Only In Theaters: The Laemmle Family and the American Dream

Only In Theaters isn’t just a love letter to cinema but a story about the Laemmle family and living the American Dream. Over the course of two and a half years, filmmaker Raphael Sbarge traces the family’s history all the way back to the 1930s. He was given complete access and full creative control in telling their story. While the final run time is about an hour and a half, the initial cut ran around…

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Starstruck by Leonard Maltin: A Must-Read Memoir

Starstruck, the long-awaited memoir from film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, is going to be the must-read book of the year for film buffs. If you’re like me, you could listen to Leonard Maltin talk all day. I certainly know that I can. He’s the type of person who not only knows what he’s doing but he puts in the research as well. It’s one of the reasons why I admire Leonard Maltin. Getting the opportunity to…

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Going Attractions: An Important Film Documentary

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace is a stark reminder of what we lose in the ever-changing cinema landscape. There are a number of historic movie palace theaters featured in the documentary.  Sadly, there are movie palaces no longer with us.  In some instances, they’ve been demolished to rubble.  In other instances, only the facade survived after preservationists spoke out.  Make no mistake that the business of going to the movies have…

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Gift Idea: Hooked on Hollywood by Leonard Maltin

In Hooked on Hollywood: Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom, film critic/historian Leonard Maltin takes us on a time machine back to Hollywood’s Golden Era. Maltin has been writing about film for many years–dating back to when he contributed to Film Fan Monthly.  In fact, some of the pieces in the book originally appeared there or his newsletter.  Divided into four sections, it wouldn’t be unfair to call this book a time machine of…

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The Great Buster celebrates Buster Keaton

The Great Buster: A Celebration is a well-deserved cinematic tribute to Buster Keaton–one of the greatest silent comedy stars to have ever lived. Discussing the great silent comedy stars must include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd.  Interestingly, Keaton starred in College as a response to Lloyd’s The Freshman.  Where Lloyd starred as a freshman who played football, Keaton would play every other sport.  As for Chaplin, he directed Keaton in 1952’s Limelight.  This…

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Chicago Film Festival 2018: The Great Buster

The Great Buster: A Celebration is a well-deserved cinematic tribute to Buster Keaton–one of the greatest silent comedy stars to have ever lived. Discussing the great silent comedy stars must include Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd.  Interestingly, Keaton starred in College as a response to Lloyd’s The Freshman.  Where Lloyd starred as a freshman who played football, Keaton would play every other sport.  As for Chaplin, he directed Keaton in 1952’s Limelight.  This…

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