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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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The Wachowski Brothers achieve a divine vision of psychedelic visual ecstasy — you won’t believe the sheer amount of color on the screen at any given time — while digging deep into a campy comic/dramatic tone that speaks to audiences of all ages. Continue reading
Posted 51 minutes ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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“Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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MINGUS: CHARLIE MINGUS 1968 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Iggy Pop / David Bowie Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Laura Poitras’s fascinating documentary, about the process and aftermath of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s earth-shattering revelations, is an essential historical filmic document. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Eleven Hit Hollywood Films debut from Kino Lorber Studio Classics Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Mike Leigh’s reputation as an unrivaled inventor of cinematic dramaturgy once again over-delivers on his promise. How, you might ask, is that possible. Such is the nature of Mike Leigh’s incomprehensible genius. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Horatiu Mălăele presents three premieres in New York Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
JK Simmons on Whiplash | BFI Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“The Kid” is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Writer/director David Ayer’s World War II drama is a gritty European-styled coming-of-age picture that reminds us how much the nature of war has changed in the past 65 years, and yet how much it remains the same. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
NYFF52: "CITIZENFOUR" Q&A | Laura Poitras Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Don Edmonds’s 1975 classic “Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS” is one of the most outrageous additions to the sexploitation genre ever envisioned. Even by modern cinema’s jaded standards, “She Wolf of the SS” remains a powerfully sexy, campy, blood-soaked, and fetishistic tour de force. Producer Herman Traeger tears a page from Kroger Babb’s exploitation publicity playbook that marketed Babb's 1957 “Mom and Dad” (1957) as a touring “sex-hygiene” road... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Investigative journalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It never was. “Big scandal” stories like the one broken by real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Stephen Webb, about the CIA’s funding of the Nicaraguan Contras to smuggle cocaine into the states on a massive scale, fell mostly on deaf ears when Webb’s powerful of “Dark Alliance” series of ‪exposé‬ articles were printed in 1996. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
William Friedkin's Criterion DVD Picks Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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There’s no way to sugarcoat it; Paul Thomas Anderson has made two duds in a row. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Alain Resnais’s early addition to the Nouvelle Vague cannon finds his pair of culturally diverse lovers of rising from the rubble of World War II. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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All attempts fail at forcing a by-the-numbers narrative template on a fact-based story about unlikely bedfellows uniting against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's mid '80s reign of anti-union and anti-gay rhetoric and public policies. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
NYFF 52 VIDEO PREVIEW COLUMN Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
THE INTERVIEW — RED BAND TRAILER Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Jazz at Lincoln Center - Bill Frisell - This Land: Woody Guthrie's Better World Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Arthur Penn’s recounting of the story of Bonnie and Clyde — two of America’s most iconic outlaws — is a seamless balancing act. Equal parts true-crime exposé, dysfunctional love story, and Depression-era think piece, the picture underscores American police departments’ longstanding proclivity for short cuts to justice, i.e. murder. For all of the critical noise made over Penn’s methodical slow-motion hail of bullets massacre of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules