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Tonight's MovieMovie: Presumed Innocent Starring Harrison Ford

22 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

"I am a prosecutor. I have spent my life in the assignment of blame."

Rozat "Rusty" Sabich may not immediately come to mind when you're asked to name a character Harrison Ford has played on the big screen — Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan and Dr. Richard Kimble top our list — but Ford delivered one of the best performances of his career as the philanderous prosecuting attorney in tonight's MovieMovie, the 1990 crime thriller Presumed Innocent.

The movie was written (with Frank Pierson) and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice) and is adapted from Scott Turow's best-selling novel of the same name. The intricate plot revolves around the rape and murder of a young woman (Greta Scacchi) and the innocent prosecutor (Ford) who used to be her lover who is being fingered for the crime. Ford plays Sabich's grief over the loss of his lover and the paranoia that follows with quiet, »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Rewind TV: Last Tango in Halifax; Homeland; The Aristocrats: Blenheim Palace; Gadget Man; Supersized Earth – review

24 November 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A tale of teenage sweethearts reunited via Facebook 60 years later confounded expectations, while in Homeland, Carrie and Brody dabbled in a romance facing even trickier hurdles

Last Tango in Halifax (BBC1) | iPlayer

Homeland (C4) | 4oD

The Aristocrats: Blenheim Palace (C4) | 4oD

Gadget Man (C4) | 4oD

Supersized Earth (BBC1) | iPlayer

With its bathetic title and prim Yorkshire setting, Last Tango in Halifax looked like it might be a rather twee affair. No butter, so to speak, but plenty of treacle. Throw in the dramatic premise – a couple of teenage sweethearts reunited via Facebook 60 years on – and the threat of mawkish flat-vowelled gentility was of a severity not seen since Last of the Summer Wine was finally finished off.

Such low expectations were squarely confounded, however, thanks to the writer Sally Wainwright's acute ear for dialogue – she's also responsible for the excellent Scott & Bailey – and the unlikely pairing of theatrical knight »

- Andrew Anthony

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Cascadia Cup Glory Gives Portland Hope

23 October 2012 5:26 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Portland Timbers came out victorious in their quest for their third Cascadia Cup in their history on Sunday evening, an away tie to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC place was all that stood in their way. In an evenly matched battle, a 25-yard screamer into the top right-hand corner by Jack Jewsbury in the 39th minute proved to be the decisive factor. Remarkably, it was the first away win of the season for Portland and it couldn’t have come at a better time, it was also their last away tie of the entire season.

It has been a tough old slog for the loyal Timbers Army, who perhaps have the noisiest fans in the Mls, as they have had to bare witness to a record of 8-16-9 this season, placing Portland in 9th, one place above Chivas USA in the Western Conference, being part of the play-off contention »

- James Kilpatrick

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DVD Playhouse: September 2012

3 September 2012 10:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

Quadrophenia (Criterion) Franc Roddam’s 1979 film based on The Who’s classic rock opera tells the story of working class lad Jimmy (Phil Daniels) struggling to find his identity in a rapidly changing Britain, circa 1965. Jimmy is a “mod,” a youth movement dedicated to wearing snappy suits, driving Vespa motor scooters bedecked with side mirrors, popping amphetamines and obsessed with the new sound of bands like The Who and The Kinks. Their other pastime is engaging in bloody brawls with “rockers,” throwbacks to the 1950s, who listen to Elvis and Gene Vincent, wear leather biker gear, grease in their hair and drive massive motorcycles a la Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Often cited as a worthy successor to “Rebel Without a Cause” as the greatest angry youth picture ever made, it is that and more, including a first cousin to the “kitchen sink” dramas of scribes John Osborne, »

- The Hollywood

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Jeff Keen obituary

24 June 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Experimental film-maker whose Diy spirit led to a huge output of videos, poetry and art

The fiercely original film-maker, poet and artist Jeff Keen, who has died aged 88, defied categorisation. He produced a vast body of paintings, drawings, sculpture and punchy Beat poetry, but is best known for his films, which incorporated collage, animation, found footage and live action – often all in one work. Keen used highly innovative techniques of superimposition and editing, and frequently etched and degraded the film surface. Works such as Marvo Movie (1967), Rayday Film (1968-75) and Mad Love (1972-78) were shot with his friends and family either at home, on the streets of Brighton or at the local tip; their fantastical, Diy countercultural qualities evoked the spirit of Andy Warhol's Factory and the early cinema pioneers of Brighton, where Keen lived. Despite making his first film in his late 30s, he completed more than 70 films and videos throughout his life. »

- William Fowler

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