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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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Aside from one very cheesy subplot misstep involving a little girl (Farrah Mackenzie) singing “Country Roads,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Lucky Logan” is a rollicking heist movie with an appropriately greasy sense of slick humor. An ensemble piece in the vein of Soderbergh’s “Oceans” franchise, “Lucky Logan” pinballs between a litany of goofball characters with bell-rings and comic zaps. Continue reading
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Posted 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Daniel Craig confirmed on last night's episode of The Stephen Colbert Show that he will return for one last James Bond film. Hallelujah! Daniel Craig has been a pitch-perfect addition to the 007 franchise. Oh, how we love watching Craig's Bond get in and out of trouble. The as yet untitled Bond feature is slated for release on November 8, 2018. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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I’ll give it to you straight. If you’re a die-hard Replacements fan, don’t read this book; it will make you hate the band you thought you loved. If, on the other hand, you’re a rubber-necking reader who loves one good car crash after another then strap yourself in for a rough ride with some of the worst people, and unprofessional musicians, you’ll never have to spend any imaginary facetime with. Paul Westerberg comes off as the biggest asshole you’ve never met. That’s saying something considering all the notorious assholes out there. Sure, I suppose G.G. Allen was worse but he had to good graces to die young. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
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From the looks of it, Tom Cruise probably sustained a few cracked ribs and perhaps a broken knee when he attempted to jump from a scaffolding to the roof of a building in London during filming of a scene for his upcoming film "Mission Impossible 6." The film is scheduled for release in July 2018. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
We are pleased to announce Criterion's upcoming release of 100 YEARS OF OLYMPIC FILMS. Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century's worth of Olympic films - the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES MAIN SLATE SELECTIONS FOR THE 55th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 25 features include new films from Sean Baker, Noah Baumbach, Serge Bozon, Robin Campillo, Claire Denis, Arnaud Desplechin, Philippe Garrel, Greta Gerwig, Alain Gomis, Valeska Grisebach, Luca Guadagnino,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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August 7, 2017 — By Ted Rall Bernie Sanders has joined the chorus of politicians and pundits who warn that the U.S. is sliding into authoritarianism under Trump. But he’s kind of wrong about how. There are indeed reasons to worry that civilian and constitutional rule are giving way to institutional post-democracy. Trump’s cabinet and top White House staff contain enough military generals to give Pakistan a run for its money. Trump’s party controls both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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August 7, 2017 — By Ted Rall American foreign policy analysts are understandably worried that North Korea now has intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. Given that their president is given to bellicose rhetoric and has prioritized his nation’s military program over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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New York, NY (July 31, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Jane Campion’s Own Stories, a retrospective of the groundbreaking filmmaker’s rich and revelatory body of work, September 8-17. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Farewell great muse. My love for Sam Shepard goes back to my early days studying drama at SDSU where I first discovered his plays. No other modern American playwright has touched me as deeply as Sam Shepard. I'll never forget the field trip I took when I was studying drama at Hartnell College to see "A Lie of the Mind" at ACT in San Francisco. We'll miss you Sam. You were the best. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“American Psycho” (made at the turn of the 21st century) is a significant connecting link between the ruthless culture of corporate greed revealed in Oliver Stone’s seminal film “Wall Street” and the ascendency of Donald Trump to the throne of United States President. It’s notable that Stone was temporarily slated to direct “American Psycho,” with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to play the lead, before Mary Harron won the gig with her more perfect casting choice of Christian Bale as the soulless Wall Street narcissist Patrick Bateman. Coincidentally, “American Psycho” is set in 1987, the same year that “Wall Street” was released on elite American males all to ready to mistake the film’s satire for economic and political doctrine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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At best, Christopher Nolan is a barely competent filmmaker. Still, he is far from being an adept storyteller, much less a great director. Not only is Nolan’s “Dunkirk” far from the “masterpiece” that every phony bandwagon-jumping “film critic” pretends it is, the movie is one of the worst war films ever made. Here is a cinematic peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with smooth p.b. and a ton of jelly so that it won’t stick in your throat. You’ll be reaching for a glass of milk rather than the stiff drink that you would be thirsty for if this movie were any good. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Everyone knows clowns are creepy as hell; Stephen King's it promises to be the scariest movie of the year. Boo! Mike and I might just have to include IT in our SHOCKTOBER podcast line-up for LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST). Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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While I enjoyed the overall tone of the movie, and especially the super committed performances of its talented three female stars (Julia Voth, Erin Cummings, and America Olivo), "Bitch Slap" is a mess. Rick Jacobson ("Ash vs Evil Dead" series) is a very skilled director, and his ability to rev up action sequences — ostensibly on a B-movie budget — is impressive, but his screenwriting skills leave much to be desired. Jacobson steals liberally from Quentin Tarantino for this over-the-top sexploitation romp but isn't much for creating a story that sticks. Punchy dialogue only goes so far in masking plot holes a plenty, but there is some snazzy dialogue to be had. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
There Will Be Blood: Daniel-Day Lewis & Paul Thomas Anderson (2007) Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki's band of pompadoured "Finnish Elvis" rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It's the perfect prelude to Jarmusch's 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
There they go again. Hillary was a two time loser. Weirdly, her people are still in charge of the Democratic Party. Clintonista militant moderates haven’t learned a thing from Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump — so they’re trying to sell Democratic voters on more of the same. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Hollywood has had no shortage of man’s men, but perhaps no actor advanced so complex and alluring a model as Robert Mitchum. Mitchum’s incomparable career stretched across five decades and saw him blossom from a bit player in war films and westerns in the 1940s into a bona fide star working with some of Hollywood’s most towering figures in nearly every genre imaginable. Collaborating with pantheon auteurs such as Howard Hawks, Otto Preminger, Jacques Tourneur, Vincente Minnelli, and Nicholas Ray, the handsome and endlessly charismatic Mitchum always had the aura of a man in control of both himself and his situation, yet who was nevertheless besieged—a kind of walking metaphor for modern man’s limitations amid a universe of antagonism and uncertainty. The magnetic figure he cut into the screen has endured as a paragon of timeless cool, and his spot on the Mount Rushmore of American actors is undeniable. This year marks Mitchum’s centenary, and there is no better excuse to spend time with some of the highlights of his staggeringly rich career. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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WONDERSTRUCK — TRAILER & POSTER Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Tony Hawk Skates First Downward Spiral Loop Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Proud Mary movie poster. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Guillermo Del Toro returns with another deep dive into fantasy. Beautiful production design and a great cast make for a promising movie. Del Toro co-writes and directs. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Dunkirk and War For The Planet of The Apes have more in common than you think. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog