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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Updated Selection Line-up of the 71st Festival de Cannes Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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 6 days ago at Cole Smithey - Reviews
Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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
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Some audiences have accused Anderson of taking low-hanging-fruit by reusing the old “white savior” trope, but the bigger issue is the film’s lack of cinematic zing and emotional connection with its audience. “Isle of Dogs” is a cinematic amuse bouche that is not all that amusing. Dog lovers might go for it, but I liked Anderson’s foxes a whole lot better. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
Asghar Farhadi's EVERYBODY KNOWS will open 71st Festival de Cannes Competition Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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“Chief Zabu” is a fascinating cult comedy for an odd collection of reasons, not the least of which is the punchy comic chemistry that flows between died-in-the-wool New Yorkers Zack Norman and Allen Garfield. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
APRIL PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK! Includes Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place, Adventures in Moviegoing with Adam Gopnik, and five color films by Ozu! Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Peter Bogdanovich’s underseen romantic comedy is an unabashed love letter to 1980 Manhattan. Storyline and plot take a welcome backseat to an attractive if iconic cast portraying characters digging each other and the summer midtown New York vibe they inhabit. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Lars von Trier’s second installment in his Brechtian trilogy of American culture stays true to the stage bound theatrical setting of his first installment (“Dogville” 2003) even if his protagonist heroine Grace seems not to have kept any continuity from her traumatizing experiences in Dogville, i.e. multiple rapes, torture, and various humiliations, including being enslaved before ordering the massacre of a small town. After all, murderers are humiliated by their own bloodlust. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
MARCH PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK! Includes five films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Adventures in Moviegoing with Rebecca Miller, and Ronald Bronstein's Frownland! Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
Check out Adam Zuniga, LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) podcast co-host from our CARNAL KNOWLEDGE episode, with his new Metal Craft Beer video series. Can't say it doesn't rock! Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog
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Shirley Clarke’s 1967 cinéma vérité masterpiece remains a scathing social and character study of race in America for the enigmatic quality of its unreliable subject, Jason Holliday (nee Aaron Payne, 1924-1998). Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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The Polish filmmaker has famously called his movie “autobiographical,” which adds to the confusion of his only English language movie. “Possession” holds the watermark for the most bizarre cinematic experience you will ever have. No other film begins to approach the madness of romantic obsession and political oppression that this film does. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Easily the most unintentionally camp movie of 2017, director Luca Guadagnio’s goofy gay romance drama betrays its oh-so-earnest attempts at being a European art film at every turn. If only this movie had half the ebullient joy of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” then perhaps there would be something for its audience to savor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Capsules
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Like adults who read Harry Potter books as if they aren’t children’s books written on a sixth grade reading level, many grown audiences [knowingly or unknowingly] ignore the fact that superhero movies are a children’s genre. Superhero movies such as “Black Panther” represent nothing more than a dubious method for indoctrinating kids into accepting and participating in violent behavior, with the help of their goose-stepping parents. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. “The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize,” the statement said. Considering that the Korean crisis and a derpy emergency management official had Hawaiians jumping down manholes a few months ago, this news comes as a relief. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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Best Picture: "The Shape of Water" Director: Guillermo del Toro —"The Shape of Water" Actor: Gary Oldman — "Darkest Hour" Actress: Frances McDormand — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell —"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Supporting Actress: Allison Janney "I, Tonya" Original Screenplay: "Get Out" Adapted Screenplay: "Call Me By Your Name" Foreign Language Film: "A Fantastic Woman" Animated Feature: "Coco" Visual Effects: "Blade Runner 2049" Film Editing: "Dunkirk" Animated Short: "Dear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Articles
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“Game Night” is a dark, not black, comedy that taps into modern American fears regarding guns, imposters, and sudden violence. The game is always rigged and no amount of innocence can save you. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Reviews
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New York, NY, February 22, 2018—The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to launch Iconic French Speaker Luncheons, an incisive new series of conversations hosted by French journalist and TV personality Olivier Barrot. Over an elegant luncheon, Mr. Barrot will bring his unique insights into today’s most pressing issues as he interviews some of France’s greatest minds about their areas of expertise. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Cole Smithey - Film Blog