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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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Prolific But Redundant — Woody’s Same Old Song and Dance Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again. His “Blue Jasmine”-experiment was an exception that resulted in an utter failure of tone. Part of the problem was... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover Continue reading
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ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU’S "BIRDMAN" TO CLOSE 52ND NYFF Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again. His “Blue Jasmine”-experiment was an exception that resulted in an utter failure of tone. Part of the problem was Cate Blanchett’s powerhouse performance that outshined the undeserving script beneath her. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Considered the “mother of the nouvelle vague,” dating back to her first film “La Pointe Courte” (1954), Agnes Varda broke new ground for the movement in 1961 with “Cleo from 5 to 7,” an unprecedented model of cinematic poetry. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Talk about brass! The United States does it everything it can to screw up Central America — and then acts surprised when desperate people show up at its front gate trying to escape the (U.S.-caused) carnage. Letting the kids stay — along with their families — is less than the least we could do. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Clueless in Gaza — We Americans Support Democracy, But Only When the Elections Go Our Way By Ted Rall “Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once,” The New York Times noted about Obama on July... Continue reading
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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 BEGINS PRODUCTION Continue reading
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Clint Eastwood Speaks About His Friend James Garner Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Rage” represents everything wrong not only with Hollywood, but with upstart hack filmmakers attempting to make a name for themselves with boiler plate scripts filled with one-dimensional characters obsessed with guns and killing. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Ingmar Bergman drew considerably on his own dreams, nightmares, and personal regrets in telling the daylong story of an aging doctor’s reflections on his shortcomings and confusion about the days that lie ahead. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on John le Carré dated 2008 novel‬) remains an engaging experience in spite of myriad aspects that weigh it down. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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You can tell a lot about the state of a country by comparing the state of its public and private infrastructure. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
LAME CLAIM TO FAME: "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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HORNS — MOVIE POSTER Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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"INHERENT VICE" IS CENTERPIECE SELECTION AT NYFF 52 Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
COLE SMITHEY'S MOVIE WEEK #332 Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Midnight Movies were initially considered a “craze” (a fad which during the '70s was code for a seasonal rotation of cheap commercial products, such as yo-yos, plastic skateboards, and image-emboldened T-shirts aimed at the youth culture). Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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"Gone Girl" to Open NYFF 2014 Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Weird Al Yankovic - "Word Crimes" Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
THE CONFESSIONS OF ROBERT CRUMB — DOCUMENTARY Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog