Archives for April 2013



An unblinking look at a town's drug-fueled ravages
Directed by Sean Dunne

Sean Dunne's new documentary “Oxyana” was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the last Tribeca Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. Capitalizing on the current rage over oddball slice-of-life docs (see “The Queen of Versailles,”etc.), Dunne's straightforward portrait of a desolate West Virginia mining town ravaged by prescription drug abuse (Oceana, West Virginia, nicknamed “Oxyana” because of its ... more >

Steven Soderbergh has a meltdown

Soderbergh's on-stage meltdown in San Francisco

I tried to get through Steven Soderbergh's "state of cinema" address which he gave at the San Francisco Film Festival a couple of days ago--it's long. And rambling. I figured, there's an American, a filmmaker, who isn't ashamed of his intellectuality and who has made intelligent films in the past. Now he's giving an address about cinema and maybe it's going to grab me, elevate my senses. In fact ... more >

Monica Bellucci reaches milestone

Her voice is hoarse and she exudes a dramatic and troubling sort of sensuality: Monica Bellucci has made her mark on cinema--in fact, she has been making movies for over two decades. She has shot with everyone from Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola to the Wachowski Brothers. She's played a variety of roles, from Mary Magdalena to Cleopatra. On the eve of her fiftieth birthday, the face of Dolce ... more >

Tribeca and Vine

Really, really short short films also featured this year

During the 2013 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival which closed yesterday event organizers ran a competition on its website which everyone could participate in: a Vine contest, featuring videos made in the now-famous six-second format. This is a great innovation for this festival created in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff which focuses short films, documentaries, ... more >

Stand clear of the closing doors

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Beyond: Two Souls

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Sharon Badal, Short Film 2

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