Archives for August 2019

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“I like me,” a hilarious comedy about the self-help craze

Sue Schaffel, Anna Fagan and Chris Kozlowski
Directed by Joshua Land

In the eighties and nineties independent film was in its heyday. Many great “human” comedies came out of this era. Before giant Hollywood romcoms, little films filled with relationship-related comedy were plentiful, with many of them being highly entertaining. Writer/director Joshua Land’s new Maryland-set film “I Like Me” (co-written by Abby Sussman) has a mid-nineties indie feel to its ... more >

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TAKE TWO – “Once upon a time in Hollywood”

Pitch perfect, maestro, pitch perfect
Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

I think cinema, I love cinema, I see a great number of films during the year and always have. If asked to list great director names, I would reply, Fellini, Bergman, Fassbinder, Kurosawa and Kubrick. Though a hundred names would barely begin to cover it. But… and oh, yes, Tarentino. Despite not much enjoying his movies—too much violence, albeit often humorous, rivers of blood, and a permanent ... more >

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LGBTQ shenanigans in the Brazilian-made “Bathroom Stalls & Parking Lots”

Welcome to the Castro
Izzy Palazzini and Oscar Mansky
Directed by Thales Corrêa

San Francisco’s Castro District is known for its historical importance in the LGBTQ community, most famously for the election of Harvey Milk as the first openly gay elected official in California’s history. The Castro is used quite differently in the new independent comedy “Bathrooms Stalls & Parking Lots.” Coming from Brazil, Leo (the film’s writer/director Thales Correa) arrives in San ... more >

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INTERVIEW with “American Factory” (premieres on Netflix today) filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

Will America become more like China or the other way around?
Distributed by Netflix

Filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar have watched as the industrial Midwest has cratered around them. High-paying factory jobs once stretched from western Pennsylvania to Michigan, providing a comfortable working-class living enabling workers to buy a home, two cars and send their children off to college. All of that changed as plants closed and jobs outsourced to Mexico and China. Those ... more >

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Peter Fonda, emblem of the sixties generation, dead at 79

Obit
1940-2019

Things sometimes don't go as planned. Peter Fonda, the handsome actor who most famously starred in 1969’s "Easy Rider," along with co-star Dennis Hopper, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles, ahead of what would've been the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the film. Fonda was 79. The man who once said, "I feel like I'm about eight years old on most days" had boyish charm and a ... more >

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“Mike Wallace is Here”

A compelling and smart documentary about one of America's toughest interviewers
Produced by Avi Belkin, John Battsek and Christopher Leggett
Directed by Avi Belkin

A talking head archival documentary to be sure, but with a subject such as Mike Wallace (who spent his career as a so-called talking head) there was no other way to film it. Wallace is, perhaps, the one man who defined television journalism. His demeanor was stern and his questions were sometimes strikingly blunt and he didn’t suffer fools gladly nor take BS answers to direct questions. Even ... more >

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From Bulgaria with love: “Aga” by Milko Lazarov

A family's tragedy set against the backdrop of nature coming undone
Running time: 96 minutes
Directed by Milko Lazarov

In a yurt in the snow-covered fields of Northeastern Siberia, Nanook (Mikhail Aprosimov) and Sedna (Feodosia Ivanova) follow the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth. Nanook and Sedna's way of life starts changing, slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes and the ... more >