Friday, December 15, 2017

JEFF OF THE CINEFILES & UNFINISHED BUSINESS: HALL OF FAME: FILE #0050: SON OF SAUL (2016)



Directed By: Nemes Laszlo 
Written By: Nemes Laszlo & Clara Royer 
Cinematography By: Matyas Erdley 
Editor: Matthieu Taponier 

Cast: Geza Rohrig, Levente Molnar, Urs Rechn 


Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive.

SILKWOOD (1983)



Directed By: Mike Nichols 
Written By: Nora Ephron & Alice Arlen 
Cinematography By: Miroslav Ondricek 
Editor: Sam O’Steen 


Cast: Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell, Bruce McGill, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Fred Ward, Craig T. Nelson, Josef Sommer, Charles Hallahan, Alice Arlen, James Rebhorn, Ray Baker, Anthony Heald, Bill Cobbs, Will Patton, Tess Harper, M. Emmett Walsh 


Fairly accurate recounting of the story of Karen Silkwood, the Oklahoma nuclear-plant worker who blew the whistle on dangerous practices at the Kerr-McGee plant and who died under circumstances which are still under debate.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2016)



Written & Directed By: Mike Mills 
Cinematography By: Sean Porter 
Editor: Leslie Jones 


Cast: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Alison Elliott, Alia Shawkat 


The story of a teenage boy, his mother, and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979. The film is semi-autobiographical, according to Michael Mills. The main cast members are based on one or multiple influences upon Mills from his childhood. Annette Bening's character in particular is based partly on his mother, but with the emphasis on Bening's particular spin on her character.

YEAR OF THE DOG (2007)



Written & Directed By: Mike White 
Cinematography By: Tim Orr 
Editor: Dody Dorn 


Cast: Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Peter Sarsgaard, John C. Reilly, Regina King, Josh Pais, Thomas McCarthy, Liza Weil, Christy Lynn Moore 


Peggy is single, childless, in her 40s, a lonely executive assistant in a friendly office. Her dog Pencil is the love of her life, and when he dies after eating some sort of toxin, Peggy's life spins out of her control: a friendly neighbor invites her for dinner; a friendly staff member at her vet's calls with an abused dog he recommends she adopt - she does, and also finds herself attracted to this fellow. She becomes a vegan, supports animal-rights causes, and embroils her brother's young children in these concerns. Saving dogs and other animals become such a passion that her mental health and her job may be in danger. Are regaining control and finding love beyond her reach?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (2017)



Directed By: Miguel Arteta 
Written By: Mike White 
Cinematography By: Wyatt Garfield 
Editor: Jay Deuby 


Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevingy, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, David Warshofsky 


An holistic medicine woman spends her life absorbing the pain of all those unfortunates that she comes in contact with while attempting to heal them. She is invited to a dinner party by a client/friend when her car breaks down putting the hostess in the awkward position of having Beatriz join a dinner party with people whose lives are foreign to hers and she begins her judgement of them all. She is self absorbed and incapable of self healing. She forces her opinions on the group and for such a healer as herself has no difficulty inflicting violence on the group as a whole and finally on herself.

SOME FREAKS (2016)




Written & Directed By: Ian MacAllister McDonald 
Cinematography By: Joseph Zizzo 
Editor: Jonathan Melin & Joel Plotch 


Cast: Thomas Mann, Marin Ireland, Elise Hudson, Lachlan Buchanan, Ely Henry, Lily Mae Harrington 

A charming romance develops between a boy with one eye and an overweight girl, though when she loses her weight after going to college, their relationship is tested in devastating ways they never dreamed would happen.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)


Directed By: Chris Peckover 
Written By: Chris Peckover & Zack Khan 
Story By: Zack Khan 
Cinematography By: Carl Robertson 
Editor: Julie-Ann DeRuvo 

Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Dacre Montgomery, Aleks Mikic, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton 


When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke, she's caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.