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Movie Logos I Love

28 November 2012 5:35 PM, PST

If you’ve seen Skyfall, you’ve witnessed the wrong-headed update of the venerable MGM logo, zooming out from the iris of Leo the Lion’s eye! Apparently no one reminded the powers that be that “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” That’s why I was happy to receive the Criterion Collection’s set of Gainsborough Pictures DVDs, in one of its no-frills Eclipse editions, not only because I like those 1940s films (The Man in Grey, Madonna of the Seven Moons, The Wicked Lady) but because I love their logo! It isn’t one of the more famous movie trademarks, but it’s certainly one of the most distinctive, with a gracious...

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Movie Posters—Out Of The Closet

26 November 2012 10:00 PM, PST

Friends have asked why my wife and I are auctioning a number of rare posters and lobby cards with Heritage Auctions later this week. Answer: we’re trying to simplify our lives. We haven’t taken anything off the walls that we live with every day and enjoy; there’s just too much “stuff” stashed in cabinets and closets. Much of that stuff isn’t so much a collection as an accumulation. I purchased my first movie still at the age of 12; it cost just 25 cents, and launched a lifelong obsession with 8x10 stills. Had I bought posters instead, I could probably retire quite comfortably, but somehow they didn’t hold the same allure to my youthful self. I...

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The Central Park Five

25 November 2012 10:00 PM, PST

In the wake of his magnificent PBS documentary The Dust Bowl, Ken Burns has a new film opening in theaters that couldn’t be more different yet also explores a dark chapter in recent American history. The Central Park Five is based on a book by the filmmaker’s daughter Sarah Burns, and was made in collaboration with her and David McMahon. It tells the story of a crime that shocked New York (and the nation) in 1989, when a female jogger was raped and brutalized one night in Central Park…and how the police department, and city prosecutors, railroaded five teenage boys who had nothing to do with the incident. Four of the five boys—now grown men—are...

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