Archives for March 2019


Film history in brief : 1935’s “The Informer,” directed by John Ford

Produced by RKO Radio Pictures

It’s 1920 and Ireland is at war with the British during the War of Independence. Gypo (Victor McLaglen) snitches on a sinn fein militant, eventually getting fingered, and attacked. He stumbles into a church and dies. Directed by John Ford, "The Informer" was made in spite of the producers (RKO Pictures) having major doubts about its commercial prospects. And yet, the film was hailed, at the ... more >

Benoît Jacquot’s “Dernier Amour,” yawn

An aging casanova finds love? Who can resist this?
Vincent Lindon and Stacy Martin
Directed by Benoit Jacquot

If there have been more boring recent films than Benoît Jacquot’s “Last Love,” ("Dernier Amour" in the French original) none readily comes to mind. Though one must admit that it’s a feat in itself to have such rich material to deal with and to turn it into a yawn-inducing couple of hours. The last fling of the maestro of love himself, Giacomo Casanova, (and, if the script based on the Venetian ... more >

“Diane,” or when you come to grips with your present and the past gives you a jolt of bitterness

"Diane" premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Mary Kay Place, Jake Lacy and Estelle Parsons
Directed by Kent Jones

For Diane (Mary Kay Place), a kind of selfless stoic, everyone else comes first. Generous but with little patience for self-pity, she spends her days checking in on sick friends, volunteering at her local soup kitchen, and trying courageously to save her troubled, drug-addicted adult son (Jake Lacy) from himself. But beneath her unending routine of self-sacrifice, Diane is struggling with her own ... more >

“Twin” to be featured at next SERIES MANIA

8 Ep. / 45 min.
Language: Norwegian
Produced by Nordisk Film Production

(TV/Netflix) "Twin," a much-anticipated drama series that includes the dramatic and picturesque settings of Lofoten in Norway, will be shown at Series Mania, a festival that's launching in Lille France, tomorrow. The lead actor is Kristofer Hivju, best-known outside of Norway for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in "Game of Thrones." Besides starring in the series Hivju, also co-created ... more >

HOTEL MUMBAI, walking back uneasy to the scene of the crime

Film premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival
Armie Hammer, Dev Patel and Nazanin Boniadi
Directed by Anthony Maras

“Hotel Mumbai” is based on real events that took place in November 2008, when ten members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani Islamic terrorist organization, carried out an insanely-bold series of attacks on Mumbai, starting from the rail station and making their way to the Taj hotel where a number of guests were staying, including American ones. A thriller directed by Anthony Maras and ... more >

THINGS YOUR FILM SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR DIDN’T TEACH YOU : Talking with Ondi Timoner of “Mapplethorpe”

"Mapplethorpe" comes out in theaters today
Hari Nef, Matt Smith and Brian Stokes Mitchell
Directed by Ondi Timoner

Filmmaker Ondi Timoner felt the best way to tell the story of Robert Mapplethorpe was in a narrative-versus-documentary format. Mapplethorpe, the vaunted New York photograper who died of AIDS in 1989, was well-known for his photographs of controversial material, including of New York’s gay scene, and for his early marriage to rocker Patti Smith. “I don’t tend to make documentaries about people ... more >

ICEMAN (“Der Mann aus dem Eis”)

Discover the first unsolved murder case in the history of mankind
Jürgen Vogel, André Hennicke and Susanne Wuest
Directed by Felix Randau

When the perfectly-preserved body of a Stone Age man was found in the Ötztal Alps in 1991, it became a world sensation. "Ötzi" (renamed Kelab) was so well-preserved, in fact, that one could draw several different conclusions about his life and his violent passing. These hypotheses now make up the template of this new Felix Randau-directed film, and result in a gripping drama starring Jürgen Vogel ... more >