The Berkeley Beacon

Tim Strain

Film Columnist

Strain can be reached at timothy_strain@emerson.edu.


Articles

Make the most of what Boston cinema offers

I have the privilege of seeing movies for free and relish being able to work at what I love, but the labor has taken a toll: I haven’t been to the movies in 46 days.

Goodbye to celluloid; Goodbye to indie theaters

I love my HDTV. What I do not love is going to a movie theater for essentially the same experience.

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Review: Act of Valor reduces SEALs to lifeless shoot-em-up

There’s something scarily jingoistic and reductive about the new action film Act of Valor. This by-the-numbers ‘splosion-fest is more of an extended promo for military recruiting than a coherent film.

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Oscar reviews: Seniors square off for Supporting Actor Prize

Octogenarian Christopher Plummer will square off against septuagenarian Nick Nolte for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars after providing the emotional anchors for two of 2011’s best films, Beginners and Warrior.

Adjusting to the decline of theatrical distribution

We all know how important the digital technology revolution has been for filmmakers and film schools. The challenge for a lot of filmmakers — and a number of different fields at Emerson — will be embracing this change to gain an audience. No matter how good a film is, it doesn’t do much good if you can’t show it off.

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Academy Awards move backward amid a changing industry

On Jan. 12, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced its decision to require any film trying to qualify for Best Documentary Feature be reviewed by The New York Times or Los Angeles Times. The unofficial “papers of record” have, bewilderingly, become official.

SHOW TIMES: Please Remove Your Shoes with writer and director QA

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Chocolate Cake City lurches to New York

<p></p><p>NEW YORK — “Why is this a musical?” a...

Student documentarians present It’s All True

<p></p><p>Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said tha...

Student documentarians present It’s All True

<p></p><p>Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said tha...

Emerson-ran music fest encourages living green

<p></p><p>It is hard to find an on-campus music...

Emerson-ran music fest encourages living green

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Offside shows the underbelly of Iranian society

<p></p><p>White heat rises from the Middle Eas...

Vapor Trail exposes ecological crisis in Philippines

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Vapor Trail exposes ecological crisis in Philippines

<p></p></p><p>ArtsEmerson will host a screenin...

Students show their Chops at 20th NewFest

<p>&nbsp;</p><p>A man’s murdered body lies face...

Emersonians surface at underground film festival

<p></p><p><strong>Lewis Savarese, Beacon Corres...

Spring Breakin’ it up in Boston

<p></p></p><p>Emerson Lions are notorious for r...

Emerson professor honors Cassavetes with short film Interfaces

<p></p><p>Tomorrow, an Emerson professor will s...

Who Shouldn’t Win Gold

<p></p><p>I work at a movie theater.  Not just ...