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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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Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Jhumpa Lahiri, Summer Hours, Dressed to Kill and La cérémonie Thursday, June 1 Dressed to Kill*: Criterion Collection Edition #770 A symphony of breathless set pieces and lurid motifs, Brian De Palma's virtuoso thriller is a highlight of the controversial... Continue reading
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Okay, so someone at the festival can't spell. Don't let that stop you from checking out the press conference for Sophia Coppola's latest film, The Beguiled, starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kristen Dunst, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, and, Youree Henley. Continue reading
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Want to watch what's going on at the 2017 film festival right this minute? Just click play and you'll be instantly transported to the Riviera. A small request: Help keep Cole Smithey writing reviews, creating video essays, and making podcasts. Click on the button to... Continue reading
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All the attention is on the crises surrounding the Republicans because of the possibility that Trump will get impeached. What everyone’s missing is that the Democrats are an even bigger mess because the corporatist wing still hasn’t made nice with the progressive base of the party who supported Bernie Sanders but didn’t vote in the general election. Continue reading
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The cranes of the film’s title refer to the large majestic fowl admired by a couple of Russian working class lovebirds named Veronika and Boris — played by Tatyana Samoylova and Aleksey Batalov — during the waning days of World War II. The cranes symbolize the lovers’ hope for skies filled with natural beauty rather than birds of war — namely German warplanes. Continue reading
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Todd Haynes's WONDERSTRUCK is on my list of Most Promising Films of 2017. The film's warm reception in Cannes is evident in the press conference, which you can watch here without having to get on a plane to France. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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OKJA is on my Most Promising Films of 2017 list. Great cast working in Bong Joon Ho's magical realist narrative with ecological underpinnings. This is exciting Cinema! Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Steven Yuen, Devin Bostick, and Giancarlo Esposito star. Wait 'till you see the wonderfully enormous pig creature that shepherds a young girl into adolescence. Is the film political? You better believe it. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Back on 24th I wrote a syndicated column explaining that there is a strong chance that Donald Trump would be impeached and that House Speaker Paul Ryan would benefit as a result. This week’s developments confirm my analysis. Bear in mind, this is not a political prediction but rather a musing of how I see things going potentially. Your mileage may vary. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cole Smithey - Articles
Bruno Dumont's musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc Josh and Bennie Safdie's Good Time (starring Robert Pattinson) — In Competition Jacques Doillon's Rodin, starring Vincent Lindon — In Competition François Ozon's L'amant Double — In Competition Léa Mysius's Ava — Critics' Week Bong... Continue reading
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I know it will be awful, but I have to see The Mummy. Will it suck as much as King Kong? Probably not. Tom Cruise does seem to be drinking from the fountain of youth. The CGI looks predictably great; I just hope there's a story to hang all of the big spectacle on. Continue reading
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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 entertain as hell. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Director Stanley Donen mocks British tics such as racism, sexism, and imperialist tendencies in the context of a swinging ‘60s romantic comedy that plays off the urbane comic chemistry between Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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This top-drawer zombie-apocalypse thriller generated major buzz at Cannes in 2016. The South Korean town of Busan is the destination for a trainload of ever-diminishing passengers and a lot of hungry zombies. Director Sang-ho maximizes every cubic inch of suspense the train cars can contain. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers have proposed a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban. The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. This will not, cannot work. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Articles
Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Blake Edwards' Curse of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther, Inspector Clouseau Starring Alan Arkin, Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, Brannigan Starring John Wayne, The Hound of the Baskervilles Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Hal Ashby's 8 Million Ways to Die, The Complete Series of Larry Cohen's 1967 TV Espionage Thriller Coronet Blue Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Almost fifteen years ago, when the relationship between contemporary cinema and its own memory was about to be shaken by the emergent arrival of digital technology, the Festival de Cannes created Cannes Classics, a selection that displays the work of valorisation of heritage cinema carried out by the production companies, the right-holders, the cinematheques or the national archives around the world. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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An ebullient love letter to one of Hollywood’s most endearing creative couples, this gratifying documentary is essential viewing for budding filmmakers. There is a lot of valuable artistic information to be gleaned from storyboard artist/production designer Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson, a married duo who worked together in Hollywood for six decades. The couple contributed to films as varied as Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie,” to Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” to “The Graduate.” Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Cole Smithey - Capsules