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2008-10-14 06:00:27

By David Carr One of the pleasures of flying out of Newark, New Jersey - and there are so many - is the epic view of Manhattan, that soaring bulwark of affluence and might just off the coast of America. But on Friday, when we pulled out for points west just after sunrise, I imagined all the brick-and-mortar ambition sinking into the rivers that encircle it. No need to ask why so glum, not with everybody watching their retirement plans pirouette down a black hole. Each passing day has...

2008-10-10 18:00:22

By ROBERT NOTT The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low- Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love edited by David Sterritt and John Anderson, Da Capo Press, 240 pages There was a time when B movies weren't respected. Now we celebrate them at every turn, probably because A movies so often disappoint us. As critic Stephanie Zacharek notes in her review of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's 2007 exploitation film Grindhouse, which is...

2008-10-10 12:00:23

Metacafe(R) and Microcinema International today unveiled finalists for MetaFest 2008, a juried online and offline film festival presenting the best in international creative and contemporary short-form video entertainment. Short-film enthusiasts are invited to vote for their favorite between now and October 31, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. PDT at www.metacafe.com/metafest/finalists/. The filmmaker whose work is chosen as the Online Audience Favorite will be awarded $1,000 cash and DVD selections from...

2008-10-01 21:00:15

By JOEY POLINO For years, the idea of Big Brother has populated countless Hollywood thrillers and best-selling novels. With the advance of technology in the recent decade, the thrillers have grown more and more frequent. "Eagle Eye" is such a thriller. Also popular in Hollywood of late is the "video game plot" technique where more and more of the plot is revealed as the movie goes on. "Eagle Eye's" usage of a plot like this may have been its downfall from being an intriguing thriller to...

2008-09-27 09:00:20

By Victor Gordon THEY made the blood curdle, the spine chill, the hair stand on end. But Hammer Films, whose gory productions died a death in the 1970s when TV killed off the cinema until its resurrection in the late 20th century lives again - in Ireland! The final nail has been extracted from the Hammer coffin and the makers of all things horrific have risen from their tomb, and turned up in dear old Donegal for its first film in three decades. The new film is a grave production...

2008-09-25 00:00:21

It's hard to believe now, in an age of round-the-clock shock television and films that push the boundaries of what can and can't be shown on screen, but a film made by a British TV comedy outfit nearly 30 years ago still gets people hot under the collar. When it was first released in cinemas, Monty Python's Life of Brian caused one of the biggest furores in cinema history. Its critics said its off-kilter depiction of Biblical events was blasphemous. Its fans said they were missing the...

2008-09-18 12:00:25

By Kerry McKittrick Some Like It Hot, When Harry Met Sally and Groundhog Day are just some of the films on the list of the Greatest Comedy Movies of All Time as voted by the viewers of all time. Yes, they're all American, but from across the pond the list also features the likes of Bridget Jones' Diary, The Full Monty and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If they do this poll again in 50 years time, you can't help wondering if the likes of Scary Movie, There's Something About Mary,...

2008-09-07 15:00:16

By DUANE DUDEK Toronto -- The genre film is alive and well and living at the Toronto International Film Festival. For reasons having to do with good things enduring -- or a shortage of fresh ideas -- filmmakers with films showing here have flocked to familiar forms like comfort food. And while each adheres to aspects of their respective genres, none of them renews them beyond recognition. Spike Lee's "Miracle of St. Anna" is a World War II picture from the rarely seen perspective of...

2008-09-05 09:00:23

As previously announced, Big Screen Entertainment Group (OTC:BSEG) will post the company's 2007-2008 financial report and consolidated financials through the OTCIQ portal, a service for disseminating financial information run by Pink OTC Markets (www.pinksheets.com). BSEG will post the report, as well as other relevant company information no later than the close of business on Friday, September 5th. The OTCIQ service enables publicly traded companies, such as BSEG, to achieve...

2008-09-04 09:00:27

CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Army National Guard and Fresh Films, the nation's leading teen filmmaking competition, announce the launch a documentary film initiative, NG Docs. This new program was developed to give young filmmakers the opportunity to capture the real people, places, and experiences of the Army National Guard through their own lens. This October, aspiring documentarians will get a unique look at the people and places that make up the Army National Guard. No sets,...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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