Return of the Dream Machine (TCMFF 2015)

I round out my coverage of the 2015 TCM Film Festival thanks to a mishap that resulted from inadequate… [more]

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Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor’s New Clothes

Sorry for the delay, guys. Life at the movies has been rather hectic lately. The dust has settled,… [more]

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Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

Written by Alex Garland (scribe of 2002 infected zombie thriller 28 Days Later), Ex Machina also marks… [more]

Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

Seen at Tribeca (Post 3 of ?): Indian Point

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster several years ago, increased scrutiny has piled… [more]

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Seen at Tribeca (Post 2 of ?): A Ballerina’s Tale

A Ballerina's Tale is a "behind the curtain" look at world famous American Ballet Theater soloist Misty… [more]

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Ex Machina (2015): Build it at Your Own Risk

Written by Alex Garland (scribe of 2002 infected zombie thriller 28 Days Later), Ex Machina also marks his auspicious directorial debut. The film opens with Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a milquetoast office worker at the fictional tech behemoth BlueBook; he has just won a Willie Wonka-esque 'golden … [Read More...]

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Seen at Tribeca (Post 3 of ?): Indian Point

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster several years ago, increased scrutiny has piled on the nuclear power industry. On a local level, residents, journalists and regulators alike are players in an increasingly complex environmental and regulatory space where there are raised … [Read More...]

When Misty danced the solo role Gamzatti in American Ballet Theater’s 2012 production of La Bayadère, The New York Times praised her “worldly allure” and “complexity”.
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Seen at Tribeca (Post 2 of ?): A Ballerina’s Tale

A Ballerina's Tale is a "behind the curtain" look at world famous American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland; Copeland is only the fourth African American to hold such a role in the company's history. Director Nelson George chronicles Copeland's prodigious rise from her early days in … [Read More...]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Before I go on any further, let's get a couple of things out of the way: My recap may or may not contain spoilers for anyone who has not seen Avengers: Age of Ultron at the time of this posting. That said, if I were you, I would err on the side of caution and pause on reading any further (that … [Read More...]

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Tribeca Recap (1 of ?); The Emperor’s New Clothes

Sorry for the delay, guys. Life at the movies has been rather hectic lately. The dust has settled, giving me the opportunity to sit back and reflect on my latest Tribeca Film Festival experience. First, a couple of observations: I LOVE the choice of the Regal Cinemas in Battery Park City … [Read More...]

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Return of the Dream Machine (TCMFF 2015)

I round out my coverage of the 2015 TCM Film Festival thanks to a mishap that resulted from inadequate festival planning on my part. Initially, I intended on rounding out my evening by watching William Friedkin's The French Connection. But as I exited my screening of The Apartment, I was shocked … [Read More...]

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In the Presence of a Legend (TCMFF 2015)

As with any film festival, there are so many other things to do besides actually go to the films … surprising but true, I know :) One of the things that I THANKFULLY carved out some time to attend was the one-on-one with legendary film editor, 89-year old Anne V. Coates, who has clipped films … [Read More...]

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TCMFF 2015, Continued: Rififi (1955)

Rififi, the 1955 heist thriller, is a masterful piece of filmmaking an exemplary example of the film noir genre. Directed by blacklisted (and exiled) Hollywood filmmaker Jules Dassin (The Naked City, a personal fave) I imagine Rififi was made under great duress. Before we go further, let's talk … [Read More...]

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TCMFF Recap (2): The Apartment (1960)

Well search me. As a self proclaimed Billy Wilder have I have absolutely no idea why it has taken me so long to see The Apartment. This is a really enjoyable film (understatement). I mean it hits all the right notes - acerbic wit interwoven with a very attainable romantic through point, … [Read More...]

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Tribeca Film Festival ’15 Preview

I sure as heck do not know where the time goes nowadays. No sooner was I decompressing from my trip out to Los Angeles for the TCM Film Festival, were my sights set again to my hometown (-ish) festival, Tribeca! It's the day before the official start, early screenings down and schedules … [Read More...]

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TCMFF Recap: Limelight (1952)

As I posted to my tumblr account, I indeed did have a lot of fun at the annual meetup of #OldMovieWeirdos, also known as the TCM Film Festival. Over the next week or so, my plan is to post recaps of some of my favorite films, in addition to a couple of other film-related highlights from the … [Read More...]