Author Archives: Batesy

46 years old and still scaring: Rosemary’s Baby

(FYI,this is full of spoilers) I started watching Roman Polanski’s brilliant 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel the other night on a whim. I have seen the film many times and my intent was to just watch the first 20 … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Any time a film tackles history, especially history’s darkest corners, there is a temptation to paint in big strokes, to overstate and to preach. The most miraculous thing about “12 Years a Slave” is that it derives most of it’s … Continue reading

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Her (2013)

When Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) tells his coworker that he is dating his operating system, no look of shock or judgement is given. Theodore doesn’t really seem all that embarrassed in his proclamation either. Similarly, Theodore tells one of his … Continue reading

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American Hustle (2013)

There is a scene in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” where Jennifer Lawrence’s character is making small talk with her husband’s friends about her top coat nail polish. She explains her obsession; it is both super-sweet smelling but that just … Continue reading

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Not Show Business But The Business Of Shows #2

This is the 2nd post in a series that will offer tales, trials and tribulations of working in the movie theater biz. Back in the spring I was given the opportunity to tell a story at the Know Theatre of … Continue reading

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Pure Cinema Above the Earth: Gravity (2013)

Somewhere around the 10 minute mark of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” that incredibly rare feeling came over me; that the film I was watching would be unlike anything else I have seen before. It has been rightly said in the last … Continue reading

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For The Love Of Radio

This article is dedicated to my parents who introduced me to a number of great things in my formative years including the golden age of radio. OTR stands for “Old Time Radio” and that has been the universally accepted, all-encompassing … Continue reading

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Recently Watched: Motel Hell/Good Hair/The Descendants

I had not seen the kooky “Motel Hell” (1980) since the late 80’s and was pleasantly surprised at how it holds up. Made on a modest budget, directed rather blandly and with an unevenly talented cast, the film still manages … Continue reading

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Epic Battle of Sensibilities: Pacific Rim

You take one very talented, Mexican director. You give him a big, American budget courtesy of a big, American studio (Warner Bros.) to make a Japanese monster movie. What do you get? You get director Guillermo del Toro’s signature elements … Continue reading

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Super Somber: Man of Steel

It’s hard not to have preconceived notions about what you think a Superman movie should be. The story of Superman is ingrained in our collective pop culture subconscious.  But I was optimistic and open to any and all things new. … Continue reading

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