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Scott Samuelson

42
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 26, 2013

As spring turns the grass green, my fancy lightly turns to thoughts of baseball. The fancies of movie producers must also turn in that direction, because 42, the new biopic...

Talking Movies
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 19, 2013

I recently sat down with glasses atop my glasses to watch Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Previews of money-grubbing re-releases zoomed out at me: Titanic 3D, Star Wars 3D, Halloween 3D, Lion...

Rust and Bone
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 18, 2013

Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts star in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone. The spirit of our age walks on prosthetic limbs. Of course, humanity has always been fascinated by amputees....

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Feb 19, 2013

I’ll be surprised if Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln doesn’t take a handful of the 12 Academy Awards for which it’s nominated.  The greatest movie about our 16th president, John Ford’s Young...

Zero Dark Thirty
Posted by Scott Samuelson | Feb 15, 2013

What impact does consumption of imagined violence have on our ability to deal with real violence? The movies have a strange relationship with the mass shootings that have recently plagued...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Nov 25, 2012

By Francois Duhamel I don’t know what’s more shocking: that twenty-three James-Bond movies have been made over the past fifty years, or that I’ve seen them all willingly. To understand...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 26, 2012

A scene from Chris Marker's La'Jete (1962) The origin myth of cinema is that when the Lumière brothers gave the first public screening of their 50-second documentary The Arrival of...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 5, 2012

Once upon a time our downtown was lit by the Astro, the Englert, and the Campus Theaters. One by one they faded. Only the Bijou, our solitary star, still flickers....

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jun 26, 2012

Forty years ago, throughout the spring and summer of 1972, a mob movie was making a killing at the box office, which was something of a surprise to its production...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | May 12, 2012

This month, the Englert's screening of an adults-only documentary will feature a live opening act by Iowa City's own Les Dames du Burlesque If you like sex and art (especially...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 14, 2012

Rushmore (1998) Jason Schwartzman as Max Fischer, one of Wes Anderson's original classically idealistic protagonists. Have you seen the new Wes Anderson?  No, I don’t mean the new Wes Anderson...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 31, 2012

Beginning April 1, a new movie-going opportunity will be available to those eager for thought-provoking cinema downtown.  Larry Rogers, a self-described "ex-ex-gay senior citizen," has put together a film series...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 2, 2012

  The Gold Rush (1925) at Bijou Cinema, March 3-8 Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush, playing from Mar. 3 through 8 at the Bijou in its lusciously-restored original 1925 version,...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jan 4, 2012

In 2011, a year of many good movies (my own motley list includes: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Bridesmaids, Weekend, The Muppet Movie, Buck and Rise of the Planet of the...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Dec 13, 2011

Tom Cullen (L) and Chris New You’re likely to feel some righteous indignation immediately after watching Andrew Haigh’s Weekend—the new British, mumblecore, gay-romance movie—at the Bijou from Dec. 2-8. No,...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Nov 20, 2011

Now Showing Global Lens 2011 Since 2003 the Global Lens film series has been providing a platform for interesting movies from around the world. Their board, including such modern masters...