Rafer Guzman

Takeaway Film Contributor

Rafer Guzman appears in the following:

Movie Date: Morning Glory

Monday, November 15, 2010

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Kristen and Rafer's weekly disagreement returns as they debate "Morning Glory," along with morning news shows, a few movies about journalists, and ways to tell if a movie was made several years ago and only released recently.

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Movie Date: 127 Hours

Monday, November 08, 2010

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Kristen and Rafer discuss the upcoming "127 Hours," films primarily about single characters, and the exact circumstances under which Kristen thought she might lose her lunch during the film.

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Movie Date: Holiday Movie Preview

Monday, November 01, 2010

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A look ahead to the movies coming out over the holiday season, some of them hoping for love at The Oscars. Rafer and Kristen start from Saw-3D and quickly move on to the (better) films they're looking forward to in the next few months.

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Movie Date: Ghosts and Movies

Monday, October 25, 2010

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With special guest Mary Ann Winkowski, paranormal investigator, Rafer and Kristen talk about the ghosts that show up in Hollywood films.

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'Paranormal Activity 2': Through the Eyes of a Paranormal Investigator

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Paranormal Activity 2" is arguably the most highly anticipated horror movie sequel of the year. Like its predecessor, it follows regular people who are being haunted by menacing spirits. In an attempt to determine what’s really happening, the protagonists set up cameras in their home. But they inevitably find that the truth is scarier than anything they imagined.

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Movie Date: 'Hereafter'

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Rafer and Kristin discuss Clint Eastwood's new film 'Hereafter' and the way American cinema deals with death and the afterlife.  

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Movie Date: Nuthouse Movies

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen look at this week's "It's Kind Of A Funny Story" and the history of movies set in psych wards, insane asylums and cuckoo's nests.

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Movie Date: The Social Network

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen discuss this past weekend's hit, "The Social Network."

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ... or Does It?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Today, one of the greatest screen villains of the past quarter century returns in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

This time, Gordon Gekko, again played by Michael Douglas, returns to the investment banking world just in time to see it crash and burn ... and of course, in time to benefit from it crashing and burning.

But while some fans of Gekko and "Wall Street" are thrilled with the prospect of a sequel, we’re more interested in knowing whether the movie is good, the facts accurate, and what we might learn from it.

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Movie Date: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen (and special guest New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story) discuss "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

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Movie Date: Easy A

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen discuss "Easy A" and the history of teen sex comedies.

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Turns Out Joaquin Phoenix is Still Here

Friday, September 17, 2010

In February 2009, audiences watched with equal parts glee and horror as Academy Award nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix appeared to have a meltdown during an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." The actor, unrecognizable behind a unruly beard, dark glasses, and a belly, had everyone wondering whether another star was burning out or if it was some sort of hoax. Now the truth has come out. Yesterday, Casey Affleck, Phoenix's brother-in-law and director of "I'm Still Here," a so-called documentary about Phoenix's downfall, announced yesterday that Phoenix's behavior over the last two years has been part of an elaborate performance for the film. Newsday and Takeaway film critic Rafer Guzman has seen "I'm Still Here," and explains if this was a prank, performance art, or something else entirely.

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Movie Date: I'm Still Here

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen look at the recent strange tale of Joaquin Phoenix in what might (or might not) be a hoax documentary, "I'm Still Here."

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Movie Date: Machete

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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Kristen and Rafer look at 'Machete': its over-the-top violence, serious political message and "Mexploitation" aesthetic.

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For the Love of Clooney

Friday, September 03, 2010

The newest George Clooney vehicle, "The American," opened nationwide on Wednesday, and critics expect huge audiences in the coming days. Clooney plays an assassin, holed up in Italy for one last assignment. Given the film's star, one can expect intrigue and romance along the way, but does the newest Clooney film really show Clooney at his best? And what, exactly, is Clooney at his best?  

We look back at Clooney’s films with two people who know his work well, and we’re asking, what's the best version of Clooney, and what makes Clooney's appeal is so broad?

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Movie Date: 'The Last Exorcism'

Monday, August 30, 2010

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Equally scared and entertained by "The Last Exorcism," Rafer and Kristen discuss low-budget horror movies, and what can make them so effective.

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Movie Date: Jennifer Aniston

Monday, August 23, 2010

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Inspired by this week's "The Switch," Rafer and Kristen consider Jennifer Aniston's highly varied filmography

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Fall Movie Preview: Affleck, Allen, Fincher, 'Tron: Legacy'

Friday, August 20, 2010

It’s been a brutal summer for movie-goers, with only a few memorable hits and one or two Oscar contenders. Takeaway film contributor and Newsday critic, Rafer Guzman assures us that it will all be getting better soon. He walks us through the movies he’s most looking forward to this fall.

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Movie Date: Eat Pray Love

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Rafer and Kristen discuss "Eat Pray Love" and the surprising gender-based role reversals it contains.

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Does 'The Expendables' Mean the End of the Macho Man?

Friday, August 13, 2010

This weekend’s big movie releases include a highly anticipated adaptation of woman's mid-life memoir, and a highly anticipated adaptation of a comic-book about an angsty musician in love. 

But alongside the self-discovery depicted in “Eat, Pray, Love” and the sensitivity of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” theater-goers have one other big option to choose from: "The Expendables," a violent, punching, shooting, yelling testosterone-fest.

But there’s something funny about "The Expendables." Specifically, all the stars are washed-up geriatric '80s action heroes, including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and a short cameo by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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