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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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For Hollywood, 2014 was another year that wasn’t. But while tinsel town continues to sinks in its abyss of big-spectacle, sequels, and pre-pubescent obsession with comic book characters, the rest of cinema continues to run blinding circles around it. Horror got a meaty surprise with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Kino Lorber 2014 Home Video Highlights and Gift Guide The Conformist from Raro Video (Blu-ray & DVD) Bernardo Bertolucci's acclaimed masterpiece returns in a dazzling new restoration supervised by the director and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro! One of the enduring masterpieces of the 1970s, Bertolucci's breakthrough... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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OFCS 2014 AWARDS NOMINATIONS Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Jean-Luc Goddard famously said, “French neorealism was born” with the cinema of Jacques Tati. At first blush, the statement might seem like an exaggeration, but there’s more than a little truth to it. A trained mime and music hall performer, Jacques Tati was a physically remarkable comedian who put his comic gifts to use as an opaque form of social commentary in a group of six films made between 1947 and 1971. Tati’s painstaking sense... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The influence of William Friedkin’s groundbreaking serial killer procedural “Cruising” is evident in David Fincher’s masterpiece of the subgenre. The director employs shocking violence that mirrors Friedkin’s provocative use of outré displays of gay sexual expression in New York’s public sex clubs in “Cruising.” Fincher detonates periodic gross-out Grand Guignol elements to sustain a morbid sense of nagging suspense. Increasingly nasty crime scene images of dead torture victims rotting in squalid rooms as decorated by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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The decision to split Lars von Trier’s epic erotic journey into two parts is one of the worst cinematic travesties committed in 2014. Von Trier’s signature rigor, combined with the freethinking filmmaker’s unique instincts for penetrating universal human truths, resounds with a pure cinematic clarity that is astounding. Provocative, droll, fearless, and cinematically sexual in unprecedented ways, “Nymphomaniac” (in its proper unedited form) is a four-hour movie with an unknown potential to alter reality. Charlotte... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
WHY ARE AMERICANS SUCH COWARDS? BY TED RALL Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Robby Müller Cinematography Masterclass Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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In the brainwash of modern ideologies it seems apropos that Jörg Buttgereit’s follow-up to his banned 1987 horror film “Nekromantik” would also be prohibited in his mother country of Germany as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and a slew of other countries. After all, “Nekromantik 2” exploits the same taboo conceit as the original film, namely the erotic and romantic tension between an attractive girl and a corpse. As with the first movie, a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Writer-director JC Chandor’s first three films (“Margin Call,” “All is Lost,” and “A Most Violent Year”) combine to reveal a masterful auteur staking out a singular filmmaking career that overshadows Hollywood’s constant barrage of garbage. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Exposure - The Other Side of Jimmy Savile - 3th... by GerrardOlympic Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Lars von Trier from 1-10 Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com David Lynch's filmic immersion into the surreal world of his distinctly odd protagonist Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) comes through in a creepy black-and-white black comedy that functions perfectly as a nerve-wracking exercise in existential horror. Put it down to Lynch’s concurrent introduction to fatherhood, followed by a divorce during the making of the film, which he spent five years preparing and filming. No matter how many films you have seen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com Reese Witherspoon Stumbles Cheryl Strayed, and So Did This Movie “Wild” is an unsatisfying self-help drama that exposes the limitations of Reese Witherspoon’s range. If her performance here were your first time seeing the Oscar-winner’s work, you’d never guess that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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HUNTER S. THOMPSON IN BIG SUR Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The Making of All Mod Cons ★ The Jam — By Don Letts Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The Jam — Start! (ABC's Fridays) Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Smart New Media Presents ColeSmithey.com 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,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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VERTIGO — POSTER ART Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
The New York Dolls - Chatterbox (1974) Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 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