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Re: “You can see great movies at NCMA; why can't the facilities match the programming?

While it is true that digital projection is becoming the mainstay of multiplexes, there is good reason not to turn our backs on reel-to-reel presentation in the indoor auditorium. Doing so would effectively eliminate access to archival film libraries, which stipulate their films be presented using this "obsolete" technology. As long as there is demand for screening classic and archival prints, there will be a need for reel-to-reel presentation.

Kevin Porter, NCMA Projectionist

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Posted by Kevin Porter on 04/17/2013 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Danny Boyle's heist film Trance is slick

It’s important to understand that hypnosis is NOT a tool for retrieving lost memories – period. “Memories” that surface during hypnosis are notoriously unreliable. With a little guidance from the hypnotist, the subject may “remember” things that never happened – from past lives to alien abductions. In reality, clinical hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help with a wide variety of emotional, cognitive, and even physical issues. It is essential that the person doing the hypnosis be a professional clinician who has solid credentials, such as membership in one of the major clinical hypnosis associations. See for more info.

Posted by ronaldgbegley on 04/12/2013 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Full Frame 2013 short reviews

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Posted by renaissancemon on 04/05/2013 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Full Frame 2013 short reviews

Not sure if they are showing worldwide watched doc called "Searching for Steele". If the Bush Administration is not charged with war crimes, we are doomed as a country. This documentary shows black & white, on paper, letters of PROOF they all knew & authorized torture & forced our soldiers to watch the torture they ordered-& see what happens if they speak out, like Bradley Manning-a true hero to the truth of the terror we are paying for. We have to get these radicals out of our government or the rest of the world, I fear, will turn on us. We have become like a big dumb jock that bullies those who have less, instead of doing good, we have Republican US Senators, etc.radicals, going to Uganda, Africa-teaching them the "evils of homosexuality", who now want to kill gay people because of right-wing fundamentalist religion-that does harm- not the good it should. Ayn Rand is NOT Jesus Christ. Wake up Republican voters, please.

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Posted by Karen Skinner on 04/03/2013 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Full Frame 2013 short reviews

Saw "Blood Brother" at Sundance and was moved. Then learned the next day that subject and filmmakers alike are from the Greater Pittsburgh Church of Christ. And that Rocky Braat was in India as a missionary, and converted many of these kids to Christianity. Maybe it shouldn't make a difference, but ugh. Guess google had to ruin it for me...

Posted by JerrodS on 04/03/2013 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Following a group of Brits through their lives in 56 Up

Thanks, you're right. I kept notes watching this but it's hard to keep track, especially when I occasionally can't read my own hand writing. I wish I were kidding.

Posted by Glenn McDonald on 03/06/2013 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Following a group of Brits through their lives in 56 Up

Nice review, but Nick was not one of the privileged kids. He was "Nick the farm boy." He went to a one-room school house, not a private school, although he did end up at Oxford. He's also the only one who moved to the U.S. and the only one who earned a Ph.D.

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Posted by Eileen Gilligan on 03/02/2013 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Django Unchained

I am a big fan of Tarantino........having said that, the review of Django is excellent.
I had the exact same reaction to the film.
Despite some wonderful acting and scenes, it was disappointing.

Posted by Michael Valente on 02/09/2013 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Goodnight, Galaxy

Giving back to the community indeed Ms. Karen Brown...More like scavenging on what's left of it..

Posted by Nayana Jai on 02/08/2013 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Goodnight, Galaxy

Art houses and book stores and record shops ... you will be missed.

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Posted by Paul Heltzel on 01/16/2013 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Kathyrn Bigelow's unflinching Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden

Ugh. Another damn review lauding the film for being "unflinching."

The problem with Zero Dark Thirty isn't that it's "amoral," as Morris claims. It's that it claims the mantle of journalistic integrity, then mucks with the very critical fact that torture, according to every public report we have available, demonstratively DID NOT produce any information which lead to the killing of bin Laden. Changing that critical fact, to my mind, obviates any grittiness or "realism" that Bigelow and Boal achieved.

Bigelow fully earned her Oscar snub. You can't claim the mantle of a journalistic eye and then change facts. And if the allegations prove true that this was changed as a sop to the CIA's PR department in exchange for access, she deserves not an Oscar, but a Congressional subpoena.

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Posted by MichaelB on 01/14/2013 at 3:22 PM

Re: “FDR meets the King in Hyde Park on Hudson

Want to know the true story of the real-life events that inspired the film? Then check out my book, Hot Dogs and Cocktails: When FDR met George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson, on Amazon. (…

Posted by Peter Conradi on 01/05/2013 at 2:35 PM

Re: “FDR meets the King in Hyde Park on Hudson

The story is ludicrous - any reading of Geoffrey Ward's book, "Closest Companion," which tells their story through her letters and diaries, indicates no intimate relationship. I have been writing and lecturing on FDR for decades and I have not seen the film. From reading countless reviews and seeing outtakes I have no doubt that this film is more of a parody and its conclusions should not be taken with any seriousness. FDR was a powerful personality that attracted women admirers for decades. He was also an incredibly private individual who kept his inner thoughts to very few people. These few people did not keep notes, few wrote any memoirs (Louis Howe, Missy LeHand, Harry Hopkins and others wrote nothing) and the ones that did, knew little of his relationships and inner thoughts. That era was fraught with romanticism and life was quite fragile, relationships were close, warm and very often not intimate in the least. The idea that anyone could hear, report or remember even fragments of private conversations they were not part of is specious.

Historians and fiction writers make conclusions that are quite often totally unsupported by the facts. FDR kept no diary, his letters were not ones of intimacy and there are volumes of them to peruse. Margaret “Daisy” Suckley liked to listen, had no romantic relationships in her long life, and never bothered FDR with details, demands or pressure. He was able to relax with her and he often would give her insights and updates on some of the events that had unfolded or were about to happen. She, like the president, was quite discreet. Even her siblings didn’t even know that she knew the president.

He was very careful about what he wrote and he almost never revealed any clue of his intentions. I have over 400 books on FDR, thousands of articles, artifacts and collectibles and have devoted 27 radio broadcasts over six years on FDR, the New Deal, Eleanor Roosevelt and related subjects.

Richard J. Garfunkel
Host of The Advocates
WVOX 1460 am radio
New Rochelle, NY

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Posted by Richard J. Garfunkel on 01/03/2013 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Django Unchained

ELIJAH - In the movie, they specifically refer to the explosive as "dynamite," which wasn't yet invented.

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Posted by Neil Morris on 12/29/2012 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Django Unchained

Fellerath is wrong both about the explosive and the rifle used in the long distance kill neither of which he believes was invented at the time the movie was set.
1. It of course wasn't dynamite which had not been invented: it was gunpowder which was invented by the ancient Chinese and which was the basis of mixtures widely used for mining prior to dynamite. In the movie Django in fact acquires the explosive from transporters employed by a mining company.
2. Fellerath found the long distance kill unrealistic because the rifle employed was not available in 1858. Wrong, the gun was a Sharp Co. rifle which came out in 1848 The Sharp was very accurate and did have a very long range.

Dont you have anyone check facts? Often wrong, never in doubt

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Posted by ELIJAH on 12/29/2012 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Django Unchained

Mr. Fellerath: Tough to walk the critical line between art and exploitation, you did it well with your fair-minded assessment of Django. The bloodfest described in the last hour of Django reflects a pornography of violence that too many are quick to dismiss as art for the greater good. I'll pass on Tarantino this year. Thanks.

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Posted by JosefWoodman on 12/29/2012 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Three-hour opener to Hobbit trilogy

Hm, guess I'll save my money, unless you you think it could be the butt of a burst of many future jokes. Which, in hindsight, was the best reason to go see avatar.

Posted by Oliver McIrwin on 12/13/2012 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Searching for Sugar Man tells the strange tale of vanished counterculture icon Rodriguez

One of the top ten documentaries of 2012.

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Posted by rgj5366 on 11/28/2012 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Searching for Sugar Man tells the strange tale of vanished counterculture icon Rodriguez

Searching for Sugar Man is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. What an awesome and inspiring story. I would suggest this movie to anyone! It's got a very good chance of being in the running for best documentary in the academy awards. Sixto Rodriguez is such a humble and thankful person. Even though he hasn't had the best of luck in his succes as a musician, he is thankful for the life he has. And now he deserves all the success that's coming to him. We really enjoyed having Sixtoin our studio to perform, check him out and go see the movie!

Posted by Cece De Mattos on 11/02/2012 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Ben Affleck's directing career continues to impress with Argo

Loved it but I thought Affleck's acting was the weakest part. Plus Mendez was Hispanic. Would it have killed him to employ an actor of color?

Posted by jw9788a on 10/19/2012 at 11:04 AM

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