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More Ebertfest 2015

The next film shown at Ebertfest was Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood (an extraordinary film about 4 black girls, teenagers, living in a housing project in a Parisian suburb – my review here). As with many of these films, I had seen … Continue reading

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Ebertfest 2015 (Thus Far)

It’s good to be back in Champaign-Urbana for Ebertfest. This is my third year going and it’s wonderful to meet up with the same people, volunteers, staff, other guests in attendance. It has a very homey atmosphere, a family atmosphere. … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festval 2015: Gored and Among the Believers

Two more interesting documentaries playing at Tribeca: Gored, about Antonio Barrera, who has the distinction (?) of being the “most gored” matador in history – and Among the Believers, a complex and intricate documentary about the controversial (to put it … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festival 2015: In Transit (Albert Maysles’ final film)

Pioneering documentary film-maker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, and the list goes on from that stunning standpoint) died just last month. He has two films coming out posthumously, one being Iris, about Iris Apfel, the style maven with the … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festival 2015

The two festivals overlap every year, but thankfully Tribeca runs for a couple of weeks, and Ebertfest is just four jam-packed days. I’ve “covered” both before and it made me feel like I was breaking the spacetime continuum. I was … Continue reading

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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010); directed by Andrei Ujică

Of all the Eastern Bloc countries that gained independence after the spectacular fall of the Soviet Union, only in Romania were the former Communist leaders yanked down off the throne and killed. All the other leaders slunk away, unharmed. But … Continue reading

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About Elly (2009); directed by Asghar Farhadi

If you give an answer to your viewer, your film will simply finish in the movie theatre. But when you pose questions, your film actually begins after people watch it. In fact, your film will continue inside the viewer. — … Continue reading

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The Ocean of Helena Lee (2015); directed by Jim Akin

Helena Lee (Moriah Blonna) is a 12-year-old girl living with her father Micky (Tom Dunne) in the anything-goes vibrant beach community of Venice Beach. Micky is a drummer at a local strip club. He surfs. He bums around. A parade … Continue reading

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The Girl Is in Trouble (2015)

Director/writer Julius Onah is on the rise. The Girl Is in Trouble, made a couple of years ago, is his first feature, and it’s finally getting a release. Executive produced by Spike Lee. I reviewed The Girl Is in Trouble … Continue reading

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March 2015: Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 2, Episode 14 “Born Under a Bad Sign” (2007; J. Miller Tobin). A re-watch for my re-cap. Tales of Hoffmann (1952; Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger). Saw a screening of the lushly-colored new restoration print at the Film … Continue reading

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