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EYE OPENERS: VIDEO ESSAY: Mickey Rourke: Highs & Lows

The video essay above, by Jason Bellamy, is a tribute to Mickey Rourke, in honor of his 60th birthday, which is today.
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  • September 16, 2012 3:46 PM
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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE is not unsophisticated. You are.

"From Russia With Love" was released almost 50 years ago.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 14, 2012 10:49 AM
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The Technology, the Art, and the Ethics of Watching: Talking With Brian De Palma at Toronto

"I suffer from the fact that people have so many preconceptions about the kinds of movies I make," Brian De Palma lamented, "that they don't really look at what's on the screen."
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 13, 2012 9:46 AM
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In David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS, the language can't keep up.

David Cronenberg’s movie version of Don DeLillo’s "Cosmopolis," a black comedy about a financier whose life is falling apart, is a snapshot of Western civilization in existential panic.
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • September 12, 2012 10:30 AM
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EYE OPENERS: Peter Labuza's THE CINEPHILIACS, A New Podcast

“I’d like to think while I’m watching a film, I try and approach it on its own terms. I think to myself, ‘What is the review this movie wants? And what is the review this movie is going to get?’ But really it’s about asking, what is the ideal version of this movie? What is it trying to be and to what extent does it get there?”
  • By Peter Labuza
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  • September 10, 2012 10:51 AM
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VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Brian De Palma's PASSION

If it weren’t for 2007’s "Redacted," "Passion" would be a neat, coherent follow-up to both "Femme Fatale" and "The Black Dahlia" in Brian De Palma’s filmography, in addition to being a rehashing of many of the director’s themes and trademarks.
  • By Tommaso Tocci
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  • September 7, 2012 11:58 AM
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The Venice International Film Festival reviews are in. Viva Italia!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Writer Tommaso Tocci is covering the Venice International Film Festival for Press Play this year and so we have created this landing page which collects all of those links together. Here they are.
  • By Tommaso Tocci
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  • September 7, 2012 10:36 AM
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VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

The title of Robert Redford’s "The Company You Keep," adapted from Neil Gordon‘s 2003 novel of the same name, echoes the title and sentiment of Sarah Polley’s excellent documentary "Stories We Tell," also shown here in Venice a few days ago.
  • By Tommaso Tocci
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  • September 6, 2012 12:09 PM
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Raised in Fear: PHANTASM and the Uses of Enchantment

For many filmgoers, seeing their first horror movie is a rite of passage: mine came at the tender age of six, on our first family visit to the drive-in to see "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" (1973).
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • September 6, 2012 8:45 AM
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VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS

I haven’t seen a longer queue for a Venice press screening this year than the one for Harmony Korine’s "Spring Breakers," which premieres today in Competition.
  • By Tommaso Tocci
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  • September 5, 2012 9:25 AM
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