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2013 Lake Placid Film Forum: Reviews of Mel Brooks and North Country Shorts

Mel Brooks directing Silent Movie in 1976.
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Documentaries and Local Filmmakers at the LPFF Mel Brooks and North Country Shorts, Reviews Writer’s note: So sorry this was not posted earlier! Having been officiating at a figure skating competition and as secretary of the Skating Club of Lake Placid, I have had to delay this review until now. The Lake Placid Film Forum [...]

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2013 Lake Placid Film Forum: Reviews of Fairhaven and Syrup

Amber Heard in Syrup (Aram Rappaport, 2013)
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Reviews of Fairhaven and Syrup at the 2013 LPFF Two Independent Films from this Year’s Festival While I enjoy reporting on figure skating events (obviously), I’m also a huge fan of film, and one of my favorite events of the year is the Lake Placid Film Forum, where it’s incredibly satisfying to be able to [...]

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Room 237: An Analysis of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Film Review

Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd in The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980). Photo Courtesy of Warner Brothers.
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Hidden Meanings and Symbolism in Kubrick’s The Shining Room 237, Movie Review Although this particular event was not well attended, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts “shined” once again in presenting diverse entertainment options for film, theatre, and art fans. You probably won’t understand the title of Room 237 unless you are a diehard [...]

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A Wild Ride into Madness: Identity Thief, Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in Identity Thief (Seth Gordon, 2013)
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Identity Thief: Crude and Extremely Humorous Identity Thief, Movie Review Seth Gordon’s new movie Identity Thief satisfied a need for a new breed of comedy. It blends heartfelt comedy with perverse shock humor, creating a fusion of morals and potty jokes. Jason Bateman plays Sandy, an honest and moral businessman who has had his identity [...]

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Witness to History: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Movie Review

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
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Lincoln: A Look at Our Sixteenth President and The Story Behind the Thirteenth Amendment Lincoln, Movie Review Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln makes the story of Abraham Lincoln’s last months in office and the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment more interesting and entertaining than any history book or lecture ever could. Filled with drama, humor, and history, [...]

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The Return of James Bond: Skyfall, Movie Review

Daniel Craig in Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
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Skyfall: Bond is Back and More Real than Ever Can James Bond Get Any Angrier? The new Bond film brought a new mood to the legendary franchise. Instead of highlighting James Bond’s sterling capacity for ass-kicking while remaining impeccably handsome, it veered into the psychological realm of a spy. Skyfall’s Bond (Daniel Craig) is an [...]

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The Master – A Cult Unpure: Movie Review

Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012). Photo Courtesy The Weinstein Company
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A Controversial Film with Limited Distribution: The Master, Review The Master: A Sickeningly Sweet Romance with Belief Paul Thomas Anderson has written and directed what is one of the most thought-provoking films that I have seen in a long time. The Master evoked the madness of a religious scene in its making, but did not [...]

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An Intriguing Twist on Time Travel: Looper, Film Review

Joseph Gordon Levitt in Looper (Rian Johnson, 2012)
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Looper: A Return to Smart and Inventive Science Fiction Looper: Movie Review In the past few years cinema has taken a turn into surrealism by fusing science fiction movies with action movies. The result has been an indulgence in mind games that leave the audience begging for a clear answer and/or simply frustrated with the [...]

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Will Ferrell Wants Your Vote! The Campaign, Movie Review

Will Ferrell in The Campaign (Jay Roach, 2012)
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The Campaign, Movie Review The Zany Side of Politics, Courtesy of Will Ferrell Politics are a strange and funny thing, with rules, players and practices that sometimes seem to be from another plane of human existence. So while there have certainly been political comedies before, it seemed only a matter of time before Will Ferrell, [...]

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Into the Heart of Darkness: Killer Joe, Movie Review

Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe (William Friedkin, 2011)
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William Friedkin’s Extremely Dark & Violent Black Comedy Killer Joe, Movie Review Hovering over this film like the ominous thunder and pouring rain in the opening sequence, the rarely seen and oft-despised NC-17 rating that renowned director William Friedkin’s (The French Connection, The Exorcist) film of Killer Joe, the stage play by Tracy Letts, has [...]

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