Saturday, May 30, 2015

MAP TO THE STARS (2014)



Directed By: David Cronenberg 
Written By: Bruce Wagner 
Cinematography By: Peter Suschitzsky 
Editor: Ronald Sanders 
Music By: Howard Shore 


Cast: John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Carrie Fisher, Robert Pattinson, Evan Bird

THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD (2013)



Written & Directed By: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland 
Cinematography By: Michael Simmonds 
Editor: Robin Katz 

Cast: Kevin Kilne, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning, Max Caseslla, Bryan Batt, Sean Flynn

DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR (2003)



Directed By: Sam Weisman 
Written By: Fred Wolf & David Spade 
Cinematography By: Thomas E. Ackerman 
Editor: Roger Bondelli 


Cast: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano, Craig Bierko, Bobby Slayton, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Sasha Mitchell, Retta, Doris Roberts, Dick Van Patten, Hal Sparks, Rob Reiner, Rachel Dratch, Edie McClurg, Michael McDoanld, Kevin Farley, Ambyr Childers, Jenna Boyd, Jeff Conaway, John Farley, Scott Terra

THE DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION: PART II - THE METAL YEARS (1988)



Directed by: Penelope Spheeris 
Cinematography By: Jeff Zimmerman 
Editor: Earl Ghaffari 

Featuring: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Ozzy Obourne, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Lemmy, Paul Stanley, Brett Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Dave Mustane, Riki Rachtman

Saturday, May 23, 2015

GIRLHOOD (2015)



Written & Directed By: Celine Sciamma 
Cinematography By: Crystel Fournier 
Editor: Julien Lacheray 


Cast: Kardija Toure, Assa Syla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Toure, Idrissa Diabate, Sima Soumare, Binta Diop, Djibril Gueye, Cyril Mendy,

FOCUS (2015)



Written & Directed: Glen Ficarra & John Requa 
Cinematography By: Xavier Gorbet 
Editor: Jan Kovac 

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robie, Adrian Martinez, Rodrigo Santoro BD Wong, Gerald McRaney, Robert Taylor, Brennan Brown

IN JULY (IN JULI) (2000)



Written & Directed By: Faith Akin 
Cinematography By: Pierre Aim 
Editor: Andrew Bird 

Cast: Mortiz Bleibtreu, Christiane Paul, Branka Katic, Idil Uner, Mehmet Kurtulus, Jochen Nickel, Briol Unel, Sandra Borgmann

Saturday, May 16, 2015

SUMMER OF BLOOD (2014)



Edited, Written & Directed By: Onur Tukel 
Cinematography By: Jason Banker 


Cast: Onur Tukel, Alex Karpovsky, Max Heller, Dakota Goldhor, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Vanna Pilgrim, Juliette Fairley, Jonathan Caouette, Keith Poulson, Melodie Sisk, Jason Selvig

THE SHEIK (2014)



Edited & Directed By: Igal Hecht 
Story By: Igal Hecht, Jake Neiman & Jian Magen 
Cinematography By: Igal Hecht, Jon Corbin, Jesse Cappe & Elad Winkler 


Featuring: Bret Hart, Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Dwayne Johnson, Nikolai Volkoff, Jake Roberts, Jim Ross, Jimmy Hart, Seth Green, Jack Black, Mick Foley

BRING ME THE HEAD OF THE MACHINE GUN WOMAN (2012)



Directed By: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza 
Written By: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza & Fernanda Urrejola 
Cinematography By: Nicolas Ibieta 
Editor: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza & Nicolas Ibetia 


Cast: Ferrnanda Urrejola, Matias Oviedo, Jorge Alis, Sofia Garcia, Alex Rivera

Sunday, May 10, 2015

JEFF OF THE CINEFILES & UNFINISHED BUSINESS : HALL OF FAME: FILE #39: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2012)



Written & Directed By: Woody Allen 
Cinematography By: Darius Khondji 
Editor: Alisa Lepselter 

Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Coitllard, Corey Stall, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Sheen, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Nina Arianda, Lea Seydoux, Carla Bruni, Allison Pill, Gad Elmaleh

JOE (1970)

Cinematography & Directed By: John G. Avildsen Written By: Norman Wexler Editor: George T. Norris Cast: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon, Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue. The film seems to have a republican ideology, that seems to paint it’s leads as heroes, but also exposes their hypocrisy, Especially as they seem to be worse than those they dislike so much. What I like about this film is it doesn't make a choice. Each character who is in themselves represents an aspect of society at the time is given a fair but harsh treatment. Peter Boyle plays the title character a darker moody Archie bunker racist. Only more angry and violent. It's amazing for an actor who was more known to be more liberal and seemed to be more of a comedic actor. To portray a powerful dramatic role like this and be truly believable and mesmerizing is a feat in of itself. Especially considering he is playing the title character and doesn’t appear until 27 minutes into the film. Not only makes his presence felt throughout the rest of the film. He haunts you even after the film The characters grow more and more unlikeable as the film goes along. There is only one sacred character really and that person is barely in the film The film shows the ideological hippies and their bad side. The hippies are portrayed with an ideal but also misguided and some more as desperate criminals and junkies, just looking for money for the next high through scams and hustles. As they more or less put the women they love but don't own to work yet collect and spend all the money As the main Character breaks down he finds himself sinking to the same lows that he held himself above when it came to his unlikely friendship with the Brutish Joe. At least Joe knows who he is what is in his Character. Dennis Patrick still thinks he is civilized and above it all but when pressured he caves and proves himself to be worse as he betrays his morals and himself totally and paying the price in the end though we never get to see when he realizes it. Peter Boyle wrote a screenplay for a proposed sequel where Joe gets released from jail and has to deal with his hippie-like son. In the '80s, Cannon Pictures kept announcing each year for several years that the project was in "pre-production", though the project was ultimately scrapped. Which is interesting considering Reaction to this film disturbed actor Peter Boyle for years. He refused the lead role in The French Connection and other roles that glamorized violence after people cheered his role in this project. When i first saw the film it struck me as original, since most movies always portrayed hippies as so happy and free, almost mythical but here shows the drug addiction, the abuse, the mistreatment of women and std's from free love. Each aspect has it's valid points but it also goes their shallowness and after all the speaking about morals. It shows how fast they will drop their ideals to fit immediate needs, but the film is more he. That It shows the slow decline of the main character. The bourgeois character due to the influence mainly of his so called friend Joe really his devil’s advocate almost like his I'd. Even though he shows contempt to Joe as the movie moves forward we realize how alike the two of them are. One of the reasons I believe he film is named after him Is that though genius more of a supporting character who is in most of the scenes Peter Boyle is unforgettable in this role he was Oscar nominated and it's easy to see why as his character seems to give the film definition as he seems to be injected into scenes he isn't even in or hope to see him come back. The 70's were Boyle's heyday appearing in back to back classic films taxi driver, the candidate, hardcore his film though this one seems more or less forgotten The film is mostly about ideology until the third act where it becomes violent . The ironic thing is that in real life Boyle was a known hippie and activist. This role allows him to kind of play the enemy. It shows his range considering he usually plays comedic roles or vile villains, but that is the life of a character actor One of Susan Sarandon's earlier works it's amazing to see her so fresh faced, vibrant and young. When you have grown up with her being the embodiment of the sexy older middle aged woman. The prototype for the cougar. The film feels like it has exploitation aspirations, but succeeds more as a time capsule and a political hard hitting drama. It feels like a social issue film, but plays more as a less diabolical character piece. As you know where the story might go or at least where the characters might, but not as far as they eventually do I never saw Dennis Patrick in too many other movies after this one. He is really good in the lead. It's almost strange to watch a film about older protagonists and their journeys. These days as most films even dramas seem to be set with teenagers, 20 something's in love and the plight of the middle aged usually with special effects or a sci-fi story so it's nice to experience adult drama for a change. Even if it has to be a film from the past Grade: B+

A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWANN III (2012)





Written & Directed By: Roman Coopola 
Cinematography By: Nick Beal 
Editor: Robert Schafer 

Cast: Charlie Sheen, Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Angela Lindvall, Katheryn Winnick, Dermot Mulroney, Colleen Camp

TROOP BEVERLY HILLS (1989)



Directed By: Jeff Kanew 
Written By: Pamela Norris & Margaret Oberman 
Story By: Ava Ostern Fries 
Cinematography By: Donald E. Thorin 
Editor: Mark Melnick 

Cast: Shelly Long, Mary Gross, Stephanie Beacham, Betty Thomas, Shelly Morrison, Craig T. Nelson, Jenny Lewis, Carla Gugino, Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, Tasha Scott, Tom Wright, Cheech Marin, Robin Leach, Kareem Abdul-Jabarr, Pia Zadora

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

THE QUIET ONES (2014)



Directed By: John Pogue 
Written By: Craig Rosenberg, John Pogue & Oren Moverman 
Based on A Screenplay by: Tom De Ville 
Cinematography By: Matyas Erdely 
Editor: Glenn Garland 


Cast: Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Jared Harris, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, Laurie Calvert