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DWF: Three Shorts – Fantasy, Love and Our Fragile Grasp on Reality


Why do filmmakers create short films? Sometimes they are truly motivated to tell a story which only fits in a short format. Other times, it is to show off their skills in order to establish their credentials. Once in a while, they may make a short version of a film that they ultimately want to turn into a feature length production. At this year’s Dances With Films (DWF) festival, held in Hollywood in June, the selection of short films was impressive and contained examples which both fit into and transcended the above reasons. Three films I found impressive all dealt with our perception of what is real: 'Funny Love,' 'Waste Paper,' and 'Waiting for You.' Read More »

Charlie Chaplin, ‘House of Cards,’ and Bertolt Brecht’s Alienation Effect

Bertolt Brecht

Brecht's Alienation Effect took a different course after Hitler's rise to power. Spacey’s political drama is less about politics than about cold-blooded personal ambition. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘City Lights’ (The Criterion Collection)

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The first dramatic comedy by Chaplin teaches us how to see clearly despite the blinding lights. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: Monsieur Verdoux – The Criterion Collection

A blackly comic gem from Chaplin's late period. Read More »

DVD Review: Monsieur Verdoux – The Criterion Collection

Accompanied by some fascinating extras, this controversial Charlie Chaplin classic just might gain new fans with this edition. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: The Gold Rush (1925/1942) – The Criterion Collection

Chaplin fans can strike it rich with Criterion Collection's Blu-ray of The Gold Rush. Read More »

DVD Review: Shaun the Sheep – We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas

Shaun the Sheep and the gang from the farm show their holiday spirit in plenty of time for the holidays! Read More »

Blu-ray Review: The Great Dictator – The Criterion Collection

Chaplin's first talking picture gets the deluxe treatment. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: Modern Times – The Criterion Collection

Witty, heartfelt and sublimely clever. Read More »

Theatre Review (La Jolla): Limelight by Curtis and Meehan at the La Jolla Playhouse

A new musical about Charlie Chaplin debuts. Read More »