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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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BLEED FOR THIS — TRAILER Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Children of Paradise” is at once one of the dreamiest, and yet theatrically fixed, films ever made. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Steven Spielberg’s fudged adaptation of Roald Dahl’s problematic children’s tale of giant (human-eating) cannibals is a drab affair. From its creepy style of animation to its dragging tempo, “The BFG” never engages the audience. It’s not fun. Even those looking to savor a few morsels of gallows humor are denied satisfaction. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Variety reports that Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are re-editing their Cannes Competition film "La Fille Inconnue" ("The Unknown Girl") in response to negative by a group of mostly non-corporate film critics. Here's evidence that critical reviews can be used in concrete ways in the filmmaking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Here is a good old-fashioned suspense thriller about a strong-willed young woman and a big mean shark. Blake Lively shows off her acting chops in this genre picture that belongs all to her. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) PODCAST SERIES Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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SMART NEW MEDIA PRESENTS ColeSmithey.com Cannes, France —No other film was repeatedly praised as much on the street at Cannes in 2016 than Na Hong Jin’s “Goksung” (“The Wailing”). Fitting neatly into the festival’s cannibal phenomena (there were five cannibalism-related pictures in the festival), “The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Black comedy is one of the least mined of all film genres. Many audiences want nothing to do with dark humor because it is meant be disturbing. The ambitious genre makes visceral and intellectual demands that many viewers are unwilling or unable to go along with. Taboo subjects involving all manner of death frequently come into play. While there are exceptions to the rule (see “King of Comedy”) at least one death must occur (see “Dr. Strangelove”) to meet the transgressive demands of the genre. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Black comedy is one of the least mined of all film genres. Many audiences want nothing to do with dark humor because it is meant be disturbing. The ambitious genre makes visceral and intellectual demands that many viewers are unwilling or unable to go along with. Taboo subjects involving all manner of death frequently come into play. While there are exceptions to the rule (see “King of Comedy”) at least one death must occur (see “Dr. Strangelove”) to meet the transgressive demands of the genre. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Sink your teeth into Janie Benning's "INSIDE JAWS: A FILMUMENTARY." It's like eating pure cinematic ice cream for two-and-a-half hours. This unofficial documentary was made not-for-profit. Bon appetite movie lovers! <br /><br /> Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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NEW BEVERLY JULY 2016 SCHEDULE My advice for visiting L.A. is to be sure and visit the New Beverly cinema. It's my favorite art house in the world. Check it out. It's crazy cool. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The gifted young actor of such films as "Alpha Dog," "Charlie Barlett," "Star Trek," "Odd Thomas," and most recently "Green Room" died at the age of 27 when his car pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence at his home in Studio City early Sunday morning. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Variety reported that Danish auteur Lars von Trier has finished the script for his next film, "The House That Jack Built." The 10 million dollar-budgeted film will go into production in August. Von Trier's follow-up to "Nymphomaniac Vol. I and II" is a thriller that covers ten years in the development of a serial killer plying his trade in Washington. Think "Man Bites Dog." Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Quentin Tarantino at AFI Conservatory 2016 Commencement Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Writer/director Abbas Kiarostami’s “Taste of Cherry” is a divisive film. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997 despite being savaged by critics such as Roger Ebert whose staggering miscomprehension of the film exposed his knee-jerk tendency toward small-mindedness. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Money in Politics — With Ben & Jerry Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kirsten Dunst — "Turning Japanese" Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES SUMMER NEW RELEASES LINEUP 2016 Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World — WERNER HERZOG Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Cannes, France —Audiences new to modern-day gang related international crime dramas could get a crash course in the genre from Tunisian-French writer/director Karim Dridi. The filmmaker checks off every violent trope right down to a shock ending that will seem oh-so-profound to the film’s targeted audience of urban youth. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Guiraudie overleverages the story into a climax scene involving homosexual necrophilia that is sure to elevate “Rester Vertical” to instant cult status. The filmmaker never lets his actors express emotions. Everyone is poker faced to the point of boredom. A film made of up disparate elements, however abstract, does not a movie make. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Nicole Garcia’s formal approach to compositions and dramatic climaxes gives the movie a feeling of being trapped beneath gauze. Garcia clearly knows how to tell stories on film, but gets mired in the nature of the film’s source novel (by Milena Agus). I don’t know if anyone could make an entertaining film from Agus’s book, based on what I see of it in this unpleasant picture. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Cannes, France — Romania’s current art-house representative Cristian Mungiu comes up short on the promise of his fifth feature film. Lacking the direct storyline of “4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Bacalaureat” is relevant in thematic terms but aims in too many directions at once. A recurring plot aspect of rocks being thrown from unknown assailants, gives the film an atmosphere teetering on the surreal. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) PODCAST SERIES Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) on iTunes Mike and I discuss Nagisa Oshima's DEATH BY HANGING while drinking Racer 5 from Bear Republic. In this episode Mike and I drink Numero Uno Agave Cerveza (from Flying Dog Brewery) and discuss Elaine May's 1972 romantic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Cole Smithey - Technology