Archives for February 2020

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TALKING with the cast of “Gentefied,” the newest NETFLIX comedy

This is the first cast of characters to speak Spanglish like a boss

Much like the relationships between the native-born children and their Mexican immigrant parents in the new Netflix series “Gentefied,” many of the actors in the series grew up under similar circumstances. “I’m first-generation born here. My mom speaks English fluently and perfectly because she was actually born in the Dominican Republic but moved to New York when she was young,” said actress ... more >

REVIEW: “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael”

“In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising” - Pauline Kael

In this age of YouTube and Twitter, there is simply too much information coming at us twenty-four hours a day. Everyone with a computer is an armchair newscaster. And above all else, when it comes to films everyone is a critic. What people don’t seem to understand, or rather, what has become lost, is the truth that film criticism is, or can be, an art. No writer before nor since embodied the ... more >

Netflix announces it is cancelling the popular “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” revival after two seasons

One of the weirdest, greatest comedic series ever

The television cult hit “Mystery Science Theater 3000” ran from November 24, 1988 (where it began on KTMA-TV Minneapolis, Minnesota) until its cancelation in 1999 after three seasons at the then-new Sci-Fi Channel and seven seasons at The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central. MST3K was and is a unique television show. The simple plot being a man (Joel and later, Mike) who works as a lowly janitor for ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “Buffaloed”

Our dangerous obsession with greed
Zoe Deutch and Jai Courtney
Directed by Tanya Wexler

A grade schoolgirl grooming herself to be the next Warren Buffet. One who puts profit margin above a real education. A girl who sells hot cigarettes at her junior high-school. This behavior continues through her life as she resists the easy road and finds alternative ways to make that green. Hustle. Hustle. Hustle. And most importantly, “Don’t fuck with my money!” This is how the new social ... more >

ALA EDDINE SLIM : “In Tunisia, the army remains this hidden monster” (INTERVIEW)

Slim has won awards at the Thessaloniki and Venice Festivals

Born in Soussa, Tunisia thirty-seven years ago, a consumer mainly of ninja and Jean-Claude Van Damme VHS movies as a teenager Ala Eddine Slim came into cinema upon discovering, not without thrills, "The Sunchaser” [1996] by Michael Cimino on television, "on a Thursday evening after Special Reporter." For the last ten years he has run, along with a few close friends, a kind of collective derived ... more >

SCANDAL down in le cinéma français! The CESARS, France’s copy-and-paste version of our Oscars, in shambles after its entire board resigns

But the show must go on. The awards ceremony will take place on February 28th

"[with a view to] ... honor those involved in making cinema in 2019, to regain calm and to make the cinema festival [otherwise known as the ceremony “Les Césars”] a celebration, the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema has made the decision to resign unanimously [...]” PARIS - So read part of the press release issued by the executive board of the César Awards last ... more >

MOVIE REVIEW: “Feedback,” or when the past stands, waiting, no matter how good you have it now

And now, the grim reality
Eddie Marsan, Paul Anderson and Ivana Baquero
Directed by Pedro C. Alonso

How far would we go to protect our lives and careers and to shelter our loved ones from pain? To what lengths would we go to bury our sins? What would be the consequence if those sins are revealed? These are the questions asked and answered by the New Mexico/U.K. co-production “Feedback,” a tense and well-acted thriller that explodes with the ferocity of a shotgun blast. The cinematic ... more >