Archives for November 2013


Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal injured

It happened on the set of "Nightcrawler"

Acting ain't always a walk in the park. Thirty two year-old actor Jake Gyllenhaal, nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for his role in "Brokeback Mountain" recently needed "many" stitches after an accident while on a shoot for "Nightcrawler" (directed by Dan Gilroy) according to his publicist Mara Buxbaum. "While Jake was shooting a very intense scene, his character was supposed to throw a punch ... more >

Rising from the Ashes

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DOC: “Rising from Ashes”

Narrated by Forest Whitaker
Directed by T.C. Johnstone

Stasis is ignorance and mobility is enlightenment in T.C. Johnstone's "Rising From Ashes," a documentary about the Rwandan Olympic cycling team which uses the wheel of the bicycle as a metaphor for the way we live, learn, grow and co-exist amidst individual and systemic horrors. The team's coach, cycling legend Jonathan Boyer (referred to throughout as "Jock"), knows much about how to win a ... more >


Oscilloscope Labs
Directed by Lofty Nathan
(to be released in early 2014)

To Baltimore residents the 12 O'Clock Boys are hooligans, a group of black bikers who like to do wheelies at high-speed weaving in and out of through traffic and impressively evading the hamstrung police who must adhere to a no-chase policy in order to maintain public safety. Yet they are heroes to Pug, a bright, young adolescent living in the city's dangerous Westside neighborhood with his ... more >


Today's his lucky day
Bruce Dern and Will Forte
Directed by Alexander Payne

In “Nebraska” Omaha-born director Alexander Payne is right back where he belongs. His last film, “The Descendants,” (REVIEW) aimed to capture the secret turmoil of seemingly-zen Hawaiians—misery in paradise—but it registered more like picture-perfect George Clooney sulking through a picture-perfect vacation. Even at its most poignant, the tropical setting made the pathos feel forced. Here, the ... more >


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Blue is the Warmest Color

Quat'sous Films, Wild Bunch
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

PARIS - Abdellatif Kechiche’s new film is well-made, possibly deserving its Palme d’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival, but It. Is. Too. Long. The first hour is breathtaking in its precise description of Adèle (played by the remarkable Adèle Exarchopoulos--PROFILE), adrift in adolescent yearnings and not having found her foothold in the real world, who becomes conscious of her attraction to women ... more >