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Scott Samuelson

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Apr 8, 2009

Someone should write an essay called “In Praise of Pretentiousness,” because in the first years of adulthood—please, those years only!—a little insufferable pretentiousness goes a long way. It was pretentiousness,...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Mar 13, 2009

La Strada dir. Federico Fellini 108 mins In the early morning hours, at the end of a spirited drinking party, as passed-out sophisticates snore on the couches, an old man...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jan 14, 2009

Sydney Smith once observed, “I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices one so.” As a rule, I do watch the movies before reviewing them; though when it...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Dec 5, 2008

How many children does Lady Macbeth have? That’s the kind of ridiculous question a certain strain of literature teacher will torture students with. The answer, obviously, is: Shakespeare would have...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Nov 5, 2008

In the 10 years since the release of The Big Lebowski, a few things happened. Cell phones overtook our public spaces. The internet colonized our private time. George W. Bush...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Oct 9, 2008

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Directed by Fatih Akin October 3-5, Bijou There is an old poem by Horace that celebrates simple country living; its surprise ending...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Sep 3, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is celebrating this fall its 50th anniversary as an object of obsession for movie lovers. This year also marks the less-auspicious 15th anniversary of when I became...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

Editor's Note: A summer full of festivals winds down this week with the second annual Landlocked Film Festival. This year, Iowa City's umbrella organization Summer of the Arts wove Landlocked...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

This American Gothic Documentary, 63 min Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer Hardacre: Saturday, August 2, 1:25pm; Landlocked: Friday, August 22, 5:30pm In the director's statement for This American Gothic—a documentary...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

Pond Hockey Documentary, 79 min Directed by Tommy Haines Landlocked: Saturday, August 23, 3:00pm Pond Hockey is a documentary no hockey fan should miss. But it would be a shame...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

Fix Narrative, 90 min Directed by Tao Ruspoli Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 9pm It's a pleasure to stand on a cliff, a Roman poet once observed, and watch a ship...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

The Loneliest Place on Earth Short Film, 13 min Directed by Cody Stokes Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 8:40pm In Cody Stokes's The Loneliest Place on Earth, which has the elegance...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Aug 19, 2008

Moonboy Short Film Directed by Adam Calfee Hardacre: Friday, August 1, 6:20 Adam Calfee's Moonboy is an animated short about a kid, a kind of everyman, who, as his apathetic...

Posted by Scott Samuelson | Jul 3, 2008

Surfwise Documentary, 93 min Directed by Doug Pray The floods have got me thinking about water: the great life-giver, the great destroyer. Lao Tzu, the founding Taoist, says that we...