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Cole Smithey
Manhattan
The Smartest Film Critic in the World
Interests: Film, Jazz Guitar, Teaching, Craft Beer, Great Food, Travel.
Recent Activity
Iggy Pop: Nightclubbing (11/14/86) at The Ritz Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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John Waters presenta Fuego, de Armando Bó e Isabel Sarli Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kino Lorber Releases the Critically-Acclaimed Hip-Hop Documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic Documentary exploring the life and music of visionary hip-hop artist Nas and his landmark debut album "Illmatic" will be released on DVD February 3 with never before seen bonus features including deleted scenes, "Remembering... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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In 1963 experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger released “Scorpio Rising,” a groundbreaking 30-minute revelry of fetishized homoerotic iconography set against a soundtrack of unlicensed pop songs from the likes of Ricky Nelson and Ray Charles. The rebellious effect of Anger’s dynamic musical counterpoint creates a bold sense of romanticized rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia that informed later filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese (see “Mean Streets”). Anger’s mobile moving camera fawns over the clothes and boots of a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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“American Sniper” is an artless nuance-free hate piece built on insultingly unsound narrative ground. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Slavoj Žižek - CRITERION DVD Picks Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Vermont High Schoolers Just Destroy Fox News About The Ethics Of Journalism Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Robert Greenwald on the Ed Show: American Sniper Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
MOMA and FLSC Announce New Directors/New Films Selections (March 18-29) Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Newbie filmmakers (director Adam Rapp and screenwriter-actors Michael Godere and Ivan Martin) flail toward making a cohesive movie about a couple of New York City actors on an upstate retreat to crank out a screenplay in 10 days. Barely a cut above the thankfully defunct Mumblecore movement, “Loitering With Intent” does plenty of loitering but doesn’t exhibit much commitment. At 80 minutes, the movie is at least thankfully short, even if the abbreviated running time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Kino Lorber Releases Le Pont du Nord Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
SYNDICATED COLUMN BY TED RALL January 12, 2015 Here’s what you need to understand the state of political cartooning in the United States: After the massacre of four cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo last week, 25 remain on staff at the French publication, whose circulation ranges... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014 Box Office: 212-727-8110 “BOORMAN,” Tribute to Director of DELIVERANCE and POINT BLANK, Runs One Week, February 11-17 Festival Precedes February 18 Premiere of QUEEN AND COUNTRY, John Boorman’s Sequel to HOPE AND GLORY BOORMAN, a one-week series... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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JOEL AND ETHAN COEN TO CHAIR CANNES JURY Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Pacino’s Birdman Forget About Iñárritu‬’s Movie — “The Humbling” is Better At nearly 75, Al Pacino’s face seeps with hints of the multitude of iconic characters he’s played over the course of his rich career as an actor of stage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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2015 OSCAR NOMINATIONS — FULL LIST Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics like Roger Ebert panned the film upon its release in 1982. Screenwriter Cameron Crowe adapted the script from his popular novel “Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story,” about a year he spent “undercover” posing as a senior at Clairemont High School in San Diego. Crowe’s keen observations of early ‘80s teen culture provided director Amy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Cracked Actor: A Film About David Bowie Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Cowriter-director Srđan Spasojević plays hardball on the field of transgressive cinema in one of the most banned films in modern history. Since its release “A Serbian Film” has been outlawed in eight countries, including Spain, Norway, and Brazil. Only heavily censored versions of the film have been shown in England. You couldn’t ask for a more succinct and evocative title for Spasojević’s brutal film-within-a-film indictment of wealthy exploiters of post-Kosovo-War Serbia. The filmmakers work within... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
INDEPENDENT FILMS LAND TOP PRIZES AT 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Golden Globes 2015: Full List of Winners Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Love (No Release Date Yet) Enfant terrible Gaspar Noé returns with his first feature since 2009’s earth-shattering film “Enter the Void.” “Love” is sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It's a love story that celebrates sex in a joyous way. I Smile Back (January 25) All is not right in suburbia. Sarah Silverman plays Laney Brooks, a horny wife and mother on the edge, who has stopped taking her meds,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Editors, Not Terrorists, Killed American Political Cartooning By Ted Rall Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog