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Entries from July 2009

The Scariest Four-Letter Word in American Storytelling

July 19th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Down to the Bone (2005) Screenplay by Rich Lieske & Debra Granik, additional material by Jean-Michel Dissard and Anne Kugler and Alex MacInnis Directed by Debra Granik Produced by Susie Q Productions Running time: 104 minutes By Joe Valdez So, What’s This About? In a rural area of upstate New York, Irene (Vera Farmiga) finishes […]

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Tags: Ambiguous ending · Interrogation · Midlife crisis · Mother/son relationship · No opening credits · Small town

Teen Movies Don’t Interest Me

July 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rocket Science (2007) Written by Jeffrey Blitz Directed by Jeffrey Blitz Produced by B&W Films/ Duly Noted, Inc./ HBO Films Running time: 101 minutes By Joe Valdez So, What’s This About? While arguing against farm subsidies at the New Jersey State High School Policy Debate Championships, Ben Wekselbaum (Nicholas D’Agosto) — the greatest public speaker […]

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Tags: Brother/brother relationship · Coming of age · Drunk scene · Father/son relationship · High school · Master and pupil · No opening credits · Psychoanalysis

King of the Hoboes

July 13th, 2009 · 7 Comments

By Joe Valdez Harry Dean Stanton was born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky. His father was a tobacco farmer — supplementing income with work as a barber — and his mother was a hairdresser. Attending LaFayette Senior High School in Lexington, Stanton joined choral groups and sang in a barbershop quartet with his […]

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Tags: United Federation of Character Actors