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Cole Smithey
Manhattan
The Smartest Film Critic in the World
Interests: Film, Jazz Guitar, Teaching, Craft Beer, Great Food, Travel.
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Additions to the Cannes 2017 Selection Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
AFI SILVER THEATRE WEEKLY PROGRAMMING UPDATE: APRIL 28, 2017 Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Under the presidency of the Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar, the Jury for the 70th Festival de Cannes will be made up of eight key figures from the 7th Art, coming from all over the world. Four women and four men will thus help Pedro Almodóvar select from among the films in Competition. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th May at the Closing Ceremony, following which the Palme d’or will be awarded in the presence of the winning team. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
MAY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK! — Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro, Blow Out, Zatoichi and timeless classics (that were booed at Cannes)! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
New York, NY (April 18, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Laura Poitras’s Risk will have its North American premiere as the Closing Night selection of Art of the Real, FSLC’s essential showcase for boundary-pushing nonfiction film, on May 2. The festival opens this Thursday, April 20, with Theo Anthony’s Rat Film; the complete lineup, featuring an eclectic, globe-spanning host of premieres and discoveries, can be found here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Michael Cera, Antichrist, Tatsuya Nakadai on his films, and Split Screen! Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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One man's kink is the same as a woman's in the big bad world of BDSM. Films from William Friedkin, Luis Buñuel, Steven Shainberg, David Cronenberg, Nicholas Wendig Refn, and David Lynch provide this sexy video essay with meat for kink. You might want a fork and a spoon. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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For its 70th festival, Cannes breaks with its well-guarded tradition of opening the festival with a Hollywood movie. Festival regular Arnaud Desplechin takes that significant honor with “Ismael’s Ghosts,” about a filmmaker (played by Mathieu Amalric) whose life is upended when a lover from his past shows up as he’s about to start shooting his latest picture. Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Louis Garrel also star Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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For its 70th festival, Cannes breaks with its well-guarded tradition of opening the festival with a Hollywood movie. Festival regular Arnaud Desplechin takes that significant honor with “Ismael’s Ghosts,” about a filmmaker (played by Mathieu Amalric) whose life is upended when a lover from his past shows up as he’s about to start shooting his latest picture. Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Louis Garrel also star. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Phone video captured a United Airlines passenger being dragged off an airplane for refusing to be bumped after he had boarded. The airline said the flight was overbooked (lie) but it highlighted the practice of selling the same seat twice. Why can’t the rest of us do the same thing? Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Laura Poitras's new documentary [about Julian Assange] premiered at Cannes last year where I saw the film in a packed house on the croisette. Global action heroes don't come any smarter or more composed than Julian Assange in the face of massive corporate and political malfeasance. "Risk" arrives this summer. If you only see one documentary this year, make sure it's RISK. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Either Donnie Yen is drinking from the fountain of youth, or someone took a lot of liberties with this painting for "XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE." Either way, the watercolor is a nice touch. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Coupla weeks ago, I speculated that we may soon witness the end of the Democratic Party as we know it. I was kind. I didn’t mention the fact that the party is all out of national leaders. I mean, can you name a likely, viable Democratic candidate for president in 2020? Can you name three? I followed up with more crystal-balling in a piece predicting that the meek will not inherit the earth if and when Trump gets dragged out of 1600 Penn by Senatorial impeachment police. The meek — the Democrats — could have/should have been the Anti-Trump Party. But they’ve dropped the ball. After the deluge, Paul Ryan. With everyone so focused on the Trump Administration dead pool — how will he go? when? — we’re overlooking that Republicans could come out of the Trump debacle stronger than they went in. How crazy is that? Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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This one is in post-9/11 cadence: why do liberals hate Trump so much? It’s his style. This being about politics, one would think — would hope — that the president’s atrocious Watergate-level poll numbers were the result of his self-evident idiocy, Muslim-bashing, far-right cabinet and court picks and his policies. Rancid as they are, Trump’s politics don’t seem to be the main reason he riles up so many Democrats. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Ted Kotcheff’s “Wake In Fright” is an unsettling psychological thriller unlike any other film ever made. It captures the complete mental breakdown of a character in surreal yet viscerally physical terms, while encompassing Australia’s social attitudes and behavior, in a lawless Outback environment. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Cole Smithey says thanks to his first Patreon supporter. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Democrats aren’t used to fighting so they’re understandably nervous about taking on Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster. The good news for them is, it won’t work. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Premiering May 17th on Spike TV, "I Am Heath Ledger" is essential viewing for any fan of Heath Ledger. I only met him once, but I'll never forget it. I'm really looking forward to this doc. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Neruda” is a fascinating movie for any number of reasons. Although it doesn’t articulate as much of Pablo Neruda’s heartbreakingly sublime poetry as the film could have, it provides valuable insight into a man whose gift for words was equal to his lust fo Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Here's the first still from François Ozon's upcoming picture L'AMANT DOUBLE. Love Ozon! It doesn't hurt that the picture stars Jacqueline Bisset, Marine Vacth, and Jérémie Renier. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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"Chasing The Trane" opens in New York City on April 14. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
John Hurt appears in one of his final film performances in the upcoming film from IFC, opposite Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, and Freddie Highmore. "The Journey" is scheduled for release on June 17, 2017. Spall plays Ian Paisley, and Meaney plays Martin McGuinness in this historic drama about overcoming political divisions. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival Poster is here! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The four films presented here form a dominant harmony of ‘70s era independent movies from filmmakers operating on the fringe of Global Cinema. Les Blank, Werner Rainer Fassbinder, Costa-Gavras, and John Waters are all maverick filmmakers whose non-traditional approaches bounce off one another in this specially curated collection with personal, political, and social resonance against the technology-driven global realities of 2017. You won't find any cell phones here, just some heavy doses of nitty-gritty humanity.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles