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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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NEW BEVERLY CINEMA: SEPTEMBER 2016 SCHEDULE Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
A lot of people don’t want to vote for a third-party candidate like Jill Stein or Gary Johnson because they believe their vote will be “wasted.” But they don’t apply the same logic to most other things in life, many of which involve setting yourself apart from the herd. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS AND “AN EVENING WITH…” GUESTS OF HONOR FOR 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Agitprop cinema hits a fierce apex in co-writer/director Gillo Pontecorvo’s unique wartime thriller. The audacious filmmaker blends various cinematic approaches, including Italian neo-realism, formal Hollywood, documentary, and theatrical elements. It's equal parts exploitation, propaganda, and activist cinema all wrapped up together. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Ira Sachs’s [CRITERION] DVD Picks Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES ITS RETROSPECTIVE SECTION AT THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Bertrand Tavernier’s epic new documentary My Journey Through French Cinema inspires a two-part series, featuring a selection of French classics & 12 works by Hollywood director Henry Hathaway... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Skip “War Dogs, and see Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World” instead. At least there you can feel equal parts bad and good. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP FOR ITS ANNUAL AVANT-GARDE SHOWCASE, PROJECTIONS, AT THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL New York, NY (August 17, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the complete lineup for the Projections section of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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As a critic, I’m sufficiently soured on the film by these revelations to advise viewers to boycott “Sausage Party” out of hand. Apart from a goofy food orgy (yes, that kind of orgy), the movie is lightweight to a fault. You might get a few chuckles out of watching “Sausage Party,” but at what cost to professionals who deserve to be treated with respect and an industry standard of financial reward for their work? Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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"Disorder" flopped in Cannes, and now it will flop at the box office. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES ERIC ROHMER’S MORAL TALES, SEPTEMBER 16-29 Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES THE LINEUP FOR CONVERGENCE AT THE 54th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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ANTOINE FUQUA'S MAGNIFICENT 7 — POSTER ART Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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DIRECTOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON “THE SHAPE OF WATER” Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Got $75,000? The LA Times Is Trying to Bankrupt Me by TED RALL Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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No one owns the outlier archetype like Ellen Page. Writer/director Sian Heder (“Orange is the New Black”) may have written the meaty part for this film’s renegade title character with Page in mind. Hint: she wasn’t named after Tallulah Bankhead. Comedy and tragedy wear the same mask in Ellen Page’s deft ability to draw laughs from Heder’s spiky dialogue in this masterfully developed narrative. Apart from a few editing missteps, “Talluah” is a fine piece... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Cheers to the late, great Michael Cimino. He put Terrence Malick to shame. Compare Cimino's neo-western "Gates of Heaven" to Malick's "Days of Heaven." It's already confusing because the titles are so similar that it's easy to switch the movies around. "Days of Heaven" is a good film; "Gates of Heaven" is a masterpiece. So too is "The Deer Hunter." Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
QUENTIN TARANTINO ON "THERE WILL BE BLOOD" Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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America Cinema has seldom witnessed such a powerful self-possessed capitalist as Lily. Here is a blatant affront to generations of American provincial female teachings that value virginity over sexual freedom. Lily likes giving it away. The men are only too happy to pay without even being asked. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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The films I most look forward to screening at the 54th New York Film Festival are informed by Cannes since many of the films in the NYFF main slate premiered there back in May. That said, there are plenty of other films I'll be able to screen because I have a running start. This is going to be fun! Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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New York, NY (August 9, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the 25 films for the Main Slate of the 54th New York Film Festival, September 30 – October 16. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “The cinema is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Cenk Uygur’s Speech at the Democratic Convention Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Few documentarians go for it like Werner Herzog does. It’s a given that the opinionated Herzog interviews modern day scientific pioneers such as Internet protocol-co/author Bob Kahn, and the ubiquitous Elon Musk, for a cinematic soup-to-nuts examination of the Internet. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Which brings us to “Jason Bourne,” a script in search of a story, but willing to substitute action set pieces for narrative development. To call “Jason Bourne” merely tedious is being kind. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Reviews