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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Hannah Arendt

When German director Margarethe von Trotta makes a film, I rush to see it.  Her previous works include powerful portrayals of strong-minded women who come up against the Establishment and boldly act to change society as they see it.  She is a fine director, writer, and actress whose films go back to New German Cinema.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Rob Edelman: JFK Plus 50

President John F. Kennedy addresses Congress
Credit Public Domain

Back in September, a new film titled PARKLAND very quickly made the rounds of the film festival circuit, screening at Venice, Toronto, and elsewhere. Then in October, PARKLAND opened theatrically. Even before coming to movie houses, its November 5 DVD release date was announced. From a marketing standpoint, all of this makes perfect sense. That is because PARKLAND is an ensemble piece which recounts the chaos that occurred in Dallas, Texas, five decades ago this month, upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Rob Edelman: Top Films, and Selling Films

Two of the very best films of the year currently are playing in movie theaters-- and raking in big bucks at the box office.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Rob Edelman: Sustaining Yourself

 How do young actors who are fortunate enough to win fame by starring in booming movie franchises maintain their careers once those franchises fade into history?

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Rob Edelman: Last Tuesday Is Ancient History

Upon first seeing the word “vampire” in the description of ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, the latest Jim Jarmusch film, which was screened this year at the Toronto Film Festival, I thought to myself, “Oh, no. Not another vampire film.” And furthermore, is Jarmusch just being trendy here? Is he looking to latch onto the coattails of the TWILIGHT franchise by making a film about creatures who subsist by sucking the blood of living beings?

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Arts & Culture
3:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Audrey Kupferberg: Stories We Tell

Sarah Polley’s unusual documentary, STORIES WE TELL, was released on DVD earlier this month.  It is an outstanding genre piece and a fascinating study of human behavior.  If one views it as a low-budget Canadian production about a Canadian show-business family, it might just get lost in the shuffle of Fall video releases.  That would be a shame, because STORIES WE TELL has plenty to say—and a very creative way of saying it!

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Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Rob Edelman: History Come To Life

One of the highlights of the just-concluded Toronto Film Festival is a film with an upstate New York connection. And you can be sure that, come the end of the year, it deservedly will be atop a host of critics’ ten-best-films lists and deservedly will garner a host of Academy Award nominations.

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Arts & Culture
12:45 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Rob Edelman: NOW!

In the film world, as in so many aspects of contemporary culture, all that exists is: Now. Right now! And nothing else matters.

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Arts & Culture
12:49 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Rob Edelman: Three Decades Past

Years ago, “older” films that were screened at film festivals included newly-restored versions of silent films or classic Depression-era features: in other words, films that were produced years if not decades before the births of Baby Boomer cineastes.

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Arts & Culture
12:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rob Edelman: Toronto 2013

The Toronto Film Festival, which runs ten days each September, has become the unofficial starting point of the Academy Awards season. If you wish a first look at some of the films that will be Oscar contenders early next year, Toronto will be your destination-- not to mention the festivals that run almost concurrently in Venice and Telluride.

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