Tag Archive: Court System

Feb
19

Review: CHILD’S POSE

Luminita Gheorghiu in CHILD'S POSE.

American movies apply a pretty straightforward technique to devastate an audience: build up the emotion; accelerate the cutting; maybe throw in some shouting; add a swell of music; boom, you’re there. Things apparently are different in Romania. Maybe Romanians are a more patient people, or we’re seeing the remnants of a culture where, not all …

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Nov
08

John Sayles and Yolanda Ross on GO FOR SISTERS

Yolanda Ross (right), Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton dredge the Tijuana underworld in GO FOR SISTERS.

It’s back to the border for John Sayles, who in films like LONE STAR has explored the distinctive tensions that brew in the towns that neighbor to Mexico. Now he’s applying that worldview to the mystery thriller in GO FOR SISTERS, the story of a parole officer (LisaGay Hamilton) whose son may be in big …

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Nov
09

Dick Cavett on DUCK SOUP

The Warmongers of 1933: The Four Marx Bros. celebrate armed conflict in DUCK SOUP.

The late sixties had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show. So when the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society at Fordham Law here in New York invited …

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Oct
23

The Forum Film Festival in NYC Closes with DUCK SOUP and Short Film Awards

I had to do it. The Forum Film Festival, run by the Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School was screening GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney’s dramatic reenactment of the clash between broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and the commie-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, and had invited me to interview actor …

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Aug
23

Temple of Bad: AN AMERICAN CAROL

Wrong thinking is punishable. Extremely right thinking will be as quickly rewarded: Kelsey Grammer (right) tries to show Kevin P. Farley the error of his ways in AN AMERICAN CAROL.

Could there be a movie so inanely scripted, so ineptly produced, so all-around awful that it confounds even the staunch acolytes of the Temple of Bad? Uh, yes. Yes there is, and it’s the topic of our latest episode. AN AMERICAN CAROL was intended to serve as a counterbalance to the perceived liberal tilt of …

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Apr
26

Tribeca 2012 Diary: ANY DAY NOW Director Travis Fine

Sometimes the 70’s weren’t about wide lapels and avocado-colored kitchen appliances. Sometimes they were about ignorance, fear, and bigotry. In Any Day Now, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) rescue a teen with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) from his abusive mother, but when they try to make their de facto family legal, the …

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Feb
25

ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN: Indie on Demand Movie Review

Trying something new here: a radio show evocatively titled Indie on Demand Movie Reviews. They’re short, snappy reviews of indie films that have recently been released on-demand. This episode’s on the gritty Brazilian police/political thriller, ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN; new eps will post on a weekly basis. Check it out and let me know …

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Nov
30

Cyril Tuschi on KHODORKOVSKY

Nowhere Near a Gilded Cage: Mikhail Khodorkovsky in custody in KHODORKOVSKY.

“World’s richest political prisoner,” now there’s a term you don’t hear much. And while OWS can make a case that there are select representatives of the 1% that deserve to see the inside of jail cell, in the case of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, now serving time in his home country for charges of tax …

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Nov
11

José Padilha on ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN

Wagner Moura in ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN.

Like DIRTY HARRY with a social conscience, the Brazilian film ELITE SQUAD: THE ENEMY WITHIN manages to kick all kinds of righteous ass while delving into the pernicious effect of corruption on those allegedly pledged with looking after the public welfare. The follow-up to 2007’s ELITE SQUAD, ENEMY WITHIN picks up Rio de Janeiro’s hard-line …

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Oct
03

Cinefantastique Spotlight: DREAM HOUSE

Not Your Average Fix'r Up'r: Daniel Craig stands at the precipice of his fracturing sanity in DREAM HOUSE.

Winner of this year’s Ironic Film Title ribbon (SARAH PALIN: THE UNDEFEATED was disqualified for failure to complete a term — talk about ironic) DREAM HOUSE marks director Jim Sheridan’s attempt to explore the world of the psychological thriller, with a few surprising twists thrown in along the way. The tale of man whose family …

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