Film & Movies

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY  CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

For audiences who follow PBS documentaries, the disturbing news from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus comes as no surprise to find that America’s favorite fish, the wild Alaskan King salmon and other varieties of salmon are now in danger of becoming extinct. He begins his film with the intriguing film graphic warning: “There is a […]

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse). The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young […]

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO                             PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains”, is a first in many categories for the emerging and fledgling movie industry of Kyrgzstan, in Central Asia. It took the vision of former Kyrgzstan politician Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, who harbored the desire from boyhood to become a motion picture director to take the plunge; leaving behind a successful career […]

TWO MINI-REVIEWS OF FOREIGN FILMS NOW IN RELEASE

TWO MINI-REVIEWS OF FOREIGN FILMS NOW IN RELEASE

“The Circle” (Der Kreis”), is Switzerland’s Official submission for the 87th Academy Awards, come February 2015.  It’s a bold choice when one considers the story that director Stefan Haupt wants to tell.  Everyone loves “a love story”, that’s true.  Hollywood built a world cinema empire on love stories.  But not everyone loves those stories when […]

BRILLIANT BRITISH SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING’S LIFE BECOMES A COMPELLING MOVIE DRAMA

BRILLIANT BRITISH SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING’S LIFE BECOMES                       A COMPELLING MOVIE DRAMA

Biopics of extraordinary people can be extremely moving and rewarding for movie audience. Biopics of extraordinary, living people, however, can be downright daunting and intimidating for the actors involved in creating and bringing the story to the screen. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director James Marsh, of the romantic drama “The Theory of Everything”, starring Eddie […]

Happy 80th Birthday – Loren & Bardot

Happy 80th Birthday – Loren & Bardot

They were the dream girls of an entire generation, goddesses of cinema – now the last living divas are 80 years old! Sophia Loren today, September 20 and  Brigitte Bardot on September 28th.  BRIGITTE BARDOT She grew up in a middle-class family, father a entrepreneur.  At 15, she is a photo model, breakthrough on the cover of […]

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