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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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My generous longtime pal Ken Taylor pledged his support on Patreon at the MIDNIGHT MOVIES level. In signature Royal fashion, the overachieving Ken went way above and beyond in describing his favorite 10 films. I would argue if I disagreed with any of his picks but I couldn't have done better myself. So here, just in time for Gay Pride Day, are Ken's 10 favorite movies! All bow, or kneel if you will! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Democrats and the media have made much of FBI allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election (though evidence has been in short supply). Whether or not it’s true, you kind of have to laugh at the outrage considering the fact that the country that interferes the most in the internal affairs of other nations, including coups and invasions, is none other than the United States of America. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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For whatever reason, this is the week that corporate critics are throwing in their hats on the best 25 films of the century so far. Naturally, I thought it best to put forth my choices for just such a list. Enjoy. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Here's the trailer for TO THE BONE (from Netflix Studios) staring Lily Collins. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Agnes Varda was ahead of the curve in paving the way for the French New Wave. Her 1955 debut is a delicate balance of Bergman-inspired formalism mixed with neo-realistic elements to form a mature depiction of a young married Parisian couple visiting the young man’s hometown for the first time. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER AND SUBWAY CINEMA ANNOUNCE UPDATED AWARDEES AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR 16th NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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"My Beautiful Laundrette" is a milestone of British cinema. Stephen Frears's stylish and confident handling of Hanif Kureishi's London-set gay love story, between a first-generation Pakistani and a British neo-fascist punk, is an accomplishment. Volatile social issues of Margaret Thatcher's early '80s England are ripe opportunities for imaginative examination in a fantasy atmosphere of unfettered homosexual romance. Here is an anti-plot narrative that works because of its unpredictable nature. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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New Zealand auteur Jane Campion broke the ice with a cheeky transgressive familial comedy whose dark thematic import announces itself only at the film’s end. The result is a sucker punch of methodical storytelling. Coincidentally, the movie presaged Mike Leigh’s similarly titled and themed debut picture “Life Is Sweet.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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In 1980, four years before “The Big Chill” addressed baby boomers crossing over into middle age ennui for mainstream (read Hollywood) audiences, John Sayles created the subject’s wryly indelible mold with an independent ferocity inspired by John Cassavetes’ daring approach to cinematic truth. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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As boring and flavorless as a three-day-old grilled cheese sandwich that’s been left out in the sun, “Wonder Woman” is yet another reminder that the superhero genre is a lost cause. How much longer can Hollywood pursue this thematically bankrupt and soulless children’s movie genre is anyone’s guess. There needs to be a 1o-year moratorium on CGI. I'm not kidding. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Stuck between “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Paris, Texas” (1984) Paul Schrader’s obsessions with the underbelly of America’s porn culture of the era goes down every sleazy back alley that 1979 had to offer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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In adapting Daniel Odier’s novel ‘Diva’ to the big screen, Jean-Jacques Beineix set the stylistic tone for a French Cinema movement would later be termed ‘Cinéma du look.’ Luc Besson and Leos Carax are the two other prominent proponents of the ‘80s era French movement that created visually splashy films such as Besson’s ‘Subway.’ Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
New York, NY (June 14, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Scary Movies X, the eagerly awaited return of New York’s top horror festival, July 14-20. Scary Movies X brings the genre’s best from around the globe to FSLC, featuring an exhilarating week of terrifying and gruesome shockers, a host of hair-raising premieres and rediscoveries, and guest appearances and givea Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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By far the best film to come along in the first half of 2017, “Manifesto” is as thought and discussion-provoking as films come. It also happens to be entertaining as hell. This is one provocative movie about the ongoing culture wars that disrupt our lives in the most intrinsic ways. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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They got Al Capone for tax evasion — only tax evasion. It wasn’t very satisfying for his prosecutors. But they couldn’t prove murder or racketeering. So they got him where they wanted him: behind bars. It wasn’t elegant. But they got the job done. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Upstart documentarian Tim Travers Hawkins is currently working on “XY Chelsea,” a Laura Poitras-produced film about the “life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army, who was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The film is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017, which means that it could potentially find a premiere at the New York Film Festival. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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New York, NY (June 12, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying as the Opening Night selection of the 55th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 15), making its World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, September 28. The film will open theatrically on November 17, 2017 from Amazon Studios. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
FilmStruck, the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films and the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection, is now available on Roku® devices. FilmStruck's impressive library features a deep roster of constantly refreshed films from major Hollywood studios and celebrated indie studios and include award-winning titles such as Babette's Feast, Blow Out, Boyhood, Breaker Morant, Chicago, A Hard Day's Night, My Life as a Dog, Our Song, The Player, A Room with a View, Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, Thelma & Louise, The Times of Harvey Milk and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. FilmStruck offers cinephiles a fully curated streaming experience including archival footage, audio commentaries, original film trailers and filmmaker interviews. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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ANTIBIRTH — POSTER ART Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE MUMMY — REGAL CINEMAS POSTER Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog