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That Was 2019

The highlights of what I took in and put out

~ 19 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2019

~ 3 minute read

Slayer with Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals

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The Misfits with Rancid and The Damned

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Lake Mungo

~ 1 minute read

2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival

21 countries, 76 shorts, 5 features, 48 hours

~ 23 minute read

Behind the Curve

~ 1 minute read

Rebelmatic with The 1865, Maafa, and None Above All

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Black Midi with PC Worship and Norman Westberg

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Phish

~ 9 minute read

Uranium Club with Nandas and Pinocchio

~ 1 minute read

Björk’s Cornucopia

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Reich Richter Pärt

~ 1 minute read

Colleen Green with DeGreaser

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Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

~ 1 minute read

Mike Doughty with Wheatus

~ 1 minute read

That Was 2018

The highlights of what I took in and put out

~ 20 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2018

~ 6 minute read

2018 Ottawa International Animation Festival

~ 8 minute read

Hereditary

~ 2 minute read

A Quiet Place

~ 1 minute read

The Fountainhead

~ 1 minute read

That Was 2017

The highlights of what I took in and put out.

~ 20 minute read

I, Tonya

~ 1 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2017

~ 15 minute read

Call Me by Your Name

~ 1 minute read

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

~ 2 minute read

The Disaster Artist

~ 2 minute read

The Florida Project

~ 1 minute read

Loving Vincent

~ 2 minute read

Canoa: A Shameful Memory

~ 1 minute read

Frankenstein’s Army

~ 1 minute read

10 Cloverfield Lane

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It (1990)

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78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

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Mother!

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Super Dark Times

~ 1 minute read

2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival

21 countries, 67 shorts, 3 features, 48 hours.

~ 26 minute read

The Evil Within

~ 1 minute read

Hounds of Love

~ 1 minute read

In a Lonely Place

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Kubo and the Two Strings

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Graffiti Bridge

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Author: The JT LeRoy Story

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Rashomon

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Arrival

~ 1 minute read

Gates of Heaven

~ 1 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2016

~ 9 minute read

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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I Saw the Devil

~ 1 minute read

The Visit

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Under the Shadow

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Bloody Birthday

~ 1 minute read

Don’t Breathe

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Snowden

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River’s Edge

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Inequality for All

~ 1 minute read

Terminator Genisys

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Fantastic Lies

~ 1 minute read

Midnight Special

~ 1 minute read

The Witch

~ 2 minute read

The Look of Silence

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The Witch

~ 1 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2015

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

~ 1 minute read

Rdio Reviews, Vol. 4

~ 2 minute read

Nightcrawler

~ 1 minute read

The Damned

~ 1 minute read

It Follows

~ 1 minute read

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

~ 1 minute read

The Trip to Italy

~ 1 minute read

Best Films of 2014

~ 1 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2014

~ 3 minute read

Whiplash

~ 2 minute read

Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats

~ 1 minute read

Society

~ 1 minute read

Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

~ 1 minute read

Black Sabbath

~ 1 minute read

The Mist

~ 1 minute read

Rdio Reviews, Vol. 3

~ 3 minute read

Muscle Shoals

~ 1 minute read

Breadcrumb Trail

~ 1 minute read

Stripped

~ 1 minute read

Narco Cultura

~ 2 minute read

House of Cards, Season 2

~ 2 minute read

Mud

~ 1 minute read

20 Feet from Stardom

~ 1 minute read

Veronica Mars

~ 2 minute read

Thelma & Louise

~ 1 minute read

The Price of Gold

~ 1 minute read

The Act of Killing

~ 2 minute read

The Lego Movie

~ 1 minute read

Elena

~ 1 minute read

In the House

~ 1 minute read

12 O’Clock Boys

~ 1 minute read

The Wolf of Wall Street

~ 1 minute read

Her

~ 1 minute read

Letterboxd Loose Ends 2013

~ 1 minute read

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

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Rdio Reviews, Vol. 2

~ 3 minute read

The Sapphires

~ 1 minute read

House of Cards, Season 1

~ 2 minute read

Compliance

~ 2 minute read

A Dead Kennedys Primer

A playlist and introduction to the legendary Bay Area punk band.

~ 8 minute read

Best Films of 2012

~ 2 minute read

Paranormal Activity 3

~ 3 minute read

The Innkeepers

~ 2 minute read

Not of These Earths

~ 8 minute read

Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

~ 1 minute read

Rdio Reviews, Vol. 1

~ 10 minute read

Sleepwalk with Me

~ 1 minute read

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

~ 1 minute read

Hit So Hard

~ 1 minute read

Moonrise Kingdom

~ 1 minute read

US Air Guitar 2012: Washington, DC

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US Air Guitar 2012: New York City

~ 2 minute read

US Air Guitar 2012: Boston

~ 2 minute read

Once Upon a Time in America

~ 1 minute read

Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

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The Fly

~ 1 minute read

The Statue of Liberty

~ 1 minute read

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

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Just Like Being There

~ 1 minute read

Refused Are Fucking Dead

~ 1 minute read

Bobby Fischer Against the World

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Life During Wartime

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Bill Cunningham New York

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Rambo: First Blood Part II

~ 1 minute read

The Myth of the American Sleepover

~ 1 minute read

The Undefeated

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The Trip

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Red State

~ 1 minute read

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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The Crazies

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The Others

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Hostel Part II

~ 1 minute read

Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories

~ 1 minute read

Judas Priest Brings All of British Steel Live Album to Rock Band

~ 2 minute read

Rust in Peace: Thoughts from a Super Fan

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Saw VI

~ 2 minute read

Song of the Thin Man

~ 1 minute read

Watchmen

~ 1 minute read

D.O.A.

~ 1 minute read

Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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The Corner

~ 1 minute read

Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale

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Watchmen

~ 1 minute read

The Book of Other People

~ 1 minute read

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

~ 1 minute read

How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom

~ 1 minute read

Here and Now

~ 2 minute read

The Ten Commandments of Typography / Type Heresy: Breaking the Ten Commandments of Typography

~ 1 minute read

Titonic

~ 3 minute read

Looking Down My Nose Into the Mirror

~ 1 minute read

Candykiller

~ 1 minute read

Mint: A Stats Odyssey

~ 3 minute read

Hollowed-Out Human Head

~ 2 minute read

The Immortal Gutenberg

~ 1 minute read

It Ain’t Broke, But I’ll Fix It

~ 2 minute read

Into the Maze of Darkness!

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Revenge of the Sith

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A Musical Baton

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The Kids Are All Right

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The New Wave of British Heavy Metal survives in Philadelphia, thanks to the majesty of Wastoid, whose performance Saturday night...

~ 1 minute read

The Philadelphia Film Festival ended a couple of weeks ago, and as it turned out, about 4 of the 8...

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The 13th Philadelphia Film Festival began on Thursday and I’ve managed to fit 8 screenings into my schedule this year,...

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Spaceboy Music got the new Tortoise album, It’s All Around You, nearly two weeks ahead of its release date, so...

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BREDSTIK Entertainment made its second foray into frenetic weekend filmmaking, this time for the 48 Hour Film Project, on the...

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I’m not often interested in shows that could conceivably sell out in less than five minutes after tickets have been...

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Okay, here’s a pretty charming concept: You’re a musician who combs estate sales for the personal slide collections of the...

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Philadelphia is in the eye of a winter storm today; the snow and ice already coating the ground will soon...

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Over the last couple of months, this site has offered its visitors little respite from boredom. I’ll make no apologies...

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You know, neither my physique nor my personality suggests a similarity to any hibernating animal that I can think of,...

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I emerge from over three weeks of silence to tell you about The Darkness. If you’re like everyone else on...

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Since Pittsburgh is the other big city in Pennsylvania, and I had never been there, I decided to check it...

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I remain too distracted to produce contemplative opuses detailing my recent experiences, so here is some brusque vagueness about my...

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I pedaled to the Khyber last night to see Stars, my second blind date in as many nights with a...

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I hadn’t heard Broken Social Scene before tonight. Having recently been informed that the band is comprised, in part, of...

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Kevin Cornell recently launched Bearskinrug version 4; it is as delicious as might be expected. Lots of shows lately: The...

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I have been very fortunate (except perhaps in the case of Thirteen) to have so many free movie opportunities lately....

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I learned so much tonight! Were you aware that adolescence is difficult, and that teenagers sometimes abuse drugs and alcohol?...

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Mine is now the supreme pleasure of having viewed the Japanese cult hit Battle Royale. The premise goes like this:...

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Massive Attack and Mondays don’t mix. My eyelids weren’t giving gravity much of a fight this afternoon. Last week’s lucky...

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After redeeming my pass to a sneak preview of Dirty Pretty Things, I somehow stumbled into the wrong theater; when...

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My friends and fellow Kutztown alumni in the Table Collective opened a small exhibition with a variety of work in...

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I was going to begin this long-overdue post with a verbose description of the difficulties of keeping a weblog like...

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I ventured out to the Friendship House last night, a cool space in North Philly previously unknown to me. DAT...

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My roommates and I have found a rather nice apartment in South Philadelphia. We signed the lease on Friday. We...

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I did a stupid thing Monday night: I forgot to bring my camera when I went to see I Am...

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It was a beautiful day for a drive to Doylestown yesterday, where an “Independent Double Feature” screened at the County...

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Last night was the sixth installment of R5’s “In the Sanctuary Concert Series,” featuring Essex Green, Aereogramme and The Delgados...

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If you read Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None: Hollywood fed it through the Shyamalan and Craven machines and...

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So a bunch of stuff happened in the last week. Puppetmania on Monday turned out to be the best of...

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More film fest stuff this weekend. I caught a little bit of the Lost Film Fest 8.0 on Friday, including...

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Congratulations to my cousin Bill and his wife Tara, who, around 3:00 on Friday afternoon, gave birth to my tiny...

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Two shows, seven bands at the Church this week. Sentence fragments ahead. Sunday Dysrhythmia: My favorite Philadelphia band; missed the...

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I saw Lost in La Mancha last night, a documentary account of visionary filmmaker Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated first stab at...

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Lightning Bolt’s Wonderful Rainbow refuses to detach itself from my playlist, and has come dangerously close to bullying the rest...

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Interpol and The Raveonettes played the Troc last night. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the feedback-drenched Raveonettes, who sounded...

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I waited in line for an hour last night in 20º weather to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the first...

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Busy, busy week. We have updated the BREDSTIK site for the first time in almost a year, with Flash goodies...

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Peter and I took a trip up to New York yesterday. The early afternoon was occupied by sifting through galleries...

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The Relapse Contamination Festival took over the Troc for the weekend and what a wicked weekend it was. To avoid...

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Sonata for the Unaware, the new k10k issue by carbonatedjazz, is the best issue I’ve seen in a long time....

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I guess it’s been pretty quiet around here. In the last month: I braved the Philadelphia blizzard fallout to get...

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I avoided seeing The Piano Teacher when it was in theaters in the States last spring because I didn’t want...

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Okay, Tolkien by himself (or even filtered through the eyes of demigod Peter Jackson) generally bores me, but somehow the...

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I really have to start trusting my instincts. Hell, even trusting the evidence of my senses would have sufficed in...

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Halloween was fun. The afternoon was begun with a matinee of P.T. Anderson’s pitch-perfect Punch-Drunk Love, and rounded out by...

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Happy Birthday, Dad! Lethargy month is drawing to a close. I’ve been out and about for the usual films and...

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I’ve been back from Ottawa for nearly a week now and the annoying cold I contracted while I was there...

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I’ll be in Ontario for the next five days at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Some brief scattered comments before...

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I caught a free sneak preview of Das Experiment last night. It stars Moritz Bleibtreu of Run Lola Run fame...

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Apparently a 2-disc Faith No More tribute album called Tribute of the Year: A Tribute to Faith No More was...

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There was much rocking this week. Saturday night was Andrew W.K. in Jersey, at this weird sprawling complex filled with...

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Oh man, this Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights album is soooo good; I cannot stop listening to it. Spacey,...

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During a relaxing and uneventful four days in Ocean City, MD, I couldn’t say no to “The Metal Issue” of...

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After having been informed that an MP3 from the forthcoming Dillinger Escape Plan / Mike Patton collaboration is now online,...

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I drove 100 miles last night to see Andrew W.K. play in Towson, MD (near Baltimore). I found out about...

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At long last, “The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season” DVD set arrived yesterday. As with the first season set, the...

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M. Night Shyamalan is smart. He knows people don’t want to see a movie about Mel Gibson struggling with his...

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This month’s Exhumed Films event (which was last night) featured two films from Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, the director/producer...

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Mary and I were all set to go see Tuatara last night before we discovered that they cancelled the show...

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Friday night was a rewarding but ultimately forgettable show at the Troc with The Shins, Beachwood Sparks, and some horrible...

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Ah, the Khyber. I hadn’t been there in awhile. Tonight’s crowd was just the size I like: the audience was...

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I was very pleased today to discover that the lineup on the new Skeleton Key album Obtainium is identical to...

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Great show last night at the Balcony. Thoughtstreams kicked off the show around 10:00. I’d heard of them before (mostly...

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Just got back from a weekend in New York, primarily for two nights’ worth of sold out shows at North...

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The bad news: Tuesday’s Mogwai show in Brooklyn sold out before I could get tickets. Although I bet if I...

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I finally saw Miller’s Crossing this weekend; it was the last of the Coen brothers’ films I hadn’t seen. It...

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It’s a three movie week. Spiderman was pretty fun; it’s rare these days for a movie to have an acceptable...

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Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer’s fantastic Conspirators of Pleasure screened tonight at the International House. This is the first Švankmajer feature...

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I hadn’t been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a year or so, so I went on Saturday. Primary...

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Yesterday I escaped the unseasonable sweltering heat for a couple hours with a visit to the Philadelphia ICA. The Photogenic...

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My generous hosts and I got back a couple hours ago from seeing a gorgeous digitally remastered 70mm print of...

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