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Film Review: Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-Todd Haynes (“Carol”, “Far from Heaven”) has teamed up again with the collaborative and legendary DP, Edward Lachman, to bring to the screen Brian Selznick’s(who also wrote the screenplay) young adult novel about two … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Florida Project

Wonderful, endearing and creates a star out of a six-year old. The industry standard, the hallowed three-part structure of a screenplay doesn’t hold any longer. The primary “Establishing Shot” orienting the audience to the where, the who and the what, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 – ***1/2 out of **** Blade Runner 2049 is a hybrid sci-fi, film noir, police thriller, bounty –hunter pic married to a stupendous visual style that includes an eclectic collaborative effort in art direction, David Gassner’s production design, visual … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – 3 (out of 4 Stars) If you liked the original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) then you’re going to love Kingsman: The Golden Circle.  While not a Hollywood masterpiece this movie is nonstop fun, goofy and humorous with lots … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ – ***1/2 out of **** Director –writer-composer Geremy Jasper got help for his debut feature film, Patti Cake$, from the Sundance Institute’s director and screenwriter labs. A life long music freak he wrote the catchy tunes that populate the … Continue reading

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Film Review: THE ASSIGNMENT

Terrific noir thriller. Rodriguez is daring, provocative and sensational as a hitman. A must-see, so rent or buy it. According to imdb.com, veteran director Walter Hill has been very busy producing. With THE ASSIGNMENT he’s back directing. Hill has also co-written the … Continue reading

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Film Review: DETROIT

This is one unnecessarily provocative account. According to historical accounts and reenacted by director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the infamous three-day Detroit riots that began the night of July 23, 1967, started when the police raided an after-hours … Continue reading

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Book Shelf 2017: The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING By Dan Mirvish Routledge/Taylor & Francis A Focal Press Book New York 2017    Learning how to produce ultra-low-budget feature films is a demanding and complicated task. Even earning a bachelor’s degree in Film, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baby Driver

Baby Driver – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Directed by Edgar Wright, the filmmaker known for “Scott Pilgrim” and the cult comedy trifecta of “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”, has finally perfected his style to the point … Continue reading

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Film Review: It Comes At Night

The truth about any epidemics is, by the time we find out about how bad it is, it is too late. I might be paranoid and conspiracy- minded, but every rich person would be safely underground before us – the … Continue reading

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