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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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The Making of All Mod Cons ★ The Jam — By Don Letts Continue reading
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The Jam — Start! (ABC's Fridays) Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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What Becomes an Enigma Most? Benedict Cumberbatch Transforms Into Alan Turing Genius mathematician Alan Turning finally takes center stage as the father of the modern computer, an unsung British hero of World War II, and as a victim of Britain’s draconian punishment of gays in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Eric Rohmer’s place as an establishing member of the French New Wave movement is marked by the fact that he was one of the group’s elders. While writing film criticism for Cahiers du Cinema, and serving as the influential French magazine’s editor from 1957 to 1963, Rohmer gradually shifted from short 16mm films to features at the late age of 47. Whereas Jean-Luc Godard sought ways to radically reinvent cinema, and Francoise Truffaut grappled with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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VERTIGO — POSTER ART Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The New York Dolls - Chatterbox (1974) Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Of the handful of directors ready, willing, and able to make a Western that’s worth a damn, Tommy Lee Jones runs neck and neck with Clint Eastwood. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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SCI-FI COLE SMITHEY Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com What’s Behind the Mask? True-Crime Drama Shows the Underbelly of Blueblood America ‪ John Eleuthère du Pont‬’s transition from politically connected right wing patriarch of “America’s wealthiest family” to deranged murderer, via a self-appointed Olympic wrestling coach position, is the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Eastern European-born Georg Wilhelm Pabst was a socially driven filmmaker of the silent era dedicated to exploring and exposing social dilemmas facing women in German society. For “Pandora’s Box,” Pabst created a proto-feminist icon for the ages in the guise of a gifted young actress named Louise Brooks, whose bold acting style prefigured modern cinema’s naturalistic acting techniques by decades. Having studied classical dance, Brooks uses her dynamic physicality to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Not Quite All Redmayne Wows as Hawking, But Biopic Falls Flat Although it includes an outstanding performance by Eddie Redmayne in the role of the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, “The Theory of Everything” is formulaic to a fault. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER presents LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE FILMS OF JOHN HUSTON December 19 – January 11 A comprehensive retrospective spanning five decades of his work as a director, screenwriter, and actor that includes some of Hollywood’s most popular films: The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Click Here to Visit the FilmBlog for Artwork, Movies, Music, News, Photos, Politics, Posters, Reviews, Trailers, Videos, and More... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The Top Censored Stories of 2014 — Interview with Mickey Huff Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes — Elvis Costello Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Groningen: The World's Cycling City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com It is entirely possible that John Cassavetes would not have become an independent filmmaker were it not for “Little Fugitive.” François Truffaut credited this influential movie with paving the way for the French New Wave. Made in 1953 by three confident filmmakers, “Little Fugitive” is as much an invaluable filmic document of postwar New York as it is an enchanting incipient work of independent cinema. Equal parts child character study... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Social satire doesn’t get much blacker than it does in “Nightcrawler.” Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Trial By FIre Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons Tempt Oscars Writer-director Damien Chazelle has made a powerhouse drama about the level of dedication it takes to be great at something. “Whiplash” refers to the title of a complicated 1972 Hank Levy jazz standard played at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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The Wachowski Brothers achieve a divine vision of psychedelic visual ecstasy — you won’t believe the sheer amount of color on the screen at any given time — while digging deep into a campy comic/dramatic tone that speaks to audiences of all ages. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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“Goldfinger” set in stone the formula for what would become cinema’s longest running and most reliably entertaining franchise. Regardless of how many installments have come since, “Goldfinger” retains its reputation as the best of the bunch. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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MINGUS: CHARLIE MINGUS 1968 Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog