Audrey Kupferberg

Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Audrey Kupferberg: A Coffee In Berlin

Every once in a while, a film comes along that dares to withhold facts, to keep its intentions as a guessing game, even as the final credits are being displayed.  Such a film is Jan Ole Gerster’s award-winning German feature A COFFEE IN BERLIN, also known as OH BOY!  Since this is Gerster’s first feature film, it is no wonder that it has taken some bit of time for it to catch on in the United States.  With an original German theatrical release in late 2012, A COFFEE IN BERLIN didn’t arrive in U.S. cinemas until June 2014. At its widest release here, it only played in twelve theaters and brought in only $150,000.  Even in Europe, the film played mainly at festivals, where it has won a good number of prestige awards, and theatrically it only grossed $2,600,000.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: A NYC Holiday Offering - MoMA Exhibit - Bert Williams Film

If you plan a trip into Manhattan this holiday season, be sure to take a look at the beautiful Fifth Avenue windows and see the live Radio City Christmas Spectacular if you have a mind to do so. But if the film lover in you is bursting to come to the surface, be sure to leave some time to experience a holiday treat designed especially for pop culturists, American entertainment historians and film enthusiasts.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Caligari Restoration

The term “film restoration” has lost its excitement.  More often than not, when a new DVD or Blu-ray of an older film is touted as being “restored,” it only means that a minimally different version has been digitally mastered.  It’s a ploy to have consumers purchase yet another copy of the same title.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Halloween Movies For The Faint Of Heart!

  When the trick-or-treaters have returned to their respective homes to sort through their goodies, it is time to dim the lights and watch Halloween movies.  Many will choose from among the scariest films ever made.  John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, an influential slasher film from 1978, and its seven sequels will light up the screens of many of our television sets.  Other celebrants might choose a splatter film, such as Herschell Gordon Lewis’s BLOOD FEAST.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Happy Valley

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh possibly has forsaken a very successful career in feature film production in favor of the mini-series format for cable, video, and streaming.  He has made several strong comments about the advantages of creating dramas that are not chained to a two to three hour format.  With his ten-hour Cinemax series, THE KNICK, he shows the advantages of the longer running time.

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Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Summer Under The Stars

During the month of August, Turner Classic Movies is celebrating Hollywood and international stardom with its annual Summer Under the Stars series.  Today, for many film enthusiasts—particularly young viewers-- choosing a movie often is based on its genre, special effects, or franchise.  Decades ago, during the golden age of the studio system, filmgoers targeted their movie choices by the star names that appeared on theater marquees.

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Vicious

For more than 100 years, stereotypes have been a fixture in developing comedy routines in popular entertainment…the fat Italian man who belches garlic, the Fagan-like Jew who sits under a single weak light bulb counting gold coins, the dumb blonde, the lazy Latino who perpetually is seeking siesta, and the African American who fractures the English language and is afraid of his own shadow.  Today, most would agree that these are not only inaccurate representations, but indeed are offensive and obsolete tools for creating comedy.

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: "Alan Partridge" And Max Linder Comedies

Rainy afternoons and summer nights when darkness has fallen are fitting times to sit indoors and see film comedies.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Fading Gigolo

When I heard that John Turturro had written and directed a film—a film starring himself AND Woody Allen, no less—I was excited to see it.  Well, this week I saw it, and boy did my balloon burst. 

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Arts & Culture
3:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Audrey Kupferberg: Big-Screen And Small-Screen Entertainment

Since last month, big-screen viewing has been a mix of awesome and disappointing.  The two films I most was looking forward to were Wes Anderson’s THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and Darren Aronofky’s NOAH.  Both were outstanding visually but in need of script doctoring.

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