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Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007 12:00 am

Plenty of spoofs about spooks

Untitled Document The Good Shepherd presents a realistic view of the Central Intelligence Agency, but sometimes it is difficult to take the world of spying seriously. Movies have
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 12:00 am

We might not need another Rocky, but Stallone does

Do we really need another Rocky movie? Apparently Sylvester Stallone does, as a means of resuscitating his dying career. There are three methods of regaining public attention: One is to try a gimmick,
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 12:00 am

Mirren rules as Elizabeth -- and in everything else she does

Helen Mirren appears to be headed for her first Oscar, for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. So far she has swept the critics’ awards for her introspective performance of the stoic qu
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 12:00 am

The purists say it can’t be color, but you be the judge

Film noir is a style of filmmaking that characterized Hollywood detective and murder thrillers in the 1940s and ’50s. The name essentially means “dark cinema,” and its influences are
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Casino Royale joins the short list of best-ever James Bonds

Every now and then the James Bond films need to scale back to a sense of reality. The Roger Moore Bonds became a bit too spacey, but the Timothy Dalton cure didn’t take hold. A fine actor, Dalto
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 12:00 am

Director’s passing one of the cinema’s great losses

The recent passing of Robert Altman is one of the greatest losses to the world of cinema. My high regard for his work should be apparent from past columns, including the one last week, which was writt
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 12:00 am

Breaking up the narrative is hard to do well

Babel completes Alejandro González Iñárritu’s trilogy of fate. His global thriller towers over Amores Perros (2000), but it falls short of the emotional power of 21 Grams (2
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 12:00 am

Spoof documentaries have been around a long time

Untitled Document The new film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan has already outgrossed all other mockumentaries — fi
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 12:00 am

In Hollywood, it’s all about scandal, assassination, and spying

In Hollywood, the struggle for political power seldom has to do with electoral contests; instead, politics frequently revolve around scandal, assassination, and spying. The Sentinel (2006) begins with
Film - Chuck Koplinski
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 12:00 am

Why Hollywood keeps fighting World War II

World War II was the big one, and Hollywood must agree. More footage has been devoted to WWII than to all other wars combined. Even in the modern era WWII continues to outpace other wars. While compla


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