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Parallax View’s Best of 2012

31 December, 2012 (12:12) | by Bruce Reid, by David Coursen, by John Hartl, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, by Sheila Benson, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

Welcome 2013 with one last look back at the best releases of 2011, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View and a few notable Seattle-based film critics. Sean Axmaker 1. Holy Motors 2. Zero Dark Thirty 3. Moonrise Kingdom 4. Margaret (2011 in NY and LA, didn’t screen elsewhere until 2012) 5. Cosmopolis 6. […]

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Parallax View’s Best of 2011

1 January, 2012 (14:35) | by Andrew Wright, by John Hartl, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Sean Axmaker, lists | By: admin

Welcome 2012 with one last look back at the best releases of 2011, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View. Critics listed in reverse alphabetical order Andrew Wright (as posted at Salt Lake Weekly) 1. Melancholia 2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes 3. Cave of Forgotten Dreams 4. 13 Assassins 5. Drive […]

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The Egyptian (1954)

25 July, 2011 (04:00) | Blu-ray, by John Hartl, DVD, Faith and Religion, Film Reviews | By: John Hartl

The Egyptian (Twilight Time) Several years ago, the Seattle International Film Festival asked local critics to choose and present a favorite “guilty pleasure.” One chose the divinely silly Susan Slade, while another went for the historical comedy, Start the Revolution Without Me. My pick was The Egyptian, Darryl F. Zanuck’s lush 1954 adaptation of Mika […]

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‘Shrinking Man’ reputation grows

27 June, 2011 (09:56) | by John Hartl, Commentary, Essays, Science Fiction | By: John Hartl

It’s always gratifying when a favorite film is discovered—or rediscovered in a way that creates a fresh perspective . Such is the case with 1957’s The Incredible Shrinking Man, which was enthusiastically received in its time but continues to grow in stature. Last year, it joined the National Film Registry of significant American films. In […]

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Parallax View’s Best of 2010

1 January, 2011 (05:20) | by Andrew Wright, by David Coursen, by Jay Kuehner, by John Hartl, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, Editor, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

Welcome 2011 with one last look back at the best releases of 2010, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View. Sean Axmaker 1. Carlos 2. Let Me In 3. The Social Network 4. White Material 5. Winter’s Bone 6. The Ghost Writer 7. Wild Grass 8. Eccentricities Of A Blond Haired Girl 9. Sweetgrass […]

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One last list of lists for 2009 – The Year in Cinema

30 January, 2010 (18:55) | by Andrew Wright, by Greg Way, by John Hartl, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

Squeezing in just before the Oscar nominations are announced, here are a few final lists and remarks from Parallax View contributors and friends, along with those published by Seattle top critics, as a snapshot of the way we see 2009.

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“The Robe” introduced a new Scope

15 March, 2009 (12:01) | by John Hartl, DVD, Essays, Technology | By: John Hartl

Whatever you think of the biblical blockbuster, The Robe, there’s no question that its phenomenal popularity marked a turning point in movie history. Twentieth Century-Fox, which previously treated it rather shabbily on DVD, tape and laser disc, is finally recognizing its significance with a Blu-ray Special Edition that’s loaded with extra features. Among them: a […]

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Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy and its Screen Incarnations

14 February, 2009 (00:08) | by John Hartl, DVD, Essays | By: John Hartl

Whenever I’m asked to name my favorite tearjerker, I answer Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy – and its mostly faithful offspring. In all of its screen incarnations, it’s an epic tale of thwarted romance that unfolds over a period of several years. If the original six-hour French-language trilogy—Marius (1931), Fanny (1932) and Cesar (1936)—sounds unfamiliar, you […]

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The last list of Lists for 2008 – The Year in Cinema

25 January, 2009 (12:58) | by Andrew Wright, by John Hartl, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert C. Cumbow, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, Commentary, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

The reading of the Oscar nominations marks the unofficial (and long overdue) end to the season of Top Ten lists and year-in-review pieces and various awards bestowed by every group who wants to add their stamp to the passports of Oscar hopefuls. So as a postscript, I gather a few lists and remarks from Parallax […]

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