Archives for September 2013



A bite-size take on the Toronto Fest that was

Film excellence at the Toronto International Film Festival which ended Sunday was on full display, reminding us why cinema is also called the seventh art, a qualifier a critic can’t always use nowadays. British director Steve McQueen’s superb “12 Years a Slave” which won the prestigious audience award is already a front-runner contender for an Academy Award. Other great films were Geoffrey ... more >

Men at Lunch

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Fantastic Beasts to be adapted for screen

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. partner up again

Although the books which got turned into the "Harry Potter" franchise have reached their ending some time ago, Warner Bros won't be coming short of ideas to continue the adventure in sorcerers and wizardy anytime soon: with a payday of $ 1 billion worldwide, the studio cannot be blame, likely, for not giving up on one of its most lucrative franchises. After adapting all the J.K. Rowling books, the ... more >

The Patience Stone

The successful film adaptation of the namesake novel
Golshifteh Farahani and Hamid Djavadan
Directed by Atiq Rahimi

The Persian story goes, when your heart is filled with sorrow, find a patience stone or syngué sabour that will listen as you talk to it until it can take no more and bursts into pieces, lifting that weight from your shoulders and leaving you free. This well-known legend has been written up any number of times, including by Iranian novelist Sadegh Chubak, and filmed at least once, in 1968. It is ... more >

Museum Hours

On the power of art to shape our lives
Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer and Ela Piplits
Directed by Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours” is a contemplative, leisurely look at the world of art as a parallel to ours. A loose narrative pulls together the director’s musings on the correspondence between the two. The story, such as it is, introduces us to a Canadian woman (singer Mary Margaret O'Hara) who travels to Vienna to visit a cousin she hasn’t seen in years and who has fallen in a deep coma with little ... more >

Starlet Movie


[Cre Film]
Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson and Boonee
Directed by Sean Baker

In the department of gems to discover, “Starlet,” by Sean Baker. Once in a while we’re lucky enough to come upon an excellent film that had somehow slid under our radar screen. I’m thinking “Tiny Furniture,” showered with awards at indie film festivals, written about, lauded but attracting only a small audience. As a writer, I was green with envy when I finally saw it. How can an author be so ... more >