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“Get Me Roger Stone” Film Review: Get Your Hate On!

Hey, all you angry progressive liberals, this is your film – to engage your rage. Hey, all you angry lovers of noble and decent democracy, this is your film – to reinforce your sense of injustice. Hey all you morally conscious idealists who imagine a level political field and fair play, get ready to get your hate on! And ALSO all you Republicans, and Libertarians, and you stubborn Trump-defenders: this film is full of quotable, self-satisfying defenses sure to infuriate your naïve, liberal friends who love to hate on you. There is something for every political animal in this movie. And animal may be the key word in that sentence.

“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” Review — That’s Entertainment!

The opening night film at Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, directed by Chris Perkel – in his directorial debut. The new film premiered at Madison Square Garden, followed by a live performance by several of the musical greats featured in the film – Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, Barry Manilow, Carly Simon, and Dionne Warwick. Quite a splashy opening for “downtown” Tribeca. First question is always: Why is this the opening night film and is it justified? I have previously found fault with such choices, because they are often made with profit-making motives taking precedence over artistic merit or relevance of subject, but in this case, I am surprised to report: Yes, this was a good choice, and worthy.

“Take Me” and “Hounds of Love” Film Reviews: Blondes-Bound-in-Basement Movies

There are two films I’ve seen so far at TribecaFilm Festival 2017 that have very significant similarities – they both center around a pretty blonde woman getting kidnapped, tied up, stuffed into someone’s basement, and abused. Both are also directorial debuts, btw. One is called Hounds of Love, an Australian drama written and directed by Ben Young. The other is called Take Me, an American film written by Mike Makowsky and directed by Pat Healy (who also plays the leading role). That movie lets the audience figure out if it is a crime thriller or a slapstick farce.

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Tribeca 2017 Reviews: What to See and Skip: Helen Highly Brief

I am working on some of my typically long, in-depth essays about several of the films that are being screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2017, but I thought I’d try to post a short and sweet overview/glimpse that might be of use to people in New York who may actually be choosing which films to see. At the least, here’s a brief taste of my mini reviews of several of this year’s flicks:

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“Get Me Roger Stone” Film Review: Get Your Hate On!

Hey, all you angry progressive liberals, this is your film – to engage your rage. Hey, all you angry lovers of noble and decent democracy, this is your film – to reinforce your sense of injustice. Hey all you morally conscious idealists who imagine a level political field and fair play, get ready to get your hate on! And ALSO all you Republicans, and Libertarians, and you stubborn Trump-defenders: this film is full of quotable, self-satisfying defenses sure to infuriate your naïve, liberal friends who love to hate on you. There is something for every political animal in this movie. And animal may be the key word in that sentence.

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2017 Tribeca Filmmaker Profile: Rainer Sarnet (November)

Based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp, ‘November’ tells the story of a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. Director Rainer Sarnet elevates his film above mere period drama, sprinkling the fable of peasant girl Liina’s doomed romance with Hans with generous amounts of humor, and enriching its earthy fairytale milieu with

Support Documentary For Women By Women

For the past few years a silent sexual revolution has been taking place. More than half of American women use a vibrator. Research suggests that women may be even less suitable for monogamy than men. For years women have been sexually objectified in magazines, on TV and daily life. But what happens when the roles

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10 Things You’re Doing Wrong In Your Screenplay

You have spent tens of hours (and probably hundreds of dollars on ridiculously expensive coffee) over your computer, typing like a maniac, trying to convince yourself this is the time you are going to have your breakthrough: this script will make it to a director’s hands and this time next year you will be walking

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MoMA & Film Society Announces Full 2017 New Directors/New Films Lineup

The 46th annual New Directors/New Films 46th annual New Directors/New Films will take place March 15-26 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art, New York City. This year’s lineup boasts eight North American premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five

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2017 Tribeca Filmmaker Profile: Rainer Sarnet (November)

Based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp, ‘November’ tells the story of a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam. Director Rainer Sarnet elevates his film above mere period drama, sprinkling the fable of peasant girl Liina’s doomed romance with Hans with generous amounts of humor, and enriching its earthy fairytale milieu with

Oscar Nominated Iranian Filmmaker Barred From Ceremony; Academy Responds

Asghar Farhadi, the Academy Award winning Director of ‘A Separation’, currently nominated in the best foreign language film category for ‘The Salesman,’ has been barred from entering the US from Iran due to the newly implemented Immigration restrictions. On 29 January, the Academy released the following statement in solidarity with Asghar: The Academy celebrates achievement

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SXSW & TFF 2016: Starz Wins Bidding War for My Blind Brother Distribution

Starz has picked up Sophie Goodhart’s romantic comedy, My Blind Brother, which premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival and also played at Tribeca Film Festival, Variety reports. The magazine says that the acquisition “will likely be the biggest sale out of this year’s South by Southwest” and is estimated to be in the low seven-figure range. The comedy was reportedly

HP Power Up Festival: Visual Effects in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Everything about Manhattan’s Milk Studios, from its clean, curving white walls and pillars, to its expansive plate-glass windows that leave the space bathed in light, breathes sleekness and smooth, cutting-edge professionalism. So Kyle McCulloch, standing on a polished wooden stage flanked on either side by two enormous flat-screen TVs, found himself in the perfect place

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