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A.J. Goldmann’s Twenty-Five Best Films of the 21st Century

But not presented in any particular order

Why The New York Times, in their own June 9th ranking of the twenty-five best films of the twenty-first century, felt the need to take this moment to reflect on the best cinema of our still-young century is anyone’s guess. My suspicion is that they are just starved for content during the summer months, traditionally the worst time for serious-minded moviegoers, although there are some promising ... more >

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“Stalker”: Andrei Tarkovsky, Faith and the Soviet Union

Early in "Stalker," Andrei Tarkovsky’s newly re-released 1979 futurescape, a character known only as The Writer (Anatoly Solonitsyn) recaps the virtues of the Middle Ages. Unlike modern times with their defeating way of explaining everything, centuries past were flavored by the prevalence of mystery. Every house had its own goblin. In the film’s dreary Soviet house the goblin has a name, ... more >

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Susie Singer Carter short gaining traction on fest circuit

The Cannes Festival was held May 17-27, 2017

(this is the follow-up piece to Rudy Cecera's interview with the director from earlier this year) Susie Singer Carter has much to be proud. Not only is “My mom and the girl” racking up palm leaves all over the U.S. but it also received recognition at the Cannes Festival in May. In fact, her short film got two separate nods, the the “Jury Winner Honorable Mention LGBTQ Winner at The American ... more >

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SHORT NOTICE: lots of laughter in very little time in “Lemon”

Written and directed by Timothy Michael Cooper

Many short films tend to be comedy-oriented but not all of them are funny. An exception is “Lemon,” which was shown as part of shorts program at the last Tribeca Festival. In the twelve minutes that make up its length I found myself laughing more often than I do during some feature-length films. Written and directed by Timothy Michael Cooper (“Concierge: The Series”) “Lemon” provide a breath of ... more >