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Garfield vs. Hollywood

Friday, February 27, 2004

Six years ago, fresh from yet another disappointing visit to his local Blockbuster, Bob decided to take matters into his own hands. Armed with little more than an original treatment for a serious film set in the former Yugoslavia, Bob flew west. Here is the story of his mission to ...

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Twisted Trails

Friday, February 27, 2004

Many have had the experience of going to see a movie that doesn't live up to the trailer created to sell it. By condensing a film so extremely and setting its highlights to music, trailers exaggerate a movie's drama, humor, and overall quality. But a recent contest invited editors to ...

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War Film in Peace Time

Friday, February 13, 2004

In late December, one of India's top filmmakers premiered his latest offering - "Line of Control." The four-and-a-half hour saga focuses on a 1999 conflict that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war, and gives the events a decidedly pro-Indian spin. But as deep-rooted tensions between the two ...

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Sundance Kids

Friday, January 16, 2004

For those of us who don't make it out to Park City every January, the Sundance Festival is represented by the most popular films that emerge from its screens. But in the time between the lights coming up and going back down again, the attendees themselves get down to the ...

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Independently Wealthy

Friday, January 16, 2004

Nineteen years after Robert Redford first staged his independent film festival in the mountains of Utah, the Sundance Festival is now a household name. The event has ushered many independent movies into theaters nationwide, and catapulted their makers to fame and fortune. But has Sundance's glitzy success obscured the event's ...

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Those Were Modern Times

Friday, December 19, 2003

Before the talkies, there was Charlie. And despite the enormous technical innovations in cinema over the past century, Chaplin is hardly forgotten. This summer, fans were able to get their hands on digitally re-mastered versions of several Chaplin favorites, and more re-releases are just around the corner. The resurgence of ...

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Mom & Dad

Friday, November 28, 2003

If you grew up in small-town America during the forties or fifties, there's a good chance that your first exposure to cinematic taboo came in the guise of the sex-hygiene film. And most exploitation aficionados will agree that "Mom & Dad" was the king of the genre. Exploitation historian Joe ...

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Fallen Journos

Friday, November 21, 2003

Journalists in Baghdad received a blast from the past this week when guerillas fired rockets at the Palestine Hotel. Just over seven months ago, the same hotel had been fired on by an American tank during the siege of Baghdad. Two journalists were killed in that first attack, and they ...

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CineMad in Mexico

Friday, November 21, 2003

A budget battle is underway in Mexico that could have grave consequences for the nation's burgeoning film industry. If approved, the President's proposal would gut the industry's state-subsidies, which culture watchers say are the country's last defense against the Hollywood juggernaut. And the increasingly deafening outcry has put the President ...

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Who Wants In?

Friday, November 21, 2003

Lining up big donors for not-so-big movies has always proved a challenge for independent filmmakers. So Ethan Hawke is forgetting about those donors altogether, and taking his new movie straight to the people. This week, shares for Hawke's latest project, "Billy Dead," went on the Internet auction block in what ...

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Insurgency in Algiers…and Baghdad

Friday, November 14, 2003

Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by occupying armies fighting hostile insurgents is that the guerrillas never fight them on their own terms. So how to prepare war planners for these sorts of conflicts? How about taking them to the movies? A few months ago, Pentagon officials were invited to a ...

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Cinema’s Dead

Friday, October 31, 2003

Zombies have tromped around the big screen throughout cinema history. OTM’s senior producer Arun Rath, probes the broader significance of the walking dead genre, why it has packed the house for decades, and what zombies say about the rest of us. Eeek!

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Terror in Moscow

Friday, October 24, 2003

A year ago this week, armed Chechen separatists stormed into a packed Moscow theater, leading to a 57-hour standoff with Russian troops outside. The tragic end of the siege was broadcast around the world, as Russian troops overtook the Chechens with a powerful anesthetic gas, killing 129 hostages in the ...

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Veronica Guerin

Friday, October 17, 2003

This week the movie "Veronica Guerin" hits theaters across the country. It's the story of an Irish reporter who, through assiduous reporting and extraordinary courage, tracked down and exposed the drug lords who were turning Dublin into a war zone in the mid 1990s. But veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney ...

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Commercial Programming

Friday, August 08, 2003

In yet another attempt to hold the attention of the flitting remote-controllers, NBC is inserting original programming into its commercial breaks this fall. The "mini-movies" will be chopped into 30-second halves that will air at separate times throughout the night. Paris Barclay co-produced the shorts, and joins Bob to discuss ...

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Versions of the Holocaust

Friday, April 25, 2003

Twenty-five years ago this month, a ground-breaking mini-series about the Holocaust was broadcast on network television. Since then, numerous movies have been made about the Holocaust, but their treatments of the subject have varied widely. WNYC's Sara Fishko traces the evolution of the Holocaust film over the past quarter-century.

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Reel Myths

Friday, April 11, 2003

At the same time that events on the battlefields of WWII were being documented by newspapers and radio, Hollywood was re-framing the wartime sentiments of the homefront. In his recent memoir - "Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip"- film critic Richard Schickel examines the myths that wartime America built for ...

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Building Bridges to Baghdad

Friday, April 04, 2003

Two weeks before bombs started falling on Baghdad, documentary filmmaker Jon Alpert recorded a real-time conversation between a group of young Americans and their peers in Iraq. The result was "Bridge to Baghdad," a rare glimpse into the lives of regular Iraqis. Bob talks with Alpert about the production, and ...

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Welcome to North Korea

Friday, March 14, 2003

When a couple of Dutch filmmakers set out to make a documentary about North Korea, they were able to gain access to the country only by posing as part of a scientific delegation eager to see the glories of Pyongyang. The trip footage these "tourists" brought back reveals little about ...

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Godzilla Lives

Friday, February 28, 2003

Nearly five decades since he first stomped across the silver screen, the rampaging reptile is still going strong. This winter, to the delight of a select number of film enthusiasts, the 26th Godzilla movie opened in Tokyo. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports on the remarkable persistence of the Godzilla franchise.

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