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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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CANNES 2018 AWARDS COMPLETE Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Un Certain Regard 2018 presented 18 films in competition. 6 of them were first films. The Opening film was DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa. Under the presidency of Benicio Del Toro (Puerto Rican-American actor), the Jury was comprised of Annemarie Jacir (Palestinian director and writer), Kantemir Balagov (Russian director), Virginie Ledoyen (French actress) and Julie Huntsinger (American executive director, Telluride Film Festival). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Director Spike Lee, speaking at Cannes, denounced Donald Trump as a “motherfucker” because he failed to denounce the Nazis in Charlottesville who murdered a peaceful protestor. Considering that Trump has done even worse things, one wonders what Lee would say about those crimes against racial justice. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Scheduled for release on November 2, Bohemian Rhapsody already looks like a shoe-in come Oscar-nomination season. The movie stars Rami Malek in the title role as Freddie Mercury. Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers also star.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Modern Cinema's master provocateur Lars von Trier adds yet another layer of outrageous satire to his already expansive oeuvre with The House That Jack Built — premiering at Cannes as we speak. If indeed "heaven is the soul and hell is the body," Cinema has the filmmaker to connect the two on film. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Always At The Carlyle” gives you a sense of old New York’s glamour and decadence. The movie is as much a history lesson as it is a celebration of a way of doing business that honors human nature above unbridled greed. You might want to break open your piggy bank to sip a cocktail in Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle after seeing the bar’s enticing atmosphere, complete with a 14K-gold-covered ceiling, on the big screen. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The coolest comic you’ve [probably] not heard of, Rick Crom is a comic legend among stand-up comics. The Chicago-born stand-up comic of legendary New York City status gets his just deserts in this loving documentary from co-directors Dustin Sussman and Aaron Rosenbloom. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) takes the protest song form to new heights in this impressive music video that exquisitely captures America's crisis as a Police State busy escalating its 150-year long system of genocide by degree against Black citizens. While Hollywood hides behind generic superhero movies that only pretend to speak to social issues, Donald Glover puts his body, soul, and voice on the line. Props to Childish Gambino. Bring it on. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Permanent Vacation” represents a state of mind and space that doesn’t exist anymore. Technology has wiped out the possibility for such introspection. So much is lost that can never be regained, or can it? Watching this movie is one of the few tunnels back to a time and place where you could think. It’s a groovy movie to think along to. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The new poster for Ramin Bahrani's adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic gives an enticing sense of this film's retro-modern take on the socially relevant subject matter. The casting looks promising. I don't think Michael Shannon has ever given a less than stellar performance in anything he's done. Michael B. Jordan certainly has the stature for the role of Guy Montag. Rev your engines and get out your fire extinguishers; it's getting hot. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Not only is Leon Russell’s legacy as one of American music’s most vibrant composers and performers maintained here, so too is Les Blank’s intuitive genius as a filmmaker of grit, soul, and heart. This is one artistic historic that stands. Nothing more needs be said. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
MAY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK! Includes Richard Linklater's Slacker, the cinema of Kelly Reichardt, and nine films from Cannes '68! Tuesday, May 1 From the Archives: High Noon* Gary Cooper stars in this real-time western as a sheriff looking forward to retirement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
If you liked the first episode of Adam Zuniga's METAL MONDAY, you'll love the follow-up. Bang your head! Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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William Friedkin’s audio-enhanced documentary about an actual exorcism is a lukewarm flop. At just 68 minutes long, “The Devil and Father Amorth” is a filmic amuse bouche that leaves behind a sour taste. It’s sad that the director of such amazing films as “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” and “Sorcerer” has chosen to leave behind this paltry cinematic footnote. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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“Police Beat” is far from a perfect film, but its originality unites with its quietly charismatic lead actor and keen compositions to generate a haunting human experience brimming with truthful social commentary. Sadly, Pape Side Niang passed away at the age of 25 with “Police Beat” as his only film. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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If only I had never really seen this atrocity of a movie I’d feel much better. That does it; I’m giving up on Lynne Ramsay for good. I loathed Ramsay’s last film “We Need To Talk About Kevin” (2011). Still, I was willing to give her latest effort a chance. Big mistake. I thought it possible that Ramsay had grown as a filmmaker. The complete opposite appears to be the case. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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If only I had never really seen this atrocity of a movie I’d feel much better. That does it; I’m giving up on Lynne Ramsay for good. I loathed Ramsay’s last film “We Need To Talk About Kevin” (2011). Still, I was willing to give her latest effort a chance. Big mistake. I thought it possible that Ramsay had grown as a filmmaker. The complete opposite appears to be the case. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Luke Korem’s Cinema Vérité documentary about “card mechanic” Richard Turner is an exquisitely told story of a an incredibly talented man’s journey toward becoming a stronger individual with the support of his loving family. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Updated Selection Line-up of the 71st Festival de Cannes Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Don’t believe the hype. “A Quiet Place” is a plot-hole filled waste of time. Scary? Not even close. All respect for John Krasinski and Emily Blunt aside, the performances in this film leave much to be desired. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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CANNES 2018: FULL LIST OF FILMS Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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One of the many things I love about Cannes is the beautiful poster art the festival's artists consistently come up with. Ah yes, the romantic fantasy of Cinema. Is there anything finer? Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Born of one of Bernardo Bertolucci's fantasies about carrying on a purely sexual affair with a complete stranger, Marlon Brando's Paul and Maria Schneider's Jeanne meet regularly in an empty Parisian apartment for unbridled sexual trysts. Paul insists that neither one reveal their names or express any elements of their lives outside their insular world. Theirs is a relationship built purely on carnal intention and experimentation. The stark atmosphere that Bertolucci creates allows for sensual realism to thrive. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews