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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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Martin Scorsese Interview on Trump and the Pope Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Robert Altman made a bold statement in his casting of Elliott Gould as a Jewish version of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe character in this modestly budgeted film. Giving the chain-smoking Marlowe an orange tabby as a beloved pet adds counterpoint to his not-so hardboiled character. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Capsules
You may have heard of “mansplaining,” which is when a dude patronizingly explains something to a woman, often concerning a subject about which she knows more than he does (c.f., rape culture, workplace discrimination, etc.). Other spin-off portmanteaus mocking pompous people of privilege include whitesplaining (white person explains racism to black person), straightsplaining, Millennialsplaining, and even (during the primaries) Bernie-splaining. May the victory of Donald Trump mark the long overdue death of Ameri-splaining — when American leaders like Clinton and Obama (and not a few ordinary citizens) pretentiously declaim our nation’s supposed exceptionalism to people in countries that do a better job than we do. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE 10 BEST FILMS OF 2016 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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TEENAGE DEVIATE — CLASSIC FILM POSTER Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Political exploitation is not a label that I apply lightly, but it fits the bill for this terribly disappointing film. The term applies to a picture that, however well meaning the intents of its producers (including Darren Aronofsky, a filmmaker I deeply respect and admire), misses its mark by a mile rather than by degree. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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One of the highlights of the New York holiday season is the annual Fox Searchlight party. "The Birth of a Nation" and "Jackie" are the two big films the studio featured. I had the pleasure of chatting with director Darren Aronofsky, and New York film critic institution Neil Rosen (see the picture below). Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kino Lorber 2016 Home Video Highlights and Gift Guide Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“A gun in the first act always goes off in the third” is an oldie but a goodie. Anytime a gun is exposed in the first act of a film or play, you can be sure that it will go off in the third act. See “La Ceremonie.” Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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The revolution comes from the inside in Claude Chabrol’s exquisite adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s 1977 satirical novel “A Judgement In Stone.” Not since Luis Bunuel has any filmmaker come so daringly close to enunciating the ideological, ethical, and soulful rift between the bourgeoisie and the rest of as Chabrol does in this fascinating, if darkly humorous, picture. Lesbian fires ignite. Daily rituals such as family dinners allow for insightful exposition. As with Bunuel’s films, food plays a significant part in daily rituals. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
You’ve read post-election analysis by the discredited corporate pundits who thought Hillary was a shoo-in. Since I saw Donald Trump’s “upset” coming, my take on what happened and why may be of more interest. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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From what we know of Trump’s likely cabinet appointments, the next few years promise to devolve into a dystopian nightmare of authoritarian repression the likes of which few Americans ever imagined possible. As we head into the maelstrom, it will be tempting to look back fondly upon the Obama years as a period of relative calm and liberalism. But don’t forget the truth. Fascism under Trump will merely continue Obama’s fascism with a smiley face — a fascism that we let him get away with for far too long. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Donald Trump wants to deport three million illegal immigrants, and he’s willing to split up families to do it. Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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NETFLIX DECEMBER 2016 SCHEDULE Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The Secret Scripture — International Trailer Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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SYNDICATED COLUMN: Here Comes the Rise of the Anti-Trump Left Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Not for me: I always said Donald Trump had a strong chance to win the presidency in a country where tens of millions of people are economically insecure, racist and/or sexist. The far right impulse has always been strong in American politics. But Trump has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the least popular presidential candidates of all time. So why vote for either one? You wouldn’t know it to watch or read the news, but living in a duopoly doesn’t require you to hold your nose as you vote... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
They tell us we live in a country that serves as a shining beacon on a hill, a model for democracies around the world. If that’s true, how the hell did we end up with two candidates who are the #1 and #2 most unpopular... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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FilmStruck is a brand new streaming service collaboration between Turner Classic Movies, The Criterion Collection, and Kino Lorber. FilmStruck represents the first time in history that such a broad spectrum of classic films has been so readily available for film-lovers to consume. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Lars Von Trier has cast the always-terrific Matt Dillon in his 15th film "The House That Jack Built." Dillon will share leading man duties with Bruno Ganz. These two equally matched actors will film Von Trier's in Trollhättan, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
FilmStruck has launched. This streaming collaboration between Kino Lorber, Criterion, and Turner Classic Movies is every film-lovers dream. This is going to be HUGE I tell ya! Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog