange cat….

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”I yam what I yam.” Why Popeye is Altman’s forgotten masterpiece

Popeye wasn’t the commercial bomb that many believe. In fact the film grossed $6 million on its opening weekend in the U.S., and made $32,000,000 after 32 days. Although the film’s gross was decent, it was nowhere near the blockbuster that Paramount and Disney had expected, and was thus written off as a flop.

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How Robert Altman Drove the Cinema Bus into Seventies Glory and Beyond

The musical became Nashville, the private dick, The Long Goodbye, and the psychodrama, Images. Thieves Like Us was the deglamorized gangster flick, California Split the chaotically atmospheric gambling pic. The language of American film had begun to evolve again, after a very long nap.

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Vilmos Zsigmond – Images from a Renegade Camera

He broke every rule in the standard cinematographers’ catechism – and caught much flack for it early in his career. Then people began to catch on. This was a new visual language, an impressionistic wash that Zsigmond applied that elevated the films – and the directors he worked for – into a unique category, all their own.

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Play Violet For Me- Review

The archetypal figure of the double is cinema’s most often used trope to communicate notions of the uncanny. By definition, the double resembles the familiar original, yet remains another, a stranger. As ontologically both lie in the realm of the visual, it seems somewhat natural that cinema plays so well and often with the doppelganger […]

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Let’s get critical: A new study confirms that film critics are mostly white men

What do Roger Ebert, Peter Travers, David Edelstein, Glenn Kenny, Owen Gleiberman and Mark Kermode all in common? Well, three things: firstly their occupation, secondly their gender and lastly their ethnicity. A recent study conducted by USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, entitled ‘Critic’s Choice’ has confirmed something that I have been aware about […]

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VOTE – the Greatest Performances of Meryl Streep

With Meryl Streep‘s birthday coming up, its the perfect time to honor the ridiculously brilliant career of the actress. Now in her fifth decade of lighting up the silver screen, Streep’s career as an actress has been not only consistently good, but the roles she has undertaken offer such variety and depth. Probably the most […]

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Testament (1983) – When the Worst Happens

The secret to Littman’s film is that there is no proselytizing. We don’t see the bomb explode; we don’t know the political circumstances or which megalomaniac (elected or dictator) started the deluge. We only see things from the point of view of the innocent who pay for the folly with their lives.

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Take My Breath Away: In Defence of 1983’s Breathless

Breathless looks music-video slick and drips with style, creating the sense of a heightened reality set on the streets of L.A. This is the nouvelle vague for the MTV generation. The story and characters in both films may seem similar, but to call the 1983 Breathless a remake is a naive assumption.

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Violence Solves Nothing – Bad Boys (1983) Review

Bad Boys is that life lesson that truly reaches out from the streets of Chicago to illuminate our understanding of humanity through the eyes of teenagers who don’t understand the weight of their actions.

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Gorky Park – Doing Business in Moscow Can Be Murder

We all enjoy being stumped by riddles like Why is a raven like a writing desk? A riddle is a mental puzzle, a brain teaser much like a good mystery. Well, here’s another riddle. Question: Why is Gorky Park like the U.S. presidential election? Answer: It’s a story about a corrupt American businessman, Russian collusion, and a coverup designed […]

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