AUTHOR | Saïdeh Pakravan

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The name is Connery. Sean Connery.

One of the world's most loved and respected actor has passed on

And of course, the other name is Bond. Hearing about his death at ninety and reading about his career brings forth more memories that one thought were there. But a quick mind shuffle for images of other major actors conjures nothing like what Sean Connery has given us over the years. Sleek and urbane and one-of-a-kind in the Bond franchise, full of dry humor and grit in the Indiana Jones series, ... more >

The cast is heavies central and Aaron Sorkin directs, are you thinking what we’re thinking? “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

This film is airing currently
Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp and Sacha Baron Cohen
Directed by Aaron Sorkin

Some critics have faulted as “too good” the new Aaron Sorkin film aired on Netflix after a short theater run. To be sure, it can be considered slick. It’s about the trial of the leaders of the unrest in Chicago during the August 1968 Democratic Party’s convention in Chicago by yippies, hippies, Black Panther and generally unkempt many thousands gathered in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. “Chicago 7” may ... more >

David Attenborough’s “A life on our planet” | REVIEW

Documentary / Biography
David Attenborough and Max Hughes
Directed by David Attenborough

At ninety-three Sir David Attenborough speaks and moves and thinks like someone at least two decades younger. An absolute lover of our planet, he has traveled over every inch of it time and time again and probably knows more than anyone alive about every life form, animal or plant and the evolution and transformation of every bit of the earth’s crust. Netflix is currently airing his new ... more >

OPINION: HBO’s undistinguished response to society’s greatest ill

People are imbeciles. That’s the message I get from HBO in its statement saying that it is pulling “Gone with the Wind” from its streaming service. It’s supposed to mean that the present turmoil will no longer allow the black population to be disparaged or humiliated. Other messages may be that people’s feathers are too delicate to be ruffled or, alternatively, why show ugly things when we can ... more >

TRIBECA SHORTS : “Query” (at first, it was a bromance, then it wasn’t)

USA | 9 MINUTES

(in this series we present five short films slated for premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival) Co-writer/director Sophie Kargman’s "Query" was selected to world premiere at this year’s recently postponed Oscar-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival, which is due to be shown online in the coming months to select audiences. The film questions how heterosexuality is formed. It stars Justice Smith ... more >

Covid-19 claims the life of Paris-based Iranian documentary filmmaker

Kioumars Derambakhsh, the Iranian director, documentary maker and still photographer, died in Paris of COVID 19, on March 31st. During his long career, his many interests and wide culture caused him to direct a number of documentaries on a range of subjects, (including a thirteen-episode series on the drawings of Eugène Flandin, famed French 19th-century traveler to Iran, or ancient Armenian ... more >

ACTOR Max Von Sydow leaves us, he was 90

A number of movie goers will surely identify with me when I say that, Swedish actor Max Von Sydow, who died on March 8th at the age ninety, has been part of my committed film-lover’s life for as far back as I can remember. His tall-as-a-tree lean—-later gnarled--body, his long face more and more gloomy as the years went by, were part of innumerable experiences, from the most esoteric Ingmar ... more >