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IFFBoston Kicks Off This Week!

IFFBoston Kicks Off This Week!


…and coincidentally, so does my coverage of the festival! But you won’t get it on A Constant Visual Feast. I’ll be posting my full reviews for the films I watch over at Go-See-Talk, so if you want to check out my thoughts on the festival as well as my reviews of the films I catch, take … Continue reading

The Format Wars: Film vs. Digital

The Format Wars: Film vs. Digital


Imagine if everyone stopped filming on celluloid tomorrow and the entire world of cinema went full-on digital. Production and employment of 35mm film ceased full-stop and IMAX’s 65mm format vanished into thin air. What would that be like? How would that affect dollars and cents, the financial side of the industry? How would that impact … Continue reading

My Movie Year

My Movie Year


Andy Hart over at Fandango Groovers has a simple question for all of us movie lovers: what’s the best year in film? Or, maybe more easily answered, what’s your favorite year in film? I being such a notoriously indecisive person had to wrestle with these two challenges– with very nearly a century of film to … Continue reading

Happy Tartan Day, From Pixar!

Happy Tartan Day, From Pixar!


Brave is still a couple of months away yet, but that just means it’s getting to that time where Pixar really ramps up its marketing for its latest film. By now you’ve all likely seen the trailers, the most recent of which prominently display the great King Fergus (Billy Connolly) in all his glory, including his … Continue reading

The DearFilm Podcast: The Hunger Games

The DearFilm Podcast: The Hunger Games


  Well, wouldnt’ you know it– I liked podcasting with Brian and Dan so much earlier in March that I just had to do it again. This time around, Brian and I are joined by Sam Fragoso of Duke & The Movies; we’re also talking about The Hunger Games, which I really liked and which … Continue reading

The ACVF Interview: Joseph Kahn Round Table

The ACVF Interview: Joseph Kahn Round Table


Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with three local area critics for a round table interview with the wonderfully loquacious and energetic Joseph Kahn to talk about his latest film, the genre-blender Detention. Without hesitation, I’ll say that this happens to be one of my favorite releases of the year to date, and if … Continue reading

Go to Film School With Criterion!

Go to Film School With Criterion!


Are you a fan of the Criterion Collection? Have you ever read even mere segments of David Bordwell’s and Kristin Thompson’s exhaustively researched, massively elucidating and informative text, Film Art: An Introduction? No matter what your answers are to either of these questions, the only thing that truly matters is whether or not you have a … Continue reading

The DearFilm Podcast: Silent House

The DearFilm Podcast: Silent House


So this past Sunday, I had the opportunity to do my very first podcast with two upstanding bloggers who, frankly, you should be aware of if you’re not already: Dan, from Fog’s Movie Reviews, and Brian, from DearFilm. Suffice to say, with the caliber of the bloggers involved you’d be doing yourself a favor if … Continue reading

Golden Statues and Outrage: The Oscar Nominations

Golden Statues and Outrage: The Oscar Nominations


This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the entries for each of their twenty four categories in anticipation of this year’s 84th Academy Awards show. As is always the case, response among critics and film writers has been mixed, characterized by raised eyebrows, occasional high praise and pleasant surprise, and most … Continue reading

Untangling Worth and Appreciation in Film

Untangling Worth and Appreciation in Film


Not too long ago I wrote a piece about Quentin Tarantino and my personal stances on him, both as a filmmaker and as a personality in cinema, and his body of work. Specifically, I discussed at length the dichotomy I experience being both highly critical of his work while simultaneously admiring his undeniable talent behind … Continue reading

15 Films ACVF Is Excited About In 2012

15 Films ACVF Is Excited About In 2012


In my book, 2011 has been a great year for movies. Good stuff has abounded throughout this particular revolution of the planet, both on the side of light lifting– Limitless, Paul, Cedar Rapids, Captain America— and in the realms of more substantial material, such as Drive, Weekend, The Tree of Life, and Win Win. Even … Continue reading

2011: Retrospective, Honors, & ACVF’s Top 15 (Pt.2)

2011: Retrospective, Honors, & ACVF’s Top 15 (Pt.2)


We’re almost there– it’s down to the final ten. Starting with: 10) 13 Assassins: “While the plot that subsequently comes together falls within the bailiwick typical to most men-on-a-mission films as Shinzaemon collects his chosen warriors– a motley crew of samurai ranging in age and experience, which eventually also comes to include a hunter (Yusuke … Continue reading

Brave New World: Tweet Seats and Courtesy

Brave New World: Tweet Seats and Courtesy


I’d say I’m speechless, but I’m already several words over the line: theaters are starting to not only tolerate cell phone based activities (a’la texting and tweeting) during performances and screenings, they’re encouraging them in some cases. By now, this is probably common knowledge– stories of this nature have already been run by a number of … Continue reading