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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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Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki's band of pompadoured "Finnish Elvis" rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It's the perfect prelude to Jarmusch's 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
There they go again. Hillary was a two time loser. Weirdly, her people are still in charge of the Democratic Party. Clintonista militant moderates haven’t learned a thing from Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump — so they’re trying to sell Democratic voters on more of the same. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Articles
Hollywood has had no shortage of man’s men, but perhaps no actor advanced so complex and alluring a model as Robert Mitchum. Mitchum’s incomparable career stretched across five decades and saw him blossom from a bit player in war films and westerns in the 1940s into a bona fide star working with some of Hollywood’s most towering figures in nearly every genre imaginable. Collaborating with pantheon auteurs such as Howard Hawks, Otto Preminger, Jacques Tourneur, Vincente Minnelli, and Nicholas Ray, the handsome and endlessly charismatic Mitchum always had the aura of a man in control of both himself and his situation, yet who was nevertheless besieged—a kind of walking metaphor for modern man’s limitations amid a universe of antagonism and uncertainty. The magnetic figure he cut into the screen has endured as a paragon of timeless cool, and his spot on the Mount Rushmore of American actors is undeniable. This year marks Mitchum’s centenary, and there is no better excuse to spend time with some of the highlights of his staggeringly rich career. Continue reading
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WONDERSTRUCK — TRAILER & POSTER Continue reading
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Tony Hawk Skates First Downward Spiral Loop Continue reading
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Proud Mary movie poster. Continue reading
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Guillermo Del Toro returns with another deep dive into fantasy. Beautiful production design and a great cast make for a promising movie. Del Toro co-writes and directs. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Dunkirk and War For The Planet of The Apes have more in common than you think. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Mark your calendars if you're planning a trip to NYC; you can book a walking tour with your favorite film critic right smack in my neighborhood. I've got my New York City Sightseeing Guide license have have plenty of great stories and surprises in store for my walkers. The tour will meet in front of the Guggenheim and end up in front of the Metropolitan Museum. This is going to be a new fun adventure every day! I'm thrilled to be able to offer this one-of-a-kind walking tour. Come take a walk with me and get some Upper East Side film and fiction history! Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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If you’re the kind of person who likes to nap through summer movies in the air conditioned comfort of your neighborhood cinema then “The Little Hours” presents an ideal opportunity for a 90 minute nap. As comically flat as a glass top table, writer/director Jeff Baena’s would-be comic take on Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” is nothing but a snooze from start to finish. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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I’m suing the Los Angeles Times. I’m the plaintiff. I’m the one who was wronged. The Times should be defending themselves from my accusations that they fired and libeled me as a favor to a police chief. But this is America. Deep-pocketed defendants like the Times — owned by a corporation with the weird name Tronc and a market capitalization in excess of $400 million — are taking advantage of America’s collapsing court system to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Needless to say, I've given up on YouTube. I stopped putting videos up on YouTube a couple of years ago after they insisted on stealing all of the ad revenue from my video coverage of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. By then I was so worn down from YouTube's constant bullying and harassment every single time I uploaded a video that I had no patience to put any more work into my YouTube channel. After more than a year of abstinence from YouTube I went through my channel and deleted 95% of my videos whose revenue was going entirely to someone else. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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If you’re the kind of person who likes to nap through summer movies in the air conditioned comfort of your neighborhood cinema then “The Little Hours” presents an ideal opportunity for a 90 minute nap. As comically flat as a glass top table, writer/director Jeff Baena’s would-be comic take on Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” is nothing but a snooze from start to finish. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Lina Wertmüller’s inspired social satire is wrapped up in political titles, however false, that people identify with or use to paint others with as friend or foe. Italian dogma of communist, fascist, and capitalist ideologies figure prominently into the upper and lower class characters that Wertmüller presents with a take-no-prisoners sense of irreverence and sexual frankness. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The second installment in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s promised five picture cycle of filmic memoirs harmonizes with the theatrically heightened tone and style of “The Dance of Reality” (2013). This succession of films marks Jodorowsky’s return to filmmaking after a 23 year hiatus after his 1990 film “The Rainbow Thief,” a film he disowned due to conflicts with the film's British producers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Alejandro Jodorowsky is the most euphoric filmmaker of our time. His transgressive artistic sensibilities form a focal point of pure artistic intentionality that the viewer can accept or reject. Either decision will lead the viewer to a personal place of artistically directed balance. You don’t get that from watching the latest “Spider-Man” movie. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
When Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans), a charming man-child, arrives in Charleston the night before he is about to marry the woman of every man's dreams, Megan Swope (Regina Hall), he hasn't written his vows, learned the steps for the first dance, or even remembered to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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DETROIT — POSTER ART — FILM OPENS AUGUST 4 Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Donald Trump’s son Junior met with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton in June 2016. But why bother to dig up dirt on Hillary when her own record was the dirtiest possible? Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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I just love how this poster mirrors the banner at the top of the site. Gotta love the Guggenheim Museum. It also has a chic '60s era cinema downstairs; the wood seating isn't comfortable, but wow does is look great. I like this movie. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The biggest drawback to driving the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT automatic is the blind spots. Blind spot visibility is non-existent with this car. Not being able to check your blind spots in this powerful American muscle car just makes you use the accelerator more aggressively to be sure that you can clear whatever may be lurking nearby. The Challenger got better than expected gas mileage on the highway — close to the promised 30 mpg.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
MARIO BAVA RETROSPECTIVE AT THE QUAD CINEMA IN NYC JULY 14-25 Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Needless to say, I've given up on YouTube. I stopped putting videos up on YouTube a couple of years ago after they insisted on stealing all of the ad revenue from my video coverage of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. By then I was so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
New York, NY (July 6, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck as the Centerpiece selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 15), making its New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 7. The film will be released theatrically by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions on October 20, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog