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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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Best Picture – Drama: “Call Me by Your Name” “Dunkirk” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Best Picture – Comedy or Musical: “The Disaster Artist” “Get Out” “The Greatest Showman” “I, Tonya” “Lady Bird” Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Tom Hanks, “The Post” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Articles
Bill is my favorite guitarist. In you're in NYC, get down to the IFC Center and catch this promising documentary! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Although dramatically flat, Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age directorial debut covers its Mumblecore tracks with jabs of humor and a breeze of earthy authenticity. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film ‘Isle of Dogs’ (featuring the voices of Bryan Cranston and Tilda Swinton) will premiere at the 2018 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL. From the trailer, this looks like vintage Wes Anderson — kooky dry humor with an international bent of globalization. Yum. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Steven Spielberg’s nostalgic celebration of the heyday of American journalism offhandedly gives deserved praise to such brave patriots as Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, and Chelsea Manning for their part in speaking truth to power via newspaper institutions (i.e. The Washington Post). However, much gets lost in this film’s meandering script that takes far too long to kick into gear before settling on an overleveraged climax that is underwhelming at best. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 90th Oscars® telecast on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST, a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. As previously announced, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return to produce. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Criterion will be accepting all of your questions from fans from now until December 8 and sending the most thoughtful and creative ones to Jim. Though they cannot guarantee that all will be answered on the release, feel free to ask as many as you like. Personal requests will not be answered. Now ask away! Just make sure to include your full name, city, state, and country of residence with your questions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The five years that Guillermo Del Toro spent writing and developing “The Shape of Water” (with co-writer Vanessa Taylor) pays off handsomely for this return-to-form behind Del Toro’s most recent masterpiece “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006). Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
DECEMBER PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK! Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE FOX SEARCHLIGHT PARTY 2017 Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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If indoctrinating child audiences into accepting, and enjoying, brutal deadly violence was the intent of the filmmakers responsible for making “Logan,” then their mission is accomplished. Audiences not wanting to be party to such a disgusting cause will want to avoid this cinematic abomination like the plague. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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If indoctrinating child audiences into accepting, and enjoying, brutal deadly violence was the intent of the filmmakers responsible for making “Logan,” then their mission is accomplished. Audiences not wanting to be party to such a disgusting cause will want to avoid this cinematic abomination like the plague. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Craig Gillespie, the Australian director behind the great magical realist film “Lars and the Real Girl” (from 2007) is destined to become a household name based on his work for this unforgettable film. “I, Tonya” is a beautifully crafted and executed brief biopic of Tonya Harding, an American figure skater made notorious by a media landscape that that gave rise to the presidential ascendancy of Donald Trump. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Agnes Varda’s sturdy neo-realistic social study of a fiercely individualistic young woman, who happily lives a hobo’s life on the road in France, is nothing short of a masterpiece. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Made in 1961, six years before homosexuality was decriminalized in the UK, director Basil Dearden’s brave filmic treatise on the subject contributed to a sea change of public opinion. Here is a movie that is more riveting than necessarily entertaining, although it is that too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Fetish aficionados will find much to admire in Barbet Schroeder’s groundbreaking depiction of a BDSM dungeon ruled by Bulle Ogier’s emphatically charismatic dominatrix Ariane in this satisfying romantic drama. Released in 1976, Schroeder’s exploration of a behind-the-scenes life of a professional dominatrix features one of Gerard Depardieu’s debut film performances. Bulle Ogier is stunning, and Depardieu is fully formed. This movie is hot. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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It’s Lady Bird’s senior year at a private Catholic girls’ high school from which our self-named heroine attempts to assert as much independence as her small town surroundings will allow. Participating in the school play sets up a romantic endeavor with Lucas Hedges’s Danny, a boy with a secret. Other social opportunities arrive as predictable let-downs. Even losing her virginity occurs with a whimper. Lady Bird (“Amelie” reference — check) wants/needs to get as far away from her mother, and Sacramento, as possible. You can’t blame her one bit. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The United States tried to overthrow or directly interfere in the elections of at least 80 countries throughout the Cold War alone. How exactly is it in a position to complain if it turns out to be true that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election? Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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The Cannes Film Festival announced today that the festival will "start one day earlier than in previous years, but will run for exactly the same length of time." The opening will take place on the evening of Tuesday, May 8th and the awards ceremony will be on Saturday, May 19th. "Following 2017's anniversary edition, the Festival is beginning a new period in its history," says Festival President Pierre Lescure. " "We intend to renew the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Fritz Lang: The Silent Films The Complete Silent Films of German Cinema's Supreme Stylist 12-Disc Blu-ray Collection Available November 21, 2017 SRP: $149.95 Kino Lorber pays tribute to Fritz Lang, one of the most celebrated and influential masters of world cinema, with this comprehensive 12-disc... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” sounds like an oh-so-earnest independent movie based on [ostensibly] real life events that NPR would rally around as a true-to-life depiction of a small town community in the Midwest. And, indeed, that is exactly what NPR’s tone-deaf film critic Bob Mondello took away from this cleverly concealed pitch black comedy based on the age old thesis that “violence begets violence.” Of course, the movie is anything but a fact-based rendition of an actual location in America. Oh the beauty of a well-made allegory. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Lanthamos’s film’s all begin with a promising high-concept first act that crumbles into an unrecognizable pile of filmic detritus by the time the third act grinds into gear. They represent a cinematic hoax. His 2011 film “Alps” is his best effort, but that isn’t saying much. Lanthamos is a self-styled auteur who drafts artsy screenplays infected with magical realism that he attempts to pawn off as surrealist in nature. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Louis C.K.’s filmic send up of Woody Allen’s films, and [offhandedly] Allen’s reputation as a pedophile, would have been a bizarre act of public self-immolation even without the icon-shattering revelations about Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment of women that brought his career to an abrupt halt. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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You had me at Michael Haneke. And then you add Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and we've got a very promising movie on hand. Really looking forward to seeing the latest effort from Haneke! Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog