Roizman Trashes Freidkin’s New Blu FRENCH CONNECTION Transfer


Renowned cinematographer Owen Roizman (THE EXORCIST; THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE; NETWORK) has openly called director William Friedkin’s new Blu-ray transfer of the Roizman-shot THE FRENCH CONNECTION “atroscious”, “emasculated” and “horrifying.” According to Roizman: “Billy [Friedkin] for some reason decided to do this on his own. I wasn’t consulted. I was appalled byContinue reading “Roizman Trashes Freidkin’s New Blu FRENCH CONNECTION Transfer”

Obama Has DEA Halt Raids on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries


Medical marijuana dispensaries are legal in the state of California. However, in George Bush’s America, the Federal Government overrode the state so the Feds continued to conduct regular raids on these dispensaries, arresting the folks who ran them and the patients who frequented them. But that has finally come to an end as Attorney GeneralContinue reading “Obama Has DEA Halt Raids on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries”

Discovering The Grateful Dead. Why Now? Why Then?


The Grateful Dead lasted 30 years. The remaining members continue to play both together and separately, but the music has never managed to reach the same heights it attained before the passing of lead guitarist and singer, Jerry Garcia. Garcia’s heart, his very soul, was seamlessly integrated into the fibers of the music. He infusedContinue reading “Discovering The Grateful Dead. Why Now? Why Then?”

This Is What A President Is


How wide is the gap between our last president and our current. That is not a question, but a statement. Listening to Obama address Congress and the nation this evening was another fresh and welcome reminder that the man who ran for office is the same man we elected. That much of what is usuallyContinue reading “This Is What A President Is”

Indy Spirit Award Winners


BEST FEATURE “The Wrestler” BEST DIRECTOR Tom McCarthy, “The Visitor” BEST FIRST FEATURE “Synecdoche, New York” JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD  “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” BEST FEMALE LEAD Melissa Leo, “Frozen River” BEST MALE LEAD Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” BEST SUPPORTINGContinue reading “Indy Spirit Award Winners”

Obama, Rahm And The Stimulus Outreach


Not everyone is thrilled with President Obama’s insistence that reaching across the isle to Republicans is of the utmost importance. I, however, believe it is crucial. It is one of the reasons (the many reasons) I voted for Mr. Obama. And I have no love for Republicans as a whole. Particularly those who still believeContinue reading “Obama, Rahm And The Stimulus Outreach”

MUST-SEE FILMS Part 2


Here we go again… Five friends and I decided to put together a quick list of what we personally considered “Must-See Films.” There have been other film lists passed around the internet, but we felt they were often such contemporary, mainstream lists of films that they, well, quite simply didn’t do justice to the artContinue reading “MUST-SEE FILMS Part 2”

MUST-SEE FILMS Part 1


Five friends and I decided to put together a quick list of what we personally considered “Must-See Films.” There have been other film lists passed around the internet, but we felt they were often such contemporary, mainstream lists of films that they, well, quite simply didn’t do justice to the art and entertainment of cinema.Continue reading “MUST-SEE FILMS Part 1”

Danny Strong Wins Writers Guild Award For RECOUNT!!


Finally, actor/writer Danny Strong is not just nominated, but awarded a statuette for his incredible work on the HBO produced movie RECOUNT. Both a writer and producer on the project, Strong sold the pitch, researched for months and wrote what was one of the more engaging and important scripts of the year. RECOUNT chronicles theContinue reading “Danny Strong Wins Writers Guild Award For RECOUNT!!”