Archives for March 2014


Dancing in Jaffa

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Dancing in Jaffa

Taking diplomacy to the dance-floor
Directed by Hilla Medalia

The name Pierre Dulaine might ring familiar to film lovers. His years spent teaching ballroom dancing inspired the screenplay for the feature film “Take the Lead,” (2006) starring Antonio Banderas and Liz Friedlander. In that film Dulaine, who is a quadruple-ballroom dancing world champion, launched several schools in New York and encouraged social diversity and bridging communities ... more >

Jodorowsky’s Dune

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Jodorowsky’s “Dune”

Sci-fi moviemaking--on a large scale
(Sony Classics; documentary)
Directed by Frank Pavich

"This picture was going to change the public's perceptions" (Alejandro Jodorowsky) Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Dune" project is a sci-fi geek's ultimate fantasy, the holy grail of genre movies. And yet, "Dune" exists only in the imagination: it's such a broad and complicated project (think "Avatar" crossed with Terry Gilliam's "Don Quixote") that it was never actually made. "Dune" is forever ... more >

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's best. Again.
Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori and Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the cinematic equivalent of a pastry: beautiful, exquisitely-crafted and so immensely enjoyable that it seems too good to be real. Part-homage to pre-World War II Europe, part-tribute to memory and the passage of time and part-ridiculous slapstick, "The Grand Budapest"'s greatest achievement is not in its visual perfection but its literary sensibility. ... more >

Steve McQueen’s Acceptance Speech

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It's the first time a black filmmaker gets the top nod
Full list of the winners included below

What a triumphant win for Steve McQueen, last night, for his “12 Years a Slave.” Let us hope that more black filmmakers will advance in their craft and career and reach their place in the sun some day, too (Lee Daniels and Ryan Coogler of “Fruitvale Station” have been leading the charge). The international film industry is rather too homogeneous, color-wise, so last night’s mega-win for the ... more >