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Hollywood Heads to the Capital Region: Ten Movies Filmed in the Capital Region

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Ten Movies Filmed in Albany & the Capital Region Classics Old and New Filmed in the Area over the Years The Capital Region has always been a favorable backdrop for Hollywood. We’ve been used for our forests, long stretches of road for chase scenes, and prominent architecture for schools and official buildings. From classics to [...]

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The Definition of Excellence: Charles Napier (1936-2011)

Charles Napier in Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (Russ Meyer, 1970)
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The Definition of Excellence: Charles Napier, 1936-2011 Remembering One of Our Greatest Character Actors Some character actors have a distinctive presence, or a face we’ve seen a million times, where we immediately recognize them without knowing their name, and say, “Oh, yeah, it’s that guy.” With a jaw that could stop a truck in its [...]

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That Glorious Paradox: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Film Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Film/Movie Review A Comparison of the Planet of the Apes Films In 1963, French author Pierre Boulle (The Bridge over the River Kwai) wrote an ingenious little novel entitled La Planète des Singes, where the protagonist, Ulysse Mérou, travels to another planet with two scientists and encounters a [...]

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Three Days of Film: The Ballston Spa Film Festival

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Ballston Spa Film Festival 2011 Close to 50 short films (and one feature length) will be screened at this year’s Ballston Spa Film Festival, which takes place over the course of three days (August 4-6, 2011) in Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park. Known for their diverse international lineup, this year’s Ballston Spa Film Festival encompasses films [...]

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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation at the 2011 LPFF, Review

Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, 1982-1989)
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Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, Movie Review, at the 2011 LPFF In 1981, the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in theatres, where it captivated audiences and became one of the biggest box office hits of all time. Among these viewers were two young boys: Chris Strompolos and [...]

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Highlights from the 2011 Lake Placid Film Forum: Whit Stillman and Nancy Savoca

Nancy Savoca and Whit Stillman at the Lake Placid Film Forum. Photos Dave Bower
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2011 Lake Placid Film Forum: Video Coverage of this Year’s Special Guests Q&As, Independent Filmmakers Whit Stillman and Nancy Savoca Hosting an eclectic mix of guests, this year’s Lake Placid Film Forum featured appearances by two important figures from the world of independent cinema: Whit Stillman and Nancy Savoca. Both New York based filmmakers were [...]

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Super 8, or The End of Cinema (Review)

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Super 8, Movie/Film Review Imagine you’re standing in the forest. Around you, the larger oaks and pine trees have vaulted up over the years to create a thatched canopy above, blotting out much of the sun for the ground-hugging plant life. Yet, as you walk along the shrubbery, you notice small trees that have somehow [...]

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Ryan Gosling & Bradley Cooper to Star in The Place Beyond the Pines, Filming in Schenectady

Ryan Gosling in The Notebook
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The Place Beyond the Pines Filming in Schenectady Schenectady is abuzz with news of a feature film being shot within county lines. Long past its glory years as The Electric City, Schenectady has seen a recent resurgence in local activity and, it would appear, will soon feel the rewards of that resurgence when the film, [...]

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Top Five Indie Films of 2010

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2010′s Top 5 Indie Films What is an independent film these days? In some ways it feels like a label. Like “organic,” slapped on products at your local grocery store. Is “independent” just the “zero trans fat” of the film industry? How can we trust the term when Warner Bros., arguably one of the biggest [...]

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Animated Films at Their Best: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Film/DVD Review

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Film/DVD Review When watching classic Disney films as an adult, I often look back at my memories of them as a child and try to see how they differ from today. In the case of Beauty and the Beast, I was able to see past my previous “anti-girly movie” bias [...]

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