Kelly Jane Torrance

In a story for this column two years ago headlined "The stories of three amigos," I talked to three directors about their strangely collaborative friendship in the competitive world of filmmaking. Published May 15, 2009

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1776
The Weekly Standard Staff
(”1776” is briefly mentioned in this.)
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1917
National Review Staff
An examination of two movies.
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Artistry depends more on storytelling than on technical skill.
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In our polarized times, with even the genders divided against each other, a joint Best Picture for Little Women and 1917 is the balm our nation needs.
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Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
(”2001: A Space Odyssey” is briefly mentioned in this.)
Star Wars, dir. by George Lucas. With Alec Guinness and Carrie Fisher.
First came the hype. That Star Wars is going to be the biggest popular film success since Jaws means very little. So every season is going to have its oversold smash hit, so what? But the difference, the new.hype, with Star Wars was its overwhelming acclaim among the critics. Usually the masses whoop it up for a Jaws while the critics go ape over Bertolucii or Fassbinder. Yet here they were in joint huzzahs, with the critic from Time flipping his wig to such an extent as to call it the best movie of the year and making Star Wars the feature of that week’s issue.
But the oddest, the most peculiar part of it was what my fellow-critics were saying: “Hurrah, a fun movie-movie”; “good escape entertainment”; “a return to good guys vs. a happy ending again”; “movie fare for the entire family”; “like Flash Gordon” etc. Here were men and women who have spent the greater, part of their lives deriding these very virtues…

Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 10.6, June 1977
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Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
(”2001: A Space Odyssey” is briefly mentioned in this.)
First came the hype. That Star Wars is going to be the biggest popular film success since Jaws means very little. So every season is going to have its oversold smash hit, so what? But the difference, the new hype, with Star Wars was its overwhelming acclaim among the critics. Usually the masses whoop it up for a Jaws while the critics go ape over Bertolucii or Fassbinder. Yet here they were in joint huzzahs, with the critic from Time flipping his wig to such an extent as to call it the best movie of the year and making Star Wars the feature of that week’s issue. But the oddest, the most peculiar part of it was what my fellow-critics were saying: “Hurrah, a fun movie-movie”; “good escape entertainment”; “a return to good guys vs. a happy ending again”; “movie fare for the entire family”; “like Flash Gordon” etc. Here were men and women who...
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The Weekly Standard Staff
<img src="http://cdn.weeklystandard.biz/cache/w640-4861fef6dde0bde701006aa6cfee3be0.jpg"/>Ah, September. The air is turning crisp. Soon leaves will show colors; the holidays are in prospect; everyone looks better in sweaters . Yours truly loves autumn and its September-to-Christmas parade. Each year we live through two days that are not September-to-Christmas to earn the privilege of each one day that is. And in September, nobody’s NFL team has yet heard the order to abandon ship. Not even the Cleveland Browns! By Halloween, a third of the NFL’s clubs will have no hope of the post
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Kelly Jane Torrance
(”2001: A Space Odyssey” is briefly mentioned in this.)

Stanley Kubrick never made an adaptation of a Philip K. D**k novel. If he had, it might have looked something like "Moon." Published July 10, 2009

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300
Andrew Klavan
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After years of declaiming against the Left’s domination of our culture, I’m startled and delighted to discover that the tide is beginning to turn. My...
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Andrew Klavan
(”300” is briefly mentioned in this.)
When it comes to deploring the leftist hegemony in Hollywood, I can deplore with the best of them. It stinks that America-bashing and God-bashing and |
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Kelly Jane Torrance
48 Hrs.
National Review Staff
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The Netflix show’s latest season proves that it can be difficult to find the sweet spot between doing what works and charting fresh territory.
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Debbie Schlussel
By Debbie Schlussel Israel’s 1976 raid on the Entebbe, Uganda airport is one of the most daring, heroic, and successful rescue missions ever. And the trailer for the movie, “7 Days in Entebbe” (Rated PG-13)–in theaters today–pretends to agree with that assessment. But it’s a bait-and-switch, a cruel tease by a poisonous snake. The movie […]
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Kelly Jane Torrance
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Most men would kill to have in their lives the women Guido Contini has in his. They range from the ethereal Nicole Kidman to the earthy Penelope Cruz, from the sassy Kate Hudson to the stately Judi Dench. Published December 25, 2009

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Kelly Jane Torrance

Hollywood observers are predicting this fall will see about a third fewer films than last fall. The season traditionally focused on Oscar contenders will be lighter — in both senses of the word — than usual. Published September 11, 2009

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