Archive for March, 2010


OFG Screens “Aurora Borealis” on 4/5 on SUNY Oswego Campus

31 March 2010

The film group will screen the 2005 feature Aurora Borealis on Monday, April 5, at 7 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium (118), on the SUNY Oswego campus. A discussion will follow the screening (which is free and open to the public). The film is rated R and runs 91 minutes.

The film stars Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis, and Louise Fletcher. Set in Minneapolis-St Paul, Jackson’s character is treading water—hanging out with his buddies and maintaining a decidedly spotty work record. This drift in his day-to-day routine changes as he becomes more involved in the lives of his grandparents (Sutherland and Fletcher)—and with his grandfather’s home care provider (Lewis).

James Burke’s appealing coming-of-age film…this Nick Hornby-esque fable of a guy trying to outgrow his extended adolescence,…, will win you over on its own terms if you give it half a chance…. I can’t explain why Lewis never became a major movie star, but if this wonderful performance is anything to go by, I suspect she’s just too funny and smart for the racket. (Andrew O’Hehir, Salon)


Trailer for Every Academy Award Movie Ever

29 March 2010

Added: BriTANic’s video on of Trailer for Every Academy Award Movie Ever (via Slant)

(Note: clip includes some juvenile name-calling)



Link Added for Syracuse Cinephile Society & Cinefest

23 March 2010

The 30th Cinefest will be held Thursday (3/25) through Sunday (3/28).

For a detailed history of the Cinephile Society and Cinefest, their annual celebration of movies, from the classic to the obscure, see this link to Bill DeLapp’s cover story in the Syracuse New Times (March 17-24, 2010). You’ll also find a comprehensive run-down of the scheduled screenings and other activities.


See also the Cinephile website link we’ve added.

"Winged Victory" Screens Saturday at Cinefest


Director Screens “Poetry of Resilience” 3/23

23 March 2010

Poetry of Resilience is a feature-length documentary by Academy Award® nominated director Katja Esson about survivors who endured war, genocide and political persecution and turned to poetry to help them survive. From Rwanda, Japan, China, Iran, Poland and Iraqi Kurdistan and into exile in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, the film follows six stories of survival, six poets and one shared question: How strong is the human spirit? (from the film’s website,

Director Katja Esson will screen her film and discuss it on Tuesday evening (3/23) starting at 7:30 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium at SUNY Oswego.


“The Cove” Crew Strikes Again…

22 March 2010

The Cove activists were instrumental, through a sting operation, in uncovering what a California high-end sushi restaurant, The Hump, was really selling. The Hump, not surprisingly, is  now closed. What may not have been expected: the owner is repentant.

A sushi restaurant called the Hump that federal prosecutors found was surreptitiously serving whale meat has closed its doors, and its owner has posted a remarkable mea culpa on its Web site.“Closing the restaurant is a self-imposed punishment on top of the fine that will be meted out by the court,” the statement reads. “The owner of the Hump also will be taking additional action to save endangered species.”

This month, armed with tiny video cameras and microphones, the team behind “The Cove,” the Oscar-winning documentary film about dolphin hunting, created its own undercover operation at the Hump, at the Santa Monica airport. The group bagged up samples of tender meat served in a costly omakase — or chef’s choice dinner — and sent them to a scientist in Oregon, who determined the meat to be Sei whale, an endangered species.

The filmmakers took their findings to federal law enforcement officials, who brought charges against the restaurant and its chef for selling marine mammals, a misdemeanor that could carry up to a year in prison and a $200,000 fine. The charges were not contested….

… posted on the restaurant’s Web site was a lengthy statement that said, in part, ‘The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species.’ ….

Sei whales, found worldwide, are endangered but are sometimes hunted in the North Pacific under a controversial Japanese scientific program. It is highly unusual for a restaurant to serve the meat in the United States. (from The New York Times, 3/21/10)


Stop Me If You’ve Seen This One Before…

20 March 2010

…but I just caught the unique stylings of Quentin Tarantino’s clapper. It’s from a DVD extra on Inglorious Basterds.

…Italian clapboard operator Geraldine Brezca who does hilarious, foul-mouthed, and wonderfully sharp scene calls just before clapping for “action.” Typically when a scene number is called the clapboard operator will follow the English alphabet, and each film set will have their own variation such as using names in alphabetic order, or the International Radio Operator Alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.). Not Brezca, “the Clapper Loader and Tarantino’s Camera Angel.” She’s been working with Tarantino over the course of several films and has her own style — which as you’ll see, tends to either shock or compel the actors, or both. (from Laughing Squid)

Clip is NSFW (not safe for work): language advisory.


The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir

12 March 2010

Beautifully done. This is from the J-Walk Blog (via my gateway, The Daily Dish). It’s set to Massive Attack’s “Angel”. Enjoy: