Posts Tagged ‘Film’

For Ziad Doueiri, the Political is Also Personal

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Director Ziad Doueir, photo courtesy Cohen Media Group Writer-director discusses The Attack By Doug Strassler Successful doctor Amin Jaafari (Ali Suliman)’s life as he knows it ends almost as suddenly as that of his wife’s, a victim of a suicide bombing who emerges as its perpetrator in The Attack, directed by Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Douieri, who also adapted the film from Yasmina Khadra’s [&hellip
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Augustine

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Photo courtesy Music Box Films Alice Winocour’s debut marks a very suitable case for treatment By Doug Strassler We first meet Augustine - a kitchen servant, the title character of director-writer Alice Winocour’s impressive debut feature – in the middle of a major fit while working a very highbrow dinner. It’s a convulsion so severe I expected her character to die. [&hellip
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Every Day They Write the Book: Francois Ozon’s In the House

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Photo courtesy Cohen Media Group The French film is part social commentary, part unabashed soap opera It’s always nice to see a work of art that values the art of creation – particularly the act of observant writing. Such is the case with In the House, the latest satire-cum-thriller from French auteur François Ozon. Adapting Juan Mayorga’s play, House is [&hellip
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Built to Last: Jackie Robinson and Hollywood Make History Again

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-42 Review Ford Boseman Jackie Robinson and Hollywood make history again We are fortunate to have been spared Spike Lee’s take on the Jackie Robinson story, which surely would have been spiteful; emphatic about race grievance and loaded with other Spikey tangents. But Brian Helgeland has made a superb tale about Robinson’s groundbreaking desegregation of baseball through the machinations [&hellip
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An Unexpected Family: ’50 Children’ Documents a Holocaust Miracle

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

A new documentary about a bright spot in one of humanity’s darker periods premieres on HBO. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus, the new documentary by Steve Pressman, recounts the story of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Some may know of this Philadelphia couple who helped rescue, as [&hellip
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Locked Inside the Kubrick Cult

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

the-shining-maze Room 237 lets nerds shine Following the IFC Center’s very canny “The Films of Stanley Kubrick” series, comes the documentary Room 237 which sums up the Stanley Kubrick cult. Comprised of theories spoken by five different Kubrick nerds over an assemblage of movie clips and diagrams by director Rodney Ascher, Room 237 pretends to dissect [&hellip
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Cold Case

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Silence Misery finds plenty of company in ‘The Silence’ The trouble with tragedy is that it is harder than one might think for it to elicit emotion from a third party. Sometimes, an audience remains at a distance despite the harrowing event befalling the characters in front of their eyes. And so it goes with The [&hellip
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Frick or Frack?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

VAN SANT AND DAMON’S PROMISED PROPAGANDA Gus Van Sant must really be out of imagination (or horniness) to make the drab, politically slanted Promised Land. That’s two phony films in a row for Gus, following the 2010 Restless. Promised Land takes on the fracking controversy about drilling for gas in underground shale deposits, using Gus’ [&hellip
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How Do You Pronounce Quvenzhané?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

How-Do-You-Pronounce-Quvenzhane600 Celebrated indie film ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ confuses pandering with empathy In answer to the above question, “pickaninny” would be a viable option. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, from the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a lead-actor Academy Award but not because her untrained performance is extraordinary acting; it’s [&hellip
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City Arts: Frack You!

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

promised-land-mcdormand-and-damon-300x224 Documentary ‘Fracknation’ debates ‘Gasland,’ ‘Promised Land’ and the greenshirts—and wins. By Gregory Solman In Fracknation, Irish investigative journalist Phelim McAleer finds a combustible metaphor for the contrived controversy of hydraulic fracturing in the footage of the Sautner family hustlers of Pennsylvania. McAleer couldn’t politely interview the couple without Craig threatening a lawsuit (apparently emboldened by the radical National [&hellip
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