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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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Palme d’Or: “Carol” Grand Prix: “Youth” Jury prize: “Mia Madre” Best actor: Michael Caine (“Youth”) Best actress: shared award by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) Best screenplay: “Dheepan” Best Director: Maiwenn ("Mon Roi") Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Un Certain Regard 2015 Awards Un Certain Regard 2015 presented in competition 19 films hailing from 21 different countries. Four of the works were first films. The Opening film was An by Naomi Kawase. Under the presidency of Isabella Rossellini (filmmaker - United States, Italy),... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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..one of the worst adaptations of a Shakespeare play that has ever been projected onto a movie screen. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Abderrahmane Sissako and Jury announce 18th Cinéfondation Selection Winners Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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The over-booked midnight screening for “Love” (Argentinian enfant terrible Gaspar Noe’s latest provocation) caused at least one fistfight to break out in front of the Palais last night. Those ticketed audience members that did get inside the crowded auditorium were treated to one of the biggest examples of regression for any filmmaker in recent history. What a flop. Pornographic in nature, “Love” is a 3D sexploitation movie made by a filmmaker unaware of the genre... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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aNewDomain Presents ColeSmithey.com The over-booked midnight screening for “Love” (Argentinian enfant terrible Gaspar Noe’s latest provocation) caused at least one fistfight to break out in front of the Palais last night. Those ticketed audience members that did get inside the crowded auditorium were treated to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Although inappropriately screened in the Cannes Classics section of the festival Kent Jones’s painstaking documentary, about the historic eight-day interview sessions between Francois Truffaut and his hero-filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock fulfills an essential niche in the history of cinema. The interviews, for which Truffaut carefully planned for in advance in the same way that he would prepare to make a film, approached each of Hitchcock’s films up to that point, in chronological order. The resulting book... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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aNewDomain Presents ColeSmithey.com Neither Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” nor Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man” was able to hold a candle to Todd Haynes’s latest masterwork “Carol.” Although “Measure” features a solid performance from Vincent Lindon as Thierry, an unemployed French father trying desperately to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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aNewDomain Presents ColeSmithey.com 2015 is the year that art-house directors loaded their competition chances in Cannes by utilizing Hollywood A-listers to beef up their movies. Matteo Garrone (“Tale of Tales”), Justin Kurzel (“Macbeth”), Michael Franco (“Chronic”), Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”), Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”), Yorgos Lanthimos (“The... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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aNewDomain Presents ColeSmithey.com In spite of the fact that there isn’t a lounge for critics and journalists to hang out and drink free beer like there used to be in the pre-austerity days of Cannes, you can pick up on conversations if you have good... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“La Tete Haute” (“Standing Tall”) is a French social realist drama from director Emmanuelle Bercot that avoids clichés as it digs into deep-seeded problems of psychological and social conditions. Don’t look for any Hollywood script conventions here; there are none to be had. Characters’ problems don’t resolve, they merely re-manifest themselves in different ways. The powerhouse casting of Catherine Deneuve as a juvenile detention judge centers the film. Benoit Magimel more than pulls his weight... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Muddled yet delightfully grotesque, ribald, and opulent Matteo Garrone’s warped fairytale triptych isn’t winning any awards in Cannes but it breathes with the cinematic madness of Ken Russell. Vincent Cassel is a hoot as a perpetually horny king ruled by his penis, and Toby Jones's performance as an impish king obsessed with a flea that grows to the size of a small hippo is something to, um, savor. The bizarre out-of-time narrative exists in a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Muddled yet delightfully grotesque, ribald, and opulent Matteo Garrone’s warped fairytale triptych isn’t winning any awards in Cannes but it breathes with the cinematic madness of Ken Russell. Vincent Cassel is a hoot as a perpetually horny king ruled by his penis, and Toby Jones's... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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CANNES 2015 — DAY 1 Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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aNewDomain Presents ColeSmithey.com During the festival there are more exotic fast cars per square kilometer in Cannes than anywhere else in the world. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, and Maseratis ostentatiously rev their engines through Cannes’s crowded narrow streets. Scooters and motorcycles somehow manage to slip past.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
aNewDomain Presents: EX MACHINA Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
AN OPEN SECRET — TRAILER Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
A Palme d’honneur to Agnès Varda Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
CANNES 2015: Un Certain Regard Jury Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Ricki And The Flash — Trailer Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Sabine Azéma, President of the Caméra d’or Jury Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kino Lorber Releases "The Boys in the Band" Blu-ray Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog