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Film, "Chasing Mavericks": Well, the Surfing Is Tremendous

"Chasing Mavericks": Well, the Surfing Is Tremendous

Waves crash and churn with alarming ferocity in Chasing Mavericks. A seamless blend of open-water photography, visual effects, and sound design effectively replicates the massive power of the title's world-famous surf break. But floating atop the explosive breakers, like an…
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Film, Goy Gevalt

Goy Gevalt

Director Curtis Hanson, a journeyman only recently bestowed the title of Great Director, has already made his horror movie (1973's The Arousers), his kiddie action comedy (1980's The Little Dragons), his teen sex romp (1983's Losin' It), his handful of…
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Kooky Proles and Gucci Buddhism

I try not to use the word "I." I try not to be too "self-referential" or self-consciously "literary." But this isn't exactly the kind of movie year that makes you feel "cinematic." As I ran through my writing over the…
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City of Angles

Suckling at the Big Nipple Bernardo Bertolucci once dubbed Los Angeles the Big Nipple. Writer/director Curtis Hanson has been suckling at it all his life. Just how much nourishment he's drawn becomes clear in his terrific new L.A. film, L.A.…
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