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With the world on lockdown, what are we all watching? I posed that question to Greg Proops, a comedian, podcaster (“The Smartest Man in the World,” co-hosted by his wife, Jennifer Canaga), actor, voice artist and improv performer on both the UK and US versions of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” a…

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I’m not sure what’s in the water right now, but I’ve been processing a lot of content about darker aspects of show business that we’ve evolved beyond: “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast” has run episodes on the Rat Pack’s racist and chauvinistic schtick and Kliph Nesteroff’s new b…

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As COVID has kept theaters closed for now, I have soldiered on, doing deep dives into more movies I haven’t seen, movies I’ve always wanted to see. If I couldn’t see as many new films as I once was, at least I was watching films. Isn’t it ironic? If I was doing my usual due diligence, I woul…

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ITHACA, NY -- Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s member-supported independent movie theater, is celebrating the end of a “year that wasn’t” with the launch of a new Private Movie Party program at the cinema. Beginning on March 12,, movie buffs will be able to reserve one of the five screening rooms at th…

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ITHACA, NY -- Just over 100 years ago, Theda Bara (1885-1955), the world’s first international movie sex symbol, came to Ithaca, New York, to film parts of the feature romance “Kathleen Mavourneen” for the William Fox studio. The global superstar alighted down the steps of a train from New Y…

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Like everything else, Cornell Cinema has gone through some heavy changes in the wake of COVID. I spoke with Cornell Cinema’s Mary Fessenden about their new “virtual” film season and other special events.

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I love animation, all kinds of animation. When I first started reviewing films in 1987, there were many different animation anthologies floating around, shows like “Animation Celebration” and the annual “Animation Tournees.” There were collections distributed by Spike and Mike, Mike Judge an…

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I have a confession to make. Despite deadlines coming and going, scores of unread texts suffocating my phone and an overflowing inbox of emails, I keep indulging in a vice I know has more impact than I’d ever admit beyond the confines of my locked Twitter profile.? ?

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The term “independent film” gets bandied around a lot by people who don’t know what they’re talking about. As actor Bruce Campbell has said, if your movie has a release date, it’s not an “indie.”

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Um… “Cats.” First of all, I never liked “Cats,” even after sneaking into the Winter Garden Theatre in 1981 after a matinee to look at the set. Until now, I’d seen one low-rent regional production that didn’t change my mind. But Tom Hooper’s colossally wrong-headed, overwrought and overthough…

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I’ve seen dozens of effective and affecting war films over the years, but the fact that Sam Mendes stages “1917” as one continuous shot (actually two shots) puts into the foreground the sense of exhaustion that soldiers in combat must experience. Two anonymous whey-faced kids are tasked with…

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With the world on lockdown, what are we all watching? I posed that question to film historian David Del Valle, recently seen in the Severin Films documentary “Tales of the Uncanny.” He is a regular contributor of DVD commentaries for Vincent Price films, “The Lineup” (1958) as part of a film…

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When COVID shut down movie theaters, I decided for myself that if I couldn’t see as many new movies as I would under normal circumstances, by golly, I was going to see as many old “new” movies as I could. I have a lot of DVDs and Blu-Rays that I’ve never seen, and I began to haunt stores for…

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Remember in David Fincher’s “Fight Club” where we learn that Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) moonlights at a movie theater as a projectionist? This was 1999, before the advent of digital projection, and the movie would be cued up on two reels. Ten seconds before a reel change, you would see a littl…

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ITHACA, NY -- Horror movies, like comedies, depend a great deal on the element of surprise. This makes the really effective ones difficult to write about, because it spoils the surprise. Boasting a truly audacious script by first-time directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, “Antebellum” …

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ITHACA, NY -- If I were doing the usual Thanksgiving festivities with my family instead of staying home with my cat, I doubt that what I’m thankful for is that much different from what you are thankful for. I am thankful that I’m in good health, and I’m thankful that I have steady work. Here…

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ITHACA, NY -- When I was a kid, we were visiting family friends in Pennsylvania and one night, all of us kids watched a scary movie on WPIX-11’s “Chiller Theater.” Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Donald Sutherland, “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors” (1965) scared the pants off of th…