Monthly Archives: November 2010

What type of Freedom?

Convincing character psychologies cannot pull the unsavory sense of doom and moral turpitude from this sizable tome.  Freedom (2010) authored by Jonathan Franzen waited nine years to devise the follow-up to his grand success Corrections (2001).  In 2001, he effectively … Continue reading

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More LENNONYC

Days after catching Nowhere Boy inspired by John Lennon’s childhood, I opted to get an accurate rendition of his life through director Andrew Solt’s Imagine: John Lennon (1988).  Majority of the interview footage and filmed moments were shot in an … Continue reading

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Save Your Ass Godard Style

Director Jean-Luc Godard maintained an unorthodox style past the French New Wave (late 1950s and 1960s) apex and petering years.  In 1980, he directed Every Man for Himself or Save Your Ass with a screenplay by Anne-Marie Miéville (had worked … Continue reading

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Fractures at BES

Nov. 18 – One the corner of 22nd and 11th Ave., four short films by Fractures screened at Boutique Eat Shop (BES).  From the minds of Gary Marino and Elliot Fu, Fractures considers macabre veiled in abstraction.  Each short film … Continue reading

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The unmistakable mug of Eric Roberts

Darling of cinema Julia Roberts had not been the family star always.  There was a first – her brother Eric Roberts.  A wide gap separates Roberts’s wild Daisy of Mystic Pizza (1988) performance from Eric’s strong debut in King of … Continue reading

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NY Film Premiere: Helena From The Wedding

For my piece, click here for The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy version.

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Tu Nana, Señor Silva

Live-in maids blur the traditional parent to child dynamic, but what Silva in The Maid (2009) wishes to focus upon is the threatening rupture of the triangular relationship specifically as it pertains to the maid. The film opens in dreariness.  … Continue reading

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The little festival that could – Zero Film Festival, NYC

Not too far from the Morgan L stop is Nut Roaster Studios.  It is there that a true underground happening The Zero Film Festival lives.  Founded in 2007 in Los Angeles, this is the third round for ZFF.  What makes … Continue reading

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Philip Milton Roth / Alexander Portnoy (1933 – )

Disheartened reviews plagued Roth’s newest novel Nemesis (2010); thus, it seemed appropriate to focus on one triumph Portnoy’s Complaint. It is tempting to align both the author Philip Roth and protagonist Alex Portnoy in perversity and mindsets.  Biographical details remain … Continue reading

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Extant Arts Company Unveils Ibsen’s Ghosts in Tribeca

Nov. 5 – South along Broadway many neighborhoods from the main Broadway Theater drag, venue Access Theater featured Extant Arts Company‘s Ghosts.  Directed by Sophie Hunter and adapted by Nemonie Craven, Ghosts originally conceived by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen undergoes … Continue reading

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