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The last word on “A Bronx Tale” by Chazz Palminteri

DRAMA/CRIME (1993)

When a kid growing up in the Bronx, Chazz Palminteri told an audience at the Bedford Playhouse recently, he was attracted to the gangster element like the one that is portrayed in "A Bronx Tale," which Palminteri wrote and starred in (this discussion, which the writer took part in, happened after the screening of the film -ed). Yes, he knew they were dangerous and theirs was a life that he didn’t ... more >

INTERVIEW: Burk Sharpless, Matt Sazama and the cast of “Lost in Space 2”

"We can all relate to this family"

The producers and showrunners insist they didn’t plan for the second season of “Lost in Space” to debut Christmas week, but a yuletide story element in the first episode of Season 2 made it a rather fortuitous happenstance. “We heard that Netflix put us in their Christmas window, because they were so excited about the audience we might get,” said series co-creator and executive producer Burk ... more >

OPINION – Hollywood movies and movies about Hollywood

Why are so many films being made about the stories and talents of yesterday?

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” garnered four nominations at the 2020 Golden Globes, including best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, best supporting actor for Brad Pitt and best screenplay and director for Tarantino.  Many, including the director, consider this film a love letter to the end of Hollywood’s golden age told through the eyes of an actor, an actress and a ... more >

TALKING WITH Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, co-filmmakers of “The Elephant Queen”

Film will play in select theaters on October 18th and begin streaming on November 1st

When making a documentary out in nature, sometimes the story will find the filmmakers along the way. Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble spent four years solidly with a small team on the African savanna following an elephant pack led by a female named Athena for their new documentary, “The Elephant Queen,” but they always wanted to do it their own way, and not have financiers dictating the direction of ... more >

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IN CONVERSATION with THE LAUNDROMAT’S Scott Z. Burns and Jake Bernstein

The Panama Papers investigation revisited for the screen

The scandal surrounding the revelations contained in the Panama Papers is labyrinthine. So complex, in fact, that Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jake Bernstein spent years unearthing the intricacies of the enmeshment of the financial system and Russian interests for his book, “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite,” ... more >

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OPINION – Could “Rambo: Last Blood” be any more tone-deaf ?

Whose Rambo is it anyway?

John Rambo’s “final” adventure is upon us, and (spoiler alert), he rides off into the sunset—no matter that he’s critically injured. Will he be back? Or has the character finally overstayed his welcome? In a word: perhaps. The fact that the “First Blood” franchise has lasted nearly forty years over five films is kind of amazing in and of itself. Unlike Rocky Balboa, John Rambo has never ... more >

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BFI London Film Festival lineup announced

Filmmaker Jessica Hausner to head First Feature Competition jury

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has announced its jury line-up for this year’s Festival Awards. The Official Competition jury is led by acclaimed Colette (LFF 2018) and Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland, whose latest film Earthquake Bird screens in this year’s Festival; the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award) jury will be headed up by Austrian director Jessica Hausner, whose ... more >