6 items from 2012
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Debut of a three-part series presented by the BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, pondering in turn the relevance of three economic philosophers. The next two episodes will consider the legacies of Marx and Hayek, but tonight it's the turn of John Maynard Keynes. Flanders argues that we are living through the supreme test of Keynes's core belief: that the best way for a broke nation to stimulate growth is to spend yet more of the money it doesn't have. Keynes also bequeathed the supreme caution against overly utopian economic planning: "In the long run," he observed, "we are all dead." Andrew Mueller
- Ali Catterall, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Martin Skegg, John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Mark Jones, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Gwilym Mumford
San Diego’s Comic-Con International is the biggest event in the world devoted to genre pop culture. While the big Hollywood movies get the most mainstream press, there’s also a large, lesser known and promoted Independent Film Festival devoted to genre short films tucked away within the overall convention.
The Cci-iff, as it’s acronymed, runs completely concurrently with the convention with programming running from morning to night that includes films devoted to comic book-inspired movies, horror movies, sci-fi flicks, comedies and documentaries. There are also several panels on filmmaking sandwiched in between the on-screen entertainment.
The fest also gives out awards. This year’s juror panel includes filmmakers Steven-Charles Jaffee and Kyle Newman, plus entertainment journalist Borys Kit.
Programming blocks are broken up by genre and the full film lineup below gives the exact starting time of each short film. There’s also one feature film screening this year, »
- Mike Everleth
Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr, Algiers Hedy Lamarr can be seen later this month on Turner Classic Movies: I Take This Woman (1940) will be shown on Saturday, April 28, and The Conspirators (1944) on Monday, April 30. I Take This Woman was a troubled production that took so long to make — W.S. Van Dyke replaced Frank Borzage who had replaced original director Josef von Sternberg — that punsters called it "I Retake This Woman." Spencer Tracy co-stars as a doctor who marries European refugee Lamarr. Jean Negulesco’s The Conspirators has several elements in common with Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca, including an "exotic" World War II setting (in this case, Lisbon), conflicting loyalties, male lead Paul Henreid, and supporting players Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Curiously, at one point Lamarr had been considered for the Casablanca role that eventually went to Ingrid Bergman. Neither I Take This Woman nor The Conspirators did much for Hedy Lamarr’s Hollywood career. »
- Andre Soares
Francis Xavier's new film Poe now has an official release date, and in a new turn of events, a sequel has already been announced. This film, whose synopsis reminds us of The Silence of the Lambs, will become available on May 8 via Maverick Entertainment Group.
Written and directed by Xavier, Poe stars Stelio Savante, David Fine, Gene Silvers and Sal Landi. The only info we have on the planned sequel is the title will be Poe II: The Return of Dr. Casey. More details to follow as we get them. For more info visit the official Poe website and give it a like on the Poe Facebook page.
Brilliant and wealthy Dr. Andrew Casey is a serial killer who goes by the name The Chef. One night 11 years ago his wife found out. He was arrested and imprisoned at Marathon County Asylum for the criminally insane. Eleven years pass and he is released, »
- Doctor Gash
Myrna Loy biography: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood Many believe that Myrna Loy is the best American actress never to have been nominated for an Academy Award. Despite having played leads and supporting roles in more than 100 movies (in addition to a few dozen bit parts during the silent era), Loy was invariably bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But that's the Oscar and the Academy's loss. For starters, Loy was a delightful light comedienne in movies such as W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man and Jack Conway's Libeled Lady. One of the greatest — and most beautifully politically incorrect — dialogue exchanges in movies can be heard in Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 musical Love Me Tonight: Jeanette MacDonald: "Don't you think of anything but men, dear?" Myrna Loy: "Oh yes, schoolboys." Loy could be a remarkable dramatic actress as well, as can »
- Andre Soares
Billed as "Saw meets The Silence of the Lambs", Poe has a its work cut out for itself to live up to that label. With a release date scheduled for May 2012, we've gotten our first look at the trailer for this cannibalistic treat.
Written and directed by Francis Xavier, Poe is part torture and torment, part dinner. Mostly torture and torment. The film, from Metropolis Pictures Entertainment, stars Stelio Savante, David Fine, Gene Silvers and Sal Landi.
Coming soon! Brilliant and wealthy Dr. Andrew Casey is a serial killer who goes by the name The Chef. One night 11 years ago his wife found out. He was arrested and imprisoned at Marathon County Asylum for the criminally insane. Eleven years pass, and he is released, »
- Doctor Gash
6 items from 2012
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