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  • Venice Film Review: 'Intrepido: A Lonely Hero'

    The economic crisis is tackled head-on in Gianni Amelio's "Intrepido: A Lonely Hero," and while the helmer ropes in topics including financial worries, foreign workers, corruption and ineffective unions, he can't resist adding injudicious amounts of sentiment that weaken his thrust. The idea of an outwardly content Everyman acting as a temporary worker in hundreds of different jobs is an appealing one, yet Amelio can't sustain the concept, and characters meant to deepen themes wind up unsatisfactorily cluttering things up. Home play will be modest, with limited excursions to Italo showcases.
  • The evolution of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp

    Cinema was just emerging from its infancy when Charlie Chaplin created his comic character the Tramp a century ago. With his bowler hat, baggy pants, endearing little mustache, exaggerated shuffling walk and cane, the Little Tramp was an instant star....

    Simplistic 'Chaplin' silences the magic of the Little Tramp

    Simplistic 'Chaplin' silences the magic of the Little Tramp
    At the crucial emotional juncture of "Chaplin," the new musical about the Englishman who became, for a good while, the most famous movie star in the world, the character Charlie Chaplin sings of the pain that flows from declining interest in his work....

    Like/Dislike with Jason Corace, Gamescape honcho

    Like/Dislike with Jason Corace,  Gamescape honcho
    Going into graduate school, Jason Corace thought making films was the only way he could tell stories. Then he was introduced to the world of gaming and fell in love. "I learned to program and realized I could tell stories and create experiences in new...

    City Lights: Turning on new 'Lights'

    This column has moved but will not require a new name. "City Lights" — I originally thought of that title as a play on the city editor position. Now, as I move into the features editor spot, I'm reminded of from where else the inspiration came....