SEASON’S GREETINGS

December 24, 2012 Updates

It has been a little over two months since Projektor was launched into cyberspace.

In that time, I have uploaded essays and reviews of films by an array of directors, including Pedro Almodovar, Larry Charles, Sofia Coppola, Raymond De Felitta, David O. Russell, Henry Selick, Giuseppe Tornatore, Paul Verhoeven, Lars Von Trier, Billy Wilder and Len Wiseman.

I have also had the great fortune of receiving positive and reassuring feedback from numerous individuals who have found something of value in these writings. Warm and sincere thanks to all of you.

Your support for Projektor and all

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TOTAL RECALL (1990 & 2012): FILMS BY PAUL VERHOEVEN AND LEN WISEMAN

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

One fable can generate two contrasting films. We Can Remember it for You Wholesale, Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story on synthetic memories, secret agents and interplanetary wars, was adapted for the screen by Paul Verhoeven in 1990's Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside.

The Dutch auteur amplified the philosophical implications of Dickian Sci-Phi to mind-bending frenzy by situating the drama on Mars and accentuating the plight of its grotesque mutant inhabitants. Fast-forward twenty-two years and American director Len Wiseman (of Underworld

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CITY ISLAND (2009): A FILM BY RAYMOND DE FELITTA

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Some families are time bombs on the verge of detonation. Take the Rizzos of City Island. Father and patriarch Vince (Andy Garcia) is a tough-talking Corrections Officer who spends his free time covertly pursuing acting classes.

His dissatisfied and jaded wife (Julianna Margulies) is a concerned mother with a niggling nicotine habit. They have two children:  son Vince Jr. (Ezra Miller) is an impudent, smart-ass, adolescent with a fetish for feeding corpulent women fine cuisine; daughter Vivian (Dominik García-Lorido), on the other hand, is a street-smart college student who has turned to

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‘SOMEWHERE’ (2010): A FILM BY SOFIA COPPOLA

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Johnny Marco leads the kind of life most of us can only dream of. He is young, handsome and has instant access to the finer things: an uptown apartment, a slick, roaring, jet-black Ferrari and a legion of attractive, obliging women to accompany him - wherever he goes.

The dashing star of the silver screen with a new blockbuster pending release,  Marco (played by the suave and insouciant Stephen Dorff) is also the doting father of precocious and prodigiously talented teenage daughter Cleo (the sassy and spritely Elle Fanning). And yet, despite all this, Marco is one of the loneliest

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‘AMERICAN REUNION’ (2012): A FILM BY JON HURWITZ AND HAYDEN SCHLOSSBERG

December 22, 2012 Essays on Film  12 comments

There are a handful of certainties in life. Bills. Taxes. Death. And high school. For some, the latter is by far the most petrifying. The American satirist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once observed, 'True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country'. He has a point. If the seniors from my high school’s Class of 1995 were running the country today, I'd have moved to the South of France yesterday.

Even after it’s long over, high school is an inescapable institution: like the infamous Hotel California, you can check out but never leave. Perhaps that

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