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Gordon Clapp - 23rd Annual Night Of 100 Stars Black Tie Dinner Viewing Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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Chloe Sevigny, Celebration, Gordon Clapp and Natasha Lyonne - Chloe Sevigny, Gordon Clapp and Natasha Lyonne New York City, USA - Cast party and celebration for the New Group's World Premiere production of 'Blood from a Stone' held at 404 party space Thursday 6th January 2011

Chloe Sevigny, Celebration, Gordon Clapp and Natasha Lyonne
Chloe Sevigny and Celebration
Chloe Sevigny and Celebration
Chloe Sevigny and Celebration
Chloe Sevigny and Celebration
Chloe Sevigny and Celebration

Taking Chance Review


Excellent
Military reverence has long been one of the classic movie themes, to the point that it is now one of the most frequently mishandled subjects. It is difficult to make a soldier movie that avoids formulaic sentimentality and traditional heroism to the sound of a bugle call. Even more difficult is to make a military film that uncovers something most audiences have never seen, to open viewers up to the intimate unknown. Taking Chance successfully does both; it dissects minute military details that take place far away from the battlefield and exposes us to procedures that both fascinate and enlighten. It is quiet, engaging, and surprisingly affecting.

The film is unique in its keen attention to the minutiae of the U.S. military's body transfer process. Taking Chance is almost exclusively interested in the power of ambiguous observation. Sure, there is a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but narrative isn't necessarily the film's foremost preoccupation; this is a movie that thrives on intimate characterization and quiet scrutiny.

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Gordon Clapp Friday 6th June 2008 2008 Hero Awards at the Universal Hilton Los Angeles, California

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Gordon Clapp Thursday 29th May 2008 The Salvation Army 2nd Annual Celebrity Invitational Golf Classic at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, California

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Gordon Clapp and The Game Sunday 23rd September 2007 The Game Plan world premiere held at El Capitan Theatre Los Angeles, California

Gordon Clapp and The Game
Gordon Clapp and The Game
Gordon Clapp and The Game

Eight Men Out Review


Excellent
When the White Sox lost the 1919 World Series, baseball's first scandal was born. We've seen bigger and better rows since then, but the Black Sox of 1919, with star player "Shoeless" Joe Jackson front and center, might be the most timeless. Cusack steals the show as George Weaver, who protested his innocence all the way. But it's the stories (Sayles's best film) of how baseball mistreated its stars and how gangs ran just about everything in Chicago that make the movie worthwhile.

Rules Of Engagement Review


Terrible
The best thing about being a critic is getting to see unreleased films weeks and sometimes months before the general audience does. The toughest thing about being a critic is being subjected to the waste products of the movie industry, run by conglomerates that wouldn't know a Cronenberg film from a bottle of Heineken.

Rules of Engagement is one of these waste products: pulling together a great cast, a great story idea, and a great director, then letting it all fall apart into a mess of things I wouldn't even blame Joel Schumacher for.

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Sunshine State Review


Very Good
One prominent theme has run through the recent work of maverick filmmaker John Sayles: the search for identity. A need to belong. A desire to know one's place in the world. Within Sayles's trademark ensemble pieces, characters try to define themselves, with many at a crossroads in their lives... whether they know it or not. Most of the beauty and irony with which Sayles tells their tales is present in Sunshine State, but Sayles's narrative is a bit short in comparison to his previous opuses.

The brilliance of Sayles's stories is that he places these people within a much bigger parallel -- a geographical or cultural landscape that's changing as much as its inhabitants are. In City of Hope, it was an unnamed New Jersey city with political problems. In Lone Star -- in my opinion, Sayles's true masterpiece -- it was an evolving Texas border town. In Sunshine State, it's the fictional town of Delrona Beach, a sleepy Florida locale whose land and people are in the process of being overrun by shrewd real estate developers.

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Sunshine State Review


Good

Another utterly captivating John Sayles ensemble piece with an incredible sense of a particular place and its personality, "Sunshine State" manifests the winds of change and uncertainty blowing mightily over a humble island township off the Florida panhandle that has been targeted for ravenous resort development.

Like "Lone Star," "Limbo" and other films from the iconic independent writer-director, this one transports you into the soul of its community through smaller pieces of the whole. Sayles paints a larger picture through the lives of individual denizens who are each struggling with a choice between the rich heritage of their fading pocket berg and the big money being offered by developers.

Some are rediscovering a spiritual connection to the town, like Angela Bassett, who plays a refugee from the island's black community, which made the place thrive in the 1940s before its culture began fading away with desegregation. She couldn't get away fast enough as a teenager -- although that might have been because she was pregnant and her parents were sending her away whether she liked it or not. She became an actress but never made it past infomercials. Now she has returned to visit her estranged mother (Mary Alice) for the first time with her handsome, affluent new husband (James McDaniel) on her arm.

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Rules of Engagement Movie Review

Rules of Engagement Movie Review

The best thing about being a critic is getting to see unreleased films weeks and...

Sunshine State Movie Review

Sunshine State Movie Review

One prominent theme has run through the recent work of maverick filmmaker John Sayles: the...

Sunshine State Movie Review

Sunshine State Movie Review

Another utterly captivating John Sayles ensemble piece with an incredible sense of a particular place...

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