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The remarkable Mr. Champlin

19 November, 2014 (20:14) | by Sheila Benson, remembrance | By: Sheila Benson

It’s rare that you can say that one person changed the trajectory of your life, and for the better. Charles Champlin, who changed mine in every way, died on Sunday. He was 88, and at the end he had Alzheimer’s but the earlier deviltry was that in 1999, he’d developed age-related macular degeneration that left […]

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Parallax View’s Best of 2013

1 January, 2014 (11:58) | by Jay Kuehner, by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Robert Horton, by Sean Axmaker, by Sheila Benson, lists | By: Editor

Welcome 2014 with one last look back at the best releases of 2013, as seen by the contributors to Parallax View and a few notable Seattle-based film critics. Sean Axmaker 1. Her (Spike Jonze) 2. Blue is the Warmest Color / La vie d’Adèle (Abdellatif Kechiche) 3. Something in the Air / Apres Mai (Olivier […]

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Oscar shows us its boobs: MacFarlane & Co.

25 February, 2013 (23:53) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

God love Tom Shales and this Tweet last night:  “For the first time ever the Oscar show is worse than the Red Carpet crap that preceded it.” For anyone who does not regularly rejoice in the work of the  former Washington Post TV critic and Pulitzer Prize winner, he blogs here.   For fear of suddenly […]

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Oscar detritus and a mad Academy Award daydream

19 February, 2013 (16:54) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

Waded through many double-page newspaper ads lately? Checked any late-night talk shows? With Academy balloting closing today  it’s last ditch stand time for nominees, who’ve suddenly popped up on every flat surface to remind Academy voters of their existence. It’s not just the ballots… although it IS, of course. But also, all those end-of-the-year movies […]

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What’s kept ‘Argo’’s flame burning brightly

2 February, 2013 (10:24) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

I have a hunch about what’s helped keep Argo’s awards slowly, stubbornly piling up inside Hollywood: Benghazi and its seemingly interminable fallout. Argo opened one month and a day after that murderous attack. It was a month that reshaped what we knew about the realities of  “diplomacy” when, in the presence of the President and […]

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From Abraham Lincoln to Eiko Ishioka, wot a year it has been

13 January, 2013 (06:16) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

Well, here we are again, friends.  The Academy Award nominations are upon us. For voting members it opens the sluice-gates to six weeks of more “friendly” persuasion than the NRA at that Tucson gun buy-back. The rest of us can expect a deluge of guesses and pronouncements from folks not vastly smarter than we are […]

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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: Editor

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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Argo and me — the back story

23 October, 2012 (16:24) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

I started to describe why Argo struck me as brilliant and almost unendurable, all at once, but that’s silly. Just drop everything and go.  For such a full-throttle, gripping, movie-goer’s-movie, it has depths that linger — certainly at this house. I haven’t been writing for a while.  Even before the September 11th attacks in Benghazi, […]

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A Night Swung Between Two Oscars

29 February, 2012 (17:36) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

The secret of having a fine night watching the Academy Awards is having a horse in the race, and I had two: Meryl Streep, whom I couldn’t bear to see lose again, not after that performance, and Undefeated, a documentary longshot about high school football players in North Memphis,Tennessee, that didn’t stand a chance in a field that […]

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In shock over the Academy’s stats? Not so much.

22 February, 2012 (04:31) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

So, after an 8-month effort of digging, cross-referencing, and prying the news out of agents and publicists that their clients are in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles Times released its bombshell Sunday. Academy members are: 94% white 77% male 54% over 60 years old Board members, reportedly surprised by the […]

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Nobody Does It Better or Morphine Through A Drip?

14 February, 2012 (07:27) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

Before we get into BAFTA, here are a pair of presents. Looking up from the work at hand — bringing home as many Oscars as possible — a couple of studios have watched what big money PACs have wrought, and liked what they saw: money = influence.  No, no, no, this time it’s a good […]

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I Owe You This Much

8 February, 2012 (08:23) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

A few people have asked about the Margaret in Margaret, as well they might.  My apologies!   I think she was ungallantly left behind during a cut-and-paste from another version, although this may also have had something to do with it. In any case, here she is: “Margaret, whom we discover must be called Mar-gar-et to […]

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The Wonder That Is Margaret

4 February, 2012 (04:59) | by Sheila Benson, Film Reviews | By: Sheila Benson

Never, ever dismiss a grassroots movement (just ask Elizabeth Warren). Or the indignation of film critics, denied the chance to see what one of their clan has called “One of the year’s, even the decade’s, cinematic wonders.”  The result has been a flurry of petitions, blog-wails and unkind aspersions directed at Fox Seachlight, from here […]

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Losses and Gains

30 January, 2012 (18:16) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

Very mixed bag, in and around the Oscars this week.  At Park City, Utah, the Sundancers had the heaviest kind of pall thrown over their festival when one of the pioneer Indie good guys, Bingham Ray, there as always, suffered a stroke and died at a Provo hospice at 57. During its too-short life span, […]

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Notes From the Bottom of Every Office Pool

25 January, 2012 (11:09) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

Let’s pick through this year’s full-on melodrama at the Academy Award nominations and see what seems to stand out.  Is this deep, inside stuff you can take to the betting window or the office pool?  Good heavens no. I’m habitually awful at that game.  This is a bemused look around by someone a little off […]

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