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ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD AT CALIF. HOME

He was the Lion of the Hollywood agora
He was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, IL.

The 2000s had been difficult for Robin Williams who was found dead yesterday at his home in California at age 63. That decade did not yield any major successes for the actor who wore bittersweetness on his sleeve and made poetry out of life’s daily vexations. He earned one Oscar in 1998, a feat that happens rarely, if not at all, for most actors and directors (it took Scorsese forty years to ... more >

Menahem Golan, film producing icon, dead at 85

Big and brash films characterized his style
He produced "Terminator 2"
He's survived by his wife and three children

"Golan-Globus ..." To this critic who grew up in the eighties in France in a decade when "La Boum" and "Un homme et une femme" where big, the hyphenated combo held the promise of cinematic thrills and brash entertainment: high stakes cop-vs-bad guys intrigues, meatheads in military gear knocking doors down and car chases aplenty. This was Hollywood at its best, making money without the obscenely ... more >

What now? Remind me

E Agora? Lembra-me (original title)
Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel
Directed by Joaquim Pinto

What can you do when you know that death is approaching? Joaquim Pinto contracted HIV and hepatitis C twenty years ago. In this film-diary which he directed he reveals his innermost thoughts as he lines up one difficult day with another, powerless to do anything about his debilitating afflictions. And yet, his documentary is less about the philosophical implications of life and death as it is, ... more >

Bahman_Mohassess

TRAILER | Fifi howls from happiness

[documentary]
Directed by Mitra Farahani
[Musicbox Films]

For those of you in the New York area look for a screening of this new documentary about sculptor and painter Bahman Mohassess, an artist from Iran who's lived in exile and seclusion in Italy for thirty years until his untimely passing in 2010. "Fifi howls from happiness" was slated for release on Friday. Paris-based filmmaker Mitra Farahani spent time at his Italy-based studio discussing his ... more >

BOOM KAPOW | IT’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Are C.G. asteroid sets under timeshare agreement?
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper
Directed by James Gunn

As a critic it’s important to remember that there have always been bad movies. While Godard was at his peak and Arthur Penn and Warren Beatty were making "Bonnie and Clyde," Hollywood was unrolling horrible Cold War spoofs and beach blanket movies. The bad fade. The good last. It gets really hard sometimes. I tried to keep that in mind while suffering through "Guardians of the Galaxy," the ... more >