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Talking Pictures: Oscars devotion

By David Templeton“Better than the Super Bowl.”That hyperbolic declaration appeared the morning of February 28, on the Facebook page of local film fan, actor...

Arts: Age of disbelief

By David Templeton..“How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?”That’s the question I’ve been asking over the last few weeks, as...

Talking Pictures: Grand adventure

By David Templeton“Everybody wants to know about the lightsabers,” says Dennis Muren, standing before a full house at the Century Cinema Theater in Corte...

Talking Pictures: Loss of a legend

by David TempletonTwenty years ago, in 1995, I picked up Carol Doda.
Literally.
The pioneering stripper and “adult” entertainer was waiting for me on the side...

Talking pictures: Double tragedy

by David Templeton“It’s an American tragedy, plain and simple.”On opening night of the Mill Valley Film Festival, director Tom McCarthy peers, spotlight-blinded, into the...

Talking Pictures: No payoff

by David Templeton“I can think of many real-life visits that were more pleasant than M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit,” says author Nicole Cushing, referring...

Talking Pictures: Up close

by David Templeton“I thought there was a chance that Straight Outta Compton would be a powerful, truthful film,” remarks rapper, actor and police officer...

Talking Pictures: Rules of comedy

by David TempletonComedian Greg Proops is not a fan of superhero movies, sequels or remakes—with one or two notable exceptions.“The Maltese Falcon, by John...

Talking Pictures: Quest for Love

by David Templeton“Best! Teen! Road movie! Ever!”Whispered just loud enough to be heard over the end-credit music now blaring merrily from the vicinity of...

Talking Pictures: Change is good

by David TempletonSome movies, and certain post-film conversations, aren’t easily forgotten. Twenty-four hours after my talk with Dr. Myra Gueco Bernecker—whose private therapy practice...