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Frankenstein – National Theatre on YouTube

Frankenstein – National Theatre on YouTube

            by Hazen Cuyler   Hideous and scarred and abandoned, a nameless creature roams the countryside. He’s shaped like a man and educated by a blind, retired professor over the course of a year. After learning of love, The...

National Theatre’s Twelfth Night on YouTube

National Theatre’s Twelfth Night on YouTube

        By Hazen Cuyler   Continuing their efforts to battle our theater-deprived quarantine blues, The National Theatre’s showcase this week is William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Directed by Simon Godwin, featuring a fantastic cast and only...

Fosse/Verdon at 92Y

Fosse/Verdon at 92Y

  By: Shoshana Medney The 92nd Street Y hosted a one-night-only Fosse/Verdon screening and conversation at the Kaufmann Concert Hall. The evening was headlined by Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Nicole Fosse, Steven Levenson and...

Journey’s End

Journey’s End

Opening in Theatres March 16     By Ron Fassler   There isn’t a shot fired until seventy minutes into the war drama Journey’s End, British director Saul Dibb’s new film version of R.C. Sherriff’s old play. First produced ninety years ago in London, and...

John Turturro Talks Serpico on the Tribeca FF Red Carpet

John Turturro Talks Serpico on the Tribeca FF Red Carpet

  by Carole Di Tosti   John Turturro appears in a pivotal moment in Antonino D’Ambrosio’s fascinating documentary Frank Serpico. Turturro reads from Bertolt Brecht’s play Galileo and draws a profound comparison between Galileo and Serpico.Both Galileo and Serpico...

Tribeca Talks: Barbra Streisand With Robert Rodriguez

Tribeca Talks: Barbra Streisand With Robert Rodriguez

      by Carole Di Tosti   After Barbra Streisand’s standing ovation at BMCC for Tribeca Film Festival’s Tribeca Talks: Barbra Streisand With Robert Rodriguez, Rodriguez shared that when he first met Streisand, he was star-struck. “No one has ever...

Debra Winger,Tracy Letts Shine -Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet

Debra Winger,Tracy Letts Shine -Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet

    by Carole Di Tosti   Debra Winger and Tracy Letts were on the Red Carpet for the World Premiere of The Lovers, Saturday, 22 April. The Lovers written and directed by Azazel Jacobs is a human comedy about marriage, love relationships, faithfulness,...

Asbury Short Film Concert – Manhattan

Asbury Short Film Concert – Manhattan

        by Marilyn Lester   How many times have you, like the organizers of the Asbury Short Film Concert, watched the Academy Awards, noted the short film category, and wondered: where are these films being shown? Why haven’t I seen any of...

Rubble Kings – a documentary slice of gang life

Rubble Kings – a documentary slice of gang life

    By Marcina Zaccaria     Opening June 19, Rubble Kings, a documentary presented by Saboteur Media, presents a slice of gang life in New York City. Narrated by John Leguizamo, the film depicts the tough neighborhoods of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and...

Moreno at the Palace

Moreno at the Palace

    By Eric J. Grimm   On February 23, at the legendary Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted a screening of the 1961 Academy Award-winning movie musical West Side Story featuring a pre-screening discussion with Rita Moreno, who won...

Don’t **** With My City: Los Angeles Plays Itself

Don’t **** With My City: Los Angeles Plays Itself

      By Eric J. Grimm   Recently a friend asked me to name my favorite scenes in movies set in Los Angeles so she could visit the places where they were filmed. I drew a blank. I could think of tons of places to visit from films set in New York but...

American Hustle

American Hustle

    by: Eric J. Grimm     Directed by David O. Russell. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence.   David O. Russell’s sloppy filmmaking often works for contemporary films. His Silver Linings Playbook was fun, even...

Her

Her

    by: Eric J. Grimm   Directed by Spike Jonze. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson.   I can’t think of a working actor I like more than Joaquin Phoenix. Like rapper Kanye West, his well-publicized personal exploits are deeply...

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

      by: Eric J. Grimm   Directed by John Lee Hancock. Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.   I went into Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, a dramatized account of production meetings leading to the creation of one of their most beloved films, Mary...

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

    by: Eric J. Grimm     Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, F. Murray Abraham, and John Goodman.   Like Alexander Payne, the Coen Brothers seem hellbent on showing audiences how awful it is to be ordinary and...

Philomena

Philomena

      by: Eric J. Grimm     Directed by Stephen Frears - Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan It seems like films “inspired by a true story” are in no short supply this year. I get it. Real life is often stranger and more fascinating than fiction....

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

    by: Eric J. Grimm       Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, and Sabrina Ferilli   I have to fully disclose that I walked out of the The Great Beauty. This, perhaps, means I should not review the film,...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

    by: Eric J. Grimm       Directed by Justin Chadwick. Starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.   Biopics are tricky business and I have yet to see one this year that sells me on the format. Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Walk to Freedom,...

Nebraska

Nebraska

  by Eric J. Grimm Directed by Alexander Payne. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach.   Alexander Payne movies have gotten progressively worse and more Oscar-baiting since his wonderful debut film, Citizen Ruth, in...

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

by: Eric J. Grimm       Directed by Hayao Miyazaki  Hayao Miyazaki's final film stirs up a great many emotions for me. Here is a film that contains some of the greatest visual and sound work of his rich career, but feels incomplete. Perhaps I can give...

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave

    by: Eric J. Grimm Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael Fassbender. Steve McQueen set out to make a film that accurately depicts the horrors of slavery and he seems to have succeeded. 12 Years a Slave is a...

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

    Directed by Jean-Marc Valee. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner. by: Eric J. Grimm A story as technically fascinating as Ron Woodruff's deserves extensive exploration through a book or a documentary, not the lame hatchet job it...

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

  by: Eric J. Grimm Directed by Paul Greengrass. Starring Tom Hanks. Paul Greengrass is not bound by the rules of action filmmaking and given the perfect storm of recognizable true story, an audience's ignorance of the particulars of said story, and a well-known...

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

    by: Eric J. Grimm Co-written and directed by John Krokidas. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, and Ben Foster.       The pornographic obsession with The Beats isn't coming to an end anytime soon. After last year's...

Gravity  – another point of view

Gravity – another point of view

by: Eric J. Grimm I really want to hate Alfonso Cuaron's smash hit, Gravity, and there are plenty of reasons why I should. The film's plot, a tired tale of a bio-medical engineer with plenty of emotional baggage, who struggles to survive in space as debris destroys...

Gravity

Gravity

  by Joshua Desjardins Space...The Final Frontier... No.  I’m not talking about the voyages of the starship Enterprise.  I’m talking, of course, about the new Alfonso Cuaron film, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  To say this movie blew me...

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