NYFF52 in the Rearview: Maps to the Stars (2014)

A little late but, alas, there is a lot to say about my adventures at Lincoln Center for the 52 annual… [more]

NYFF52 in the Rearview: Maps to the Stars (2014) NYFF52 in the Rearview: Maps to the Stars (2014)

Looking Ahead …

I am going to keep this one short and sweet. I am certain to see a lot more than this quick list I compiled,… [more]

Looking Ahead … Looking Ahead ...

A (VERY) Late Mid Year Review of 2014 in Film

Honestly, when I started to think about this post, my initial thought was - Geez, this year has been… [more]

A (VERY) Late Mid Year Review of 2014 in Film A (VERY) Late Mid Year Review of 2014 in Film

Good Night, Betty

With sultry looks and a voice to match, Lauren Bacall epitomized the allure, glamor and resilience required… [more]

Good Night, Betty Good Night, Betty

“Talk to Me” and Get a Free DVD for Your Troubles!

Released in 2007, Talk to Me tells the story of Washington, D.C. radio icon Ralph "Petey" Greene (1931-1984),… [more]

“Talk to Me” and Get a Free DVD for Your Troubles! "Talk to Me" and Get a Free DVD for Your Troubles!

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NYFF52 in the Rearview: Maps to the Stars (2014)

A little late but, alas, there is a lot to say about my adventures at Lincoln Center for the 52 annual New York Film Festival. I start with my take on David Cronenberg's latest feature - Maps to the Stars. Penned by Bruce Wagner (an L.A. native), this film is a cutting satire about Hollywood and … [Read More...]

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Scary Movie, Part I: The Innocents (1961)

This post is the first in my two-part Scary Movie(s) series to "honor" the rapidly-approaching Halloween festivities. Today I will offer for your consideration a frightfully classic Gothic ghost story - The Innocents, a British production from the year 1961. Originally released in the UK release … [Read More...]

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Personal Commentary: Taking a Critical Look …

Editor's Note: Sorry ahead of time for the lack of coherence in this post. Just decided to have a brain dump :) Oftentimes I find myself examining how (and why) I look critically at the films I watch. Even though I am still rather "consumer-selective;" as a result, I am naturally able to … [Read More...]

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On Now: NYFF52

Oh yeah there is the tiny little matter of the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival kicking off this weekend. Hopefully it will not be as confrontational as last year, when I attended a screening of Blue is the Warmest Color and post-screening was 'approached' by someone questioning why I was … [Read More...]

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ILC Quick Take: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them is the feature-film debut for director Ned Benson. Originally set up as two longer films, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, respectively, the film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. We open with … [Read More...]

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Festivals, Festivals Everywhere!

Hi All! First things first -- massive apologies for the absence as of late (save some intermittent tweeting). Truth be told, I have been in the final stages of moving house (still kinda sorta am) and it took a lot more time and energy out of me than I had anticipated. Alas, I am a little more … [Read More...]

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“Talk to Me” and Get a Free DVD for Your Troubles!

Released in 2007, Talk to Me tells the story of Washington, D.C. radio icon Ralph "Petey" Greene (1931-1984), who was an ex-con, recovering addict and community activist - and his manager Dewey Hughes, who in later years would be known as one of the founders of the Radio One urban radio … [Read More...]

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Home Viewing – Thor: The Dark World (2013)

First things first - I admit, I have yet to see any of the Thor films at the cinema. No real explanation, it just is. When I do eventually catch them, however, I must admit that I quite enjoy them; Tony Stark sums up perfectly my sentiments in this clip: I think because of the world (that of … [Read More...]

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Frank (2014), directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Boy, I love going to screenings where the filmmakers are present. They offer so much insight into what we watch. And I especially love it when like in this case, they reaffirm some of my thoughts of the film. Last week, I had the pleasure of catching Lenny Abrahamson's latest feature, Frank, … [Read More...]

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Good Night, Betty

With sultry looks and a voice to match, Lauren Bacall epitomized the allure, glamor and resilience required of the 1940s film noir heroine/femme fatale. To the masses, she is probably most recognized for her professional and personal partnership with the legendary Humphrey Bogart, but that is only … [Read More...]

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Fare Thee Well, Friend

When someone as well known and entertaining as Robin Williams passes away rather unexpectedly, the response is profound and immediate. Over the course of his vaunted career, he left audiences in fits of unbridled fits of laughter at his manic displays, but he could also reach moving, sentimental … [Read More...]