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 Vitaphone SystemVitaphone System by The Ovi Team
August 2nd 1926; John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The
 African cinema lost in translationAfrican cinema lost in translation by Abigail George
Television, films and churches formed a large part of the origins of my writing when I was younger. My childhood was not as bleak as some; I was happy, obedient, kind, patient, loved dogs, tennis and swimming; dancing wildly, joyfully in the sprin
 Cinema's Calorie CuisineCinema's Calorie Cuisine by Asa Butcher
"Last time I went to the movies I was thrown out for bringing my own food. My argument was that the concession stand prices are outrageous. Besides, I haven't had a Bar-B-Que in a long time."- Steven Wright
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 Cameron's Pandora's BoxCameron's Pandora's Box by Thanos Kalamidas
Usually when I want t write something about a book or a film I leave a few days to go by, it’s like the good wine you let the wine to get some air before start drinking it. And I did the same with the film “Avatar” I watched last
 Mediterraneo: an Italian Film Still Worth WatchingMediterraneo: an Italian Film Still Worth Watching by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Martin Scorsese and World CinemaMartin Scorsese and World Cinema by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
After founding the Film Foundation in the United States in 1990, two years ago (2007) in Cannes Martin Scorsese launched his World Cinema Foundation with the purpose of preserving and restoring neglected film treasures from around the world; in other word
 Cinema Paradiso: a Movie Buff's ParadiseCinema Paradiso: a Movie Buff's Paradise by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Bruno is so ...2009Bruno is so ...2009 by Thanos Kalamidas
You don’t know whether to laugh or cry when you see the scene where two girls are trying to come up with an idea for a charity organization that will make somebody a Hollywood celebrity fast, and they seriously suggest an organization around
 RIP Mr. CinemaRIP Mr. Cinema by Alexandra Pereira
This month a unique man died. João Bénard da Costa belonged to that rare type of men who gather several exceptional qualities combined in such an unmatched way that people feel they are somehow irreplaceable – with multiple talents
 A Festering talentA Festering talent by Asa Butcher
 Hollywood & Ramayan 3392 A.D.Hollywood & Ramayan 3392 A.D. by Rajan Zed
Jews have come out in support of the Hindus who seem to be perturbed by the recent announcement of Hollywood movie “Ramayan 3392 A.D.”, which Hindus allege appears to pillage their sacred scripture Ramayan.Advancin
 Raindancing with the Best of Independent CinemaRaindancing with the Best of Independent Cinema by Vesa Kuosmanen
The sold out screenings of the 16th Raindance Film Festival in London proved that low-to-no budget filmmaking is well, and more entertaining and thrilling than ever. Raindance, like (and unlike) its more famous U.S. equivalent Sundance, is not a f
 Lights! Action! Mascara!Lights! Action! Mascara! by Asa Butcher
 Movies! Movies! Movies!Movies! Movies! Movies! by Asa Butcher
You've got to hand it to the American Film Institute (AFI) with their ability to conjure up countdown after countdown associated with all things film. Earlier this week they announced the "AFI'S 10 Top 10
 The Hulk: Mark TwoThe Hulk: Mark Two by Asa Butcher
Wow! How else can I begin a review of the latest Incredible Hulk film that left me breathless and forgetting to actually blink during many of its superb action sequences? Following Ang Lee's highly-disappointing 200
 Half-way bad; half-way goodHalf-way bad; half-way good by Asa Butcher
The death of award-winning director Sydney Pollack in May 2008 prompted me to watch the film that won him the Best Picture awards and also the Oscar for Direction, but it wasn't with much enthusiasm. It has been a g
 Koistinen (3/3)Koistinen (3/3) by Luis Alves
Luzes no CrepúsculoNo último filme de Aki Kaurismäki,
 Cinema's Third Greatest ActorCinema's Third Greatest Actor by Asa Butcher
According to the American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends Actor list, he is the third greatest actor of all-time, just behind Humphrey Bogart (#1) and Cary Grant (#2), he starred in four Alfred Hitchcock
 Hollywood OAPsHollywood OAPs by Asa Butcher
Following the death of actor Richard Widmark (b. December 26 1914) last week at the age of 93, I began thinking about how many actors and actresses are still alive from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Some of these actors have
 Coen, Coen, Gong!Coen, Coen, Gong! by Asa Butcher
Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No. Should it have won Best Picture? Not sure. Is it classic Coen brothers? Yes. Would I watch it again? Yes. Will I buy it when it is released on DVD? Yes. Has it got the worst haircu
 Refreshing the cinematic paletteRefreshing the cinematic palette by Asa Butcher
When you think of joint ventures between director Frank Capra and actor James Stewart the first film you usually pick is It's a Wonderful Life (1946), but that was actually their third an
 Mister Tibbs!Mister Tibbs! by Asa Butcher
In 1928 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed the very first Best Picture Academy Award to William A. Wellman's Wings. Eighty years later billions of viewers will be tuning in to discover
 The Missing Allen WrenchThe Missing Allen Wrench by Jan Sand
I've been in love with reading and playing with words since I was about five-years-old when I stopped puzzling out what was written on outdoor billboards and Burma Shave signs and got hooked by Dr. Seuss and o
 The Conscience of MankindThe Conscience of Mankind by Asa Butcher
"In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, "Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful th
 It's unusualIt's unusual by Asa Butcher
"It's not unusual to be loved by anyone, It's not unusual to have fun with anyone!" crooned Tom Jones in the opening lines of his first British number one "It's not Unusual" in 1965, but
 Art In Politics - The Nexus between Art and Politics in Four War MoviesArt In Politics - The Nexus between Art and Politics in Four War Movies by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: By fighting fire with fire, politic
 A Gladiatorial English DirectorA Gladiatorial English Director by Asa Butcher
Ridley Scott, arguably one of the best English directors plying his trade in Hollywood at present, notches up his 70th birthday today and to honour him upon this special day I present a review of the sword and sandal
 No speeding busNo speeding bus by Asa Butcher
First off, The Lake House is a not a horror, even though the title certainly convinced me that it would involve mysterious drownings and unfortunate watery murders. The film is actually a romantic drama reuniting Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock f
 What happened that night?What happened that night? by Asa Butcher
Urban legend says that when men watched this film in 1934 the sales of undershirts dropped by seventy-five per cent because Clark Gable was not wearing one. Whether this is true or not does not matter in the slightest because we are here to
 Aki Kaurismaki Celebra Hoje Meio SeculoAki Kaurismaki Celebra Hoje Meio Seculo by Alexandra Pereira
O carismático realizador e argumentista finlandês celebra hoje, dia 4 de Abril de 2007, 50 anos de vida. Entre documentários sobre a música da Bahia e a compra de quintas que se dedicam à produção de vinhos do Po
 Men destroyed by warMen destroyed by war by Asa Butcher
This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, e
 Indigènes  - Μια Ιστορία που απασχολεί όλη την ΕυρώπηIndigènes - Μια Ιστορία που απασχολεί όλη την Ευρώπη by Phivos
Δεύτερος Παγκόσμιος. Κατοχή. Η Γαλλία κάτω απ'τ
 Sexiest First LadySexiest First Lady by Asa Butcher
A free ticket and an intriguing trailer resulted in The Sentinel becoming the fourth film I chose to watch at the cinema this year. It was not a disappointing decision, especially considering how high my hop
 Mummy for nothingMummy for nothing by Asa Butcher
“Death, eternal punishment, for anyone who opens this casket,” declares the curse. One minute later the Oxford educated brain is acting like a child on Christmas morning and has ripped it open. Cue: death, eternal punishment and anothe
 The Chicago wayThe Chicago way by Asa Butcher
“He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send on of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone!” Sean Connery delivers one of the best lines of the film that also sums up the gritty 1930
 It's not Moby Dick!It's not Moby Dick! by Asa Butcher
“What would be the scientific purpose of killing it?” enquires a scientist about the mysterious Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s best friend during the making of their latest documentary. “Revenge,” states our antihe
 Silver screen HitchSilver screen Hitch by Asa Butcher
One of the drawbacks of living in the 21st century is that you don’t get to see movie classics regularly on the big screen. Multiplex cinemas are happier showing the latest blockbuster than the films that are the foundations of Hollywood, bu
 Blue hair and pyramidsBlue hair and pyramids by Asa Butcher
“Enki Bilal! We must go and see his film!” gasped an excited Thanos a few weeks ago. I nodded in that uncommitted way that usually accompanies an outburst of his Greek enthusiasm and then stupidly asked, “Why?” Rapidly, I d
 Everybody loves GeneEverybody loves Gene by Asa Butcher
I had never heard of Welcome to Mooseport, but, as a fan of Ray Romano in the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond and the voice of Manfred in Ice Age, I felt obliged to watch him in this feature film along side the great Gene Hackman. The DVD cover
 Vigilante BronsonVigilante Bronson by Asa Butcher
“Is that a young Jeff Goldblum?” I exclaimed to my wife, while settling into the opening fifteen minutes of Death Wish. It appeared my observation was right, as a youthful Jeff played Freak #1 in his feature film debut and shocked me w
 Fangs for nothingFangs for nothing by Asa Butcher
Over the last few issues of Ovi, I have been reviewing some of Universal's monster classics and it has been a pleasant experience. I take into account the fact that these movies are over sixty years old and the audiences expected something dif
 Comb your faceComb your face by Asa Butcher
“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”
 Kinda scary-lookingKinda scary-looking by Asa Butcher
"Didn't you just love the picture? I did. But I just felt so sorry for the creature at the end," gushes Marilyn Monroe's character in The Seven Year Itch after watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I completely agree with
 Delightful De NiroDelightful De Niro by Thanos Kalamidas
Robert De Niro is one of these actors you don’t know if you like him or not. I mean his acting style somehow seems the same all the time. It’s like the man has a library of faces and cliché
 Time travelling mummyTime travelling mummy by Thanos Kalamidas
Watching a film made in 1932 in 2005 is like being in a time machine and that’s exactly how you should watch it. This film has nothing to do with Indiana Jones, MacGyver or the rest of the artificial
 Time travel twistTime travel twist by Asa Butcher
"You went down thirty years ago, pal. You just don't know it yet," declares an emotional Jim Caviezel midway through the film and I found myself swallowing the lump in my throat. Frequency is a different type of time travel film that
 
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