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Cole Smithey
The Smartest Film Critic in the World
Interests: Film, Jazz Guitar, Teaching, Craft Beer, Great Food, Travel.
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Fritz Lang: The Silent Films The Complete Silent Films of German Cinema's Supreme Stylist 12-Disc Blu-ray Collection Available November 21, 2017 SRP: $149.95 Kino Lorber pays tribute to Fritz Lang, one of the most celebrated and influential masters of world cinema, with this comprehensive 12-disc... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The title “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” sounds like an oh-so-earnest independent movie based on [ostensibly] real life events that NPR would rally around as a true-to-life depiction of a small town community in the Midwest. And, indeed, that is exactly what NPR’s tone-deaf film critic Bob Mondello took away from this cleverly concealed pitch black comedy based on the age old thesis that “violence begets violence.” Of course, the movie is anything but a fact-based rendition of an actual location in America. Oh the beauty of a well-made allegory. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Lanthamos’s film’s all begin with a promising high-concept first act that crumbles into an unrecognizable pile of filmic detritus by the time the third act grinds into gear. They represent a cinematic hoax. His 2011 film “Alps” is his best effort, but that isn’t saying much. Lanthamos is a self-styled auteur who drafts artsy screenplays infected with magical realism that he attempts to pawn off as surrealist in nature. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Louis C.K.’s filmic send up of Woody Allen’s films, and [offhandedly] Allen’s reputation as a pedophile, would have been a bizarre act of public self-immolation even without the icon-shattering revelations about Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment of women that brought his career to an abrupt halt. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
You had me at Michael Haneke. And then you add Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, and we've got a very promising movie on hand. Really looking forward to seeing the latest effort from Haneke! Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Steven Spielberg's latest movie has crowd-pleaser written all over it for the 50+ generations to which it is clearly aimed. Streep and Hanks are showing their age. It's a reminder that we won't always have these great artists around with us. So, regardless of how predictably tame the narrative about the Washington Post leaking the Pentagon Papers might seem by today's standards of Wikileaks reporting, get out and see this movie. Even if it flops at the box office, "The Post" will be a success. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kenneth Branagh should have stuck to his stated mission of adapting as many of Shakespeare’s plays to films as he could. Choosing to remake an Agatha Christie novel that has been already done to crisp-roast perfection was a mug’s game from the start. The least Branagh and company could have done would have been to set a bright tempo for a movie that succeeds more at inducing sleep than entertaining its audience. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
26 ANIMATED FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2017 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – Twenty-six features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Mainstream media outlets like NPR and The New York Times keep saying that Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election. Now we're making policies and launching investigations based on those stories. Maybe it's true. But there's still no concrete evidence available to the public. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
At 82, the waifish Joan Didion expresses herself with dramatic hand gestures that emphasize her thoughts and ideas with indelible articulation. Her poise is flawless. She’s Jackie O, Anna Wintour, and Susan Sontag rolled into one. When President Obama expresses surprise over the fact that Joan Didion had not previously received the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal during the 2013 ceremony, it puts a fine point on how Joan Didion should have received the award before she was so frail. The center has not held, but Joan Didion is still with us as of this writing. Cheers to that. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The cracks in America’s longstanding patriarchal methods of intimidation and theft of life and dignity are igniting a volcanic reaction. The Harvey Weinsteins and Donald Trumps of the world are being dumped into the trash bin of history. Their fall from a long-held stranglehold of power can’t can’t come soon enough. The poison is in their sandwich now. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
St. John the Divine's annual Halloween screening of a silent horror classic is a favorite tradition. It provided an exquisite chance to see the original Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. What an influential film! Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Yes indeedy, Laura Walls is the latest generous person to pledge support through Patreon. At the $10 level, Laura gets my desk salute — it really is something to see — along with this shout-out for being an all-around great person. Feeling inspired to follow in Laura's shoes? It's easy to do. Visit my Patreon site and follow suit. You'll be rewarded, I promise! Thanks much to the wonderful Laura Walls for her generous support of the work I do. Cheers Laura! Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Just when you, me, and everyone we know thought rock 'n' roll was dead and gone, it turns out these boys from County Caven Ireland have been kicking out the jams for the past four years. Rock on lads! The world needs you! Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Thanks to Zachary Smith for the edit.
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As I watched Todd Haynes’s latest film I kept asking myself, who is this movie for? It is not a children’s movie even though the story is split between the journeys of two preteens 50 years apart. The nostalgic tale doesn’t seem to tilted toward adult audiences unlikely to recognized themselves in the bi-polar storyline. Everything about this film is a disappointment. It is, by far, Todd Haynes’s weakest effort to date. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
This is one of those movie posters that draws you in. I love how the line on Emily Mortimer's skirt reflect the bindings of the books beside her. With its great cast and old fashioned imagery, "The Bookshop" makes you want to see it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Thanks to Kenneth E. for his Patreon Pledge Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Hollywood production mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own company after being accused by numerous alleged victims of sexual harassment over the years. Now there are rape allegations as well. The media and online pile-on makes some people uncomfortable, and the bigger issue is the power dynamic inherent to capitalism and the treatment of employees like property by employers, but this is one of those issues where it shouldn’t be hard to find the right side. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles