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Scott Samuelson

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...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 4, 2011

Richard Wagner dreamt of a Gesamtkunstwerk, “a total artwork,” a theatrical production that puts the entire human imagination into play and expresses nothing short of the truth. Metropolis--Fritz Lang’s operatic,...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jun 6, 2011

In 1925, Willis Carrier, the inventor of the air conditioner, convinced Paramount Pictures to install his relatively new system in the Rivoli Theater, their big movie house under construction in...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | May 2, 2011

The featured director this month in the Englert’s American Filmmakers Series is Quentin Tarantino. True Romance, which he wrote but didn’t direct, is showing Tuesday, May 10, and Pulp Fiction,...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 6, 2011

In a recent “dump” of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, Putin and Medvedev were compared to Batman and Robin. The Slovenian philosophical rock star Slavoj Žižek has taken the simile further...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Oct 6, 2010

I’ve now seen Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece The Bicycle Thief twice in my life. I’m not sure how many more times I’ll be able to bear it. It’s too real;...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | May 3, 2010

Talking Movies: May 2010 - It’s always risky making generalizations involving gender. But what’s life without a little risk? Motherhood is the social role most likely to devour a person’s...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 23, 2010

Talking Movies: March 2010 – If you’re the kind of moviegoer who wishes you’d lived back when X was making movies (where X stands for your favorite great director), if...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Oct 2, 2009

In Kinshasa, Zaire, on October 20, 1974, in what was billed as the Rumble in the Jungle, Muhammad Ali employed a strategy called the rope-a-dope, letting the reigning heavyweight champion...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jul 9, 2009

In the beginning was High Fidelity, at least as far as I’m concerned. An actor I’d never noticed before by the name of Jack Black was channeling Generation X energies...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | May 8, 2009

Jody Hill’s Observe and Report is one weird movie. I’m pretty sure this dark comedy is meant to provoke reflection: The title suggests that the movie is holding the mirror up...