Monthly Archives: December 2009

Movie Lengths In History

(Author’s note: This piece was originally a four part essay that has been joined together here as one)

It’s generally accepted that since the advent of motion pictures, movies have gotten longer the further we’ve gotten away from the first motion picture. However, pinpointing the exact reason for the increase may be impossible, probably because there is no one cause. Still, while it might be impossible to pinpoint exactly why, I’ve been curious to know just how the ‘auteur theory’of filmmaking might have played into the ballooning of run times, specifically, does the more revered a director becomes, either critically or financially, result in longer films? Continue reading

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Into the Wild – Movie v. Film

 

Into the Wild, dir. by Sean Penn, based upon the novel of the same name by Jon Krakauer

I recently watched Into The Wild, a film I’d purposely avoided during its initial theatrical run.  While it had gotten plenty of acclaim at the time, and at least the Golden Globes enjoyed it, the truth is that most of the other films Penn directed left me cold so I simply avoided it.  Plus, it had music by Eddie Vedder, who was profound when I was 16, but not nearly as interesting at 33.  Still, I remained curious and when I finally saw it in one of those Red Box machines I thought I’d take a flier and if the movie was terrible, at least I’d only spent a buck on it. Continue reading

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Under The Dome, By Stephen King – Review

For many, Stephen King is simply a writer that they read once or twice a year, on the same level that they read Grisham novels, or Clancy novels, or whatever.  But for me, Stephen King goes beyond simply being an author author whose work I appreciate. Rather, he’s something like a close family relation, in a way, because his books have sort of formed a through-line for much of my life and anything I write about him should start with two stories. Continue reading

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