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The Book of Love

The feature debut of director and co-writer Bill Purple does not feature a single authentic moment. Imperfect would actually be a step up.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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The Future of the Movies

Last week, Ethan Anderton at FirstShowing.net called attention to a special Roger and Gene made in 1990, in which they talked to Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about the future of the movies. It was such a joy to see this again, and many of the things these three directors had to say then seem prescient now. It's worth taking the time to watch this all the way through.

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