Author: John Chrostek

Father’s Day Reflections: A Hero Story

In this life, I have been blessed by the love of my parents. They raised me in a small house from an old neighborhood, and though we never had very much in terms of money or possessions, we made up for any deficient in the love we shared. My dad, Bernie, has always been the kind of guy who teaches lessons with an open heart. When I was young, he’d come home from work after fourteen hour days (he was a site manager for a construction firm) and sit with me as I got ready for bed. Any question...

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David Lynch and The Mythic American Self

Few American filmmakers can claim to have earned the prestige and curiosity that David Lynch has, and for good reason. Coming to film from a background in painting, Lynch has developed a devoted following surrounding his highly idiosyncratic surrealist films. He arrived onto the scene as a shocking sensation, his works pushing the boundaries of acceptability and reason at the time, only to grow in prominence as the years have gone on. For any director with such art-house sensibilities to succeed on a mass level requires some transcending element that people relate to. Lynch, for all his eccentricities, is...

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Cinema Saint: Douglas Trumbull, The Invisible Star

As an art, filmmaking is a delicate tightrope walk between what is imaginable and what is producible. While the incredible innovations in computer-generated imagery have certainly provided safety mechanisms for the modern film maker, considerable effort is still required to make the impossible feel, move, and act with realism and precision. The greatest artists of the medium, then, are those most adept at taking the ephemeral visions that cinema is built upon and making them a tangible reality. Douglas Trumbull, American filmmaker and visual effects innovator, turns 75 on April 8th. Son of Donald Trumbull (another notable visual effects...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: 3 Women

3 Women (1977) Director: Robert Altman Genre: Drama 20th Century Fox Synopsis: In a barren 1970s California desert town, a woman forms a complicated relationship with her mysterious co-worker at an elderly rehabilitation center. Overview: Among the deluge of outrageous and depressing headlines that came out of November 2016, Shelley Duvall’s appearance on Dr. Phil stood out. Duvall’s obvious mental illness became fodder for the kind of tabloid opportunism that turns human lives and stories into an “eyes at any cost” media strategy. There was of course a collective response of disapproval, but our attentions have been diverted to...

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