cinema

Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Rob Edelman: Mandela and Celebrity

While soaking in the coverage on CNN of the death of Nelson Mandela, I was not surprised to hear the deservedly respectful quotes from diverse political figures. Certainly, Barack Obama’s declaration that Mandela “no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages” is ever-so appropriate.

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

Audrey Kupferberg: Silent Films Survival

The silent film era from the start of the 20th Century through the end of the 1920s was a rich time in American entertainment.  Rich, poor, immigrants new to our nation—they all sought out the new and wondrous moving shadows which looked so clearly like real life.  By the mid-teens, the Hollywood studio system and movie companies in Chicago, New York, and parts of New Jersey, as well as Florida and Maine, were churning out thousands of short films and feature-length entertainments for mass consumption.

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Rob Edelman: Foreign Titles in 2013

These days, we are long-past the time in which cineastes would excitedly queue up to check out the latest work of art from a filmmaker who is not American: an Ingmar Bergman, say, or a Federico Fellini, an Akira Kurosawa, a Francois Truffaut. Today, with pitifully few exceptions, films with subtitles simply are not widely seen in the U.S. And with few exceptions-- two that come to mind are Michael Haneke and Pedro Almodovar-- there are no foreign filmmakers whose careers match the length and depth of Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Truffaut, and so many others.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Rob Edelman: Bullying In All Its Forms

Until recently, to my way of thinking, the term “bullying” referred to groups of grade school, high school, or college-age kids who singled out and picked on a solitary young person who was viewed as being weak and vulnerable. But one current media item has been much on my mind. This is coverage of the alleged harassment of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin by one or more of his teammates. So the questions here become: Are insecure children the only victims of bullying? In fact, can a 300-pound professional football player also be bullied? Is there a difference between good-natured locker room ribbing and the kind of provocation that apparently was experienced by Jonathan Martin?

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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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