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Miguel Rodriguez ( migueldavidr )

Comments made by Miguel Rodriguez

Entertainment News: AMC To Let Kids Into Unrated Doc 'Bully'

I really have to give AMC proper credit for this move. I know that ticket sales are decent motivation, but that doesn't negate any other, more altruistic motivations.

March 29, 2012 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Bullhead'

This film is a great example of implied violence yielding devastating effects on the viewer.

March 25, 2012 at 9:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Feature: 'The Hunger Games'

I mentioned the similarities to Battle Royale in my review of the books for Cinema Junkie back in June. Frankly, that comparison has been made countless times on countless other blogs and it is now tired. Their similarities are quite glaring, that is true, but they are also very different.

I actually do believe Suzanne Collins's claims that she had never heard of Battle Royale when she wrote her story. It is still obscure to people who don't actively seek out non-mainstream films.

March 23, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl In Hollywood'

Thanks for reading! I think you'd be interested in seeing some of Loy's silent film work. She pulled it off SO magnificently--there's no vestige of Nora Charles in those eyes!

March 1, 2012 at 10:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl In Hollywood'

AAhhhh! Mrs. Blandings! I should have included Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House in the suggested viewing. At least it's now in the comments section.

Thank you for reading my review! Leider's book is worth reading for any movie fan. Doesn't Myrna Loy just eat the camera for breakfast?

March 1, 2012 at 10:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weekend Preview: Aphrodisiac Dinner Parties To Titanic Museum Exhibits

Peking Duck SD--She is so great! She lights up that particular short :)

February 10, 2012 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weekend Preview: Aphrodisiac Dinner Parties To Titanic Museum Exhibits

I am very grateful that my Women in Horror event was included in this discussion! It is refreshing to know that KPBS recognizes events like this, which may seem strange upon first glance. A lot of hard work, ingenuity, and creativity goes into the genre work I chose to spotlight. I hope many people give it a chance.

By the way, there is NO ADMISSION COST for this event. The theater portion will begin promptly at 8pm. You can learn more at www.hifilmfest.com

Thank you again! I'm thrilled!

February 9, 2012 at 8:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rants and Raves: A Month of Celebration

I have just added the English short film "Switch" by Melanie Light! That's 16 short films, all for free!

February 3, 2012 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Black Film Festival

Anyone who is not a straight white male is ABSOLUTELY underrepresented in Hollywood. How could a person be so completely blind to the experiences of anyone other than the dominate representation of people in the movies? It's INSANE! The Black Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, Latino Film Festival, and my own upcoming event celebrating women filmmakers don't reinforce old attitudes at all. What an absolute misunderstanding of their mission!

The filmmakers who get screened at those festivals have little to no chance of getting screened elsewhere. There are several reasons for this, but no small reason is the fact that Hollywood is still extremely biased in favor of Caucasian protagonists. Having a film festival highlight the work of a particular group of people allows those people to have a louder collective voice that would be inaudible in a traditional setting.

The fact that the great white hero travesty known as The Help is seen as a best picture of the year only goes to show how much Hollywood needs to diversify. Black characters can't even be the main players in their own stories--we need an Emma Stone to hold their hands!

January 29, 2012 at 3:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Book Review: 'Step Right Up: I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America'

Also, I hope everyone is checking out Beth's radio piece with William Castle, in which she interviews his daughter Terry Castle!
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/oct/26/...

October 26, 2011 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )