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Microbe and Gasoline Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 27 - 2016 0 Comment
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MICROBE AND GASOLINE (Microbe et Gasoil) Partizan Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Michel Gondry Written by: Michel Gondry Cast: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Diane Besnier, Audrey Tautou, Vincent Lamoureux, Agathe Peigney Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/21/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 What a delightful little piece!  Michel Gondry, whose “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” hints of the writer-director’s surreal bent, as that movie deals with two characters who seek to erase memories of each other from their minds, now tackles the really special time of adolescence.  Two teens, Daniel (Ange Dargent), called Microbe because of his small shape, and Théo (Théophile Baquet, called Gasoline because  [ Read More ]

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Our Kind of Traitor Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 25 - 2016 0 Comment
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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director:  Susanna White Written by: Hossein Amini from John le Carré’s novel Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård Screened at: Dolby 24, NYC, 7/6/16 Opens: July 1, 2016 College professors are sometimes said to be living in an ivory tower, but those who teach sciences and business administration would hardly be in the same room as poetry teachers.  Poetry professors together with members of the philosophy department, though, would have adjoining rooms in the tower penthouse.  They are about the last people you would suspect to get involved with the Russian mafia, particularly  [ Read More ]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 21 - 2016 0 Comment

Hunt for the Wilderpeople The Orchard Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Taika Waititi Written by: Taika Waititi Based on: Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tuss, Finn Release Date: June 24th, 2016 Ricky (Julian Dennison), an abandoned, overweight, thirteen-year old child living in New Zealand, had his share of foster care homes. Life changes when he is delivered by Paula (Rachel House), a social worker, to the modest home of Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). The couple live in a small house with outdoor plumbing and hunt for  [ Read More ]

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Atlit (Rendez-vous à Atlit) Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Atlit (Rendez-vous à Atlit) Director: Shirel Amitai Starring: Geraldine Nakache, Judith Chemla, Yael Abecassis, Arsinee Khanjian, Pippo Delbono, Makram J. Khoury, Yossi Marshak. Writer-director Shirel Amitai’s debut feature ‘Atlit’ follows three siblings reconnecting in their childhood home. The story takes place in 1995, in the small town of Atlit, where Cali (Geraldine Nakache) meets her sisters Darel (Yael Abecassis) and Asia (Judith Chemla), to sell the house inherited by her parents. The newly found proximity between the three, creates an oneiric family sensation where the girls interact with the spirit of their parents – Mona (Arsinee Khanjian) and Zack (Pippo Delbono) – as they wonder whether to sell the  [ Read More ]

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Hitler’s Folly Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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HITLER’S FOLLY Bill Plympton Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C- Director:  Bill Plympton Written by: Bill Plympton Cast:  Nate Steinwachs, Dana Ashbrook, Michael Sullivan, Kristin Samuelson, Andreas Hykade, Morton Hall Millen, David Shakopi, Kevin Kolack, Edie Bales, Alfred Rosenblatt, Ari Taub, James Hancock Screened at:  Free Link, NYC, 6/3/16 Opens: June 1, 2016 Mel Brooks, who directed the film “The Producers”—which features the hilarious, boundary-shattering song “Springtime for Hitler”–can breathe a sigh of relief.  His reputation as the creator of what is arguably the best, most audacious laugh-fest about the 20th Century’s worst tyrant easily matching Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 “The Great Dictator,” stands without a real modern challenge.   [ Read More ]

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The Neon Demon Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 20 - 2016 0 Comment
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The Neon Demon Amazon Studios & Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B- Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Written by: Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola, Bella Heathcote, Karl Glusman, Keanu Reeves Release Date: June 24th, 2016 When sixteen-year old pretty Jesse (Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles her aim is to break into the fashion industry. Little does she know that in this “dog-eat-dog” world a model is “finished” by the time she turns twenty-one. The competition is fierce but Jesse manages to charm many including: Dean (Karl Glusman), her new best friend and  [ Read More ]

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Wiener-Dog Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
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WIENER-DOG     Amazon Studios Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Todd Solondz Written by: Todd Solondz Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Danny DeVito, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Letts, Zosia Mamet Screened at: Dolby 88, NYC, 5/31/16 Opens: June 24, 2016 There’s this Yiddish proverb Mann Traoch, Gott Lauch, meaning, loosely, “If you want God to laugh, tell him your plans.”  Todd Solondz, best known for “Welcome to the Dollhouse” (an unpopular seventh-grade girl finds her life miserable, taunted by the world), this time looks into several individuals and families whose plans may call for a happy future.  But life intervenes and dismay and depression follow.  Solondz’s picture  [ Read More ]

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Germans & Jews Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
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GERMANS & JEWS First Run Features Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Janina Quint Written by: Janina Quint Cast: Paul Kogan, Abigail Pogrebin, Wendy Grabel, Margaret Mintz, Tal Recanati, Janina Quint Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 6/13/16 Opens: June 10, 2016 through June 23, 2016 In 1942 the Nazi government in Germany announced that the country was “free of Jews.”  Presumably all had either left when the leaving was good or deported to the camps where most were murdered.  Would a single German citizen, part of the mobs raising their arms in the obscene salute and pictured by Janina Quint in her documentary “Germans & Jews,” have guessed  [ Read More ]

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SakkieFTW’s Experiment 1.3.2 EP Review

Posted by Karen Benardello On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment
SakkieFTW's Experiment 1.3.2 EP Review

Artist: SakkieFTW EP: Experiment 1.3.2 Production: Written by SakkieFTW on Reason 8; Mixed and Mastered by Adam Veenendaal Honoring cherished beats that help make intense genre music thrive, while also incorporating your own intriguing instrumentals, can be a challenge that not all musicians can conquer. But Vancouver-based Dubstep-DnB artist, SakkieFTW, is proving that mixing classical and uniquely modern sounds can ultimately form one of the most pulsating and captivating EPs of the year. The musician has released the memorable and defining five-track EP, ‘Experiment 1.3.2,’ which isn’t afraid to push boundaries and appeal to a variety of listeners. The stunning EP beings with the intense track ‘Spiral,’ which features the  [ Read More ]

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Kabukicho Love Hotel Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 18 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Kabukicho Love Hotel Director: Hiroki Ryuichi Starring: Sometani Shota, Maeda Atsuko, Lee Eun-woo, Son II-kwon, Minami Kaho, Matsushige Yutaka, Mori Nao, Murakami Jun, Taguchi Tomorowo, Oshinari Shugo, Wagatsuma Miwako, Kawai Aoba, Miyazaki Tomu, Hinoi Asuka. Sex, humour, melancholy, discouragement, hope, destiny. These are Hiroki Ryuichi’s ingredients, sprinkled upon the lives of the diverse couples that populate ‘Kabukicho Love Hotel’. The story is set in Tokyo’s red-light district — Kabukicho — prevalently in a motel, that allows couples privacy for sexual activities. The bad boy of Nippon cinema, returns to his indie pink film roots, by portraying twenty-four hours in the life of the young director of the love hotel,  [ Read More ]

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Time To Choose Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On June - 16 - 2016 0 Comment
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Title: Time To Choose Director: Charles Ferguson  Genre: Documentary Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson addresses global climate change in his third feature. He portrays the breadth of the environmental challenge, the power of solutions already available, and the remarkable people working to save our planet. Ferguson has a gift for dissecting, blatantly and concisely, the issues of our time, as he demonstrated with ‘No End in Sight,’ that examined the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and ‘Inside Job,’ which grasped the economic meltdown of 2008. In ‘Time To Choose’ we are presented with doomsday scenarios, as the narrative ponders on three main chapters that are the most detrimental drivers to climate  [ Read More ]

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My Love, Don’t Cross That River Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 13 - 2016 0 Comment
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My Love, Don’t Cross That River Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Moyoung Jin Written by: Moyoung Jin Cast: Kang Gye-Yeol, Byong-man Jo Release Date: June 17, 2016 Eighty-nine-year old Gye-yeul Kang and ninety-eight-year old Byong-man Jo have lived together for seventy-six years in South Korea. Moyoung Jin directing his first feature-length documentary, was given permission to follow them during the last year of their married life. We get a chance to see their modest house located in a small town in Hoengseong County in Gangwon Province; their dogs: a white nameless one and a black pregnant mixed terrier named Freebee; their sleeping arrangements, which  [ Read More ]

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Me Before You Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
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ME BEFORE YOU Warner Bros. Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Showbiz Grade: B Director:  Thea Sharrock Written by: Jojo Moyes from Jojo Moyes’ novel Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Vanessa Kirby, Jenna Coleman Screened at: Warner, NYC, 5/24/16 Opens: June 3, 2016 Though “Me Before You” will take its place among more or less saccharine romantic dramas, Thea Sharrock’s movie is thoroughly watchable thanks to two central social-class-related performances.  Sharrock, whose film debut was filmed by Remi Adefarasin in Pembrokeshire, Wales—which unknown to many here in the U.S. has an abundance of castles—tackles the theme of social-class politics between a fabulously rich Traynor family and a down-and-out  [ Read More ]

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Argentina Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On June - 12 - 2016 0 Comment
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ARGENTINA Barakacine Producciones Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Carlos Saura Written by: Carlos Saura Cast: Liliana Herrero, Soledad Pastorutti, El Chaqueño Palaveci, Jairo, Luis Salinas Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/28/16 Opens: June 17, 2016 If you expect this look at the music and dance of Argentina to be a plethora of tangos, you’re mistaken, because Carlos Saura does not do clichés.  The eighty-four year old Saura is one of Spain’s most prolific documentarians, having covered topics of Spanish interest including his 2010 “Flamenco, Flamenco,” which covers what I consider the world’s most passionate dance, and “Bodas de sangre, which is a great tragedy written by Federico  [ Read More ]

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Troublemakers The Story of Land Art Review

Posted by juliana On June - 11 - 2016 0 Comment
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TITLE: Troublemakers The Story of Land Art FIRST RUN FEATURES DIRECTOR: James Crump WRITER: James Crump CAST: Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, Nancy Holt, Willoughby Sharp, Carl Andre, Vito Acconci RUNNING TIME: 72 min RATED: Unrated (Language) SPECIAL FEATURES: Discussion with director James Crump and Philipp Vergne (45mn); The Artist Bios; Director Bio AVAILABLE ON DVD & VOD 05/17 The life of artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s was apparently quite difficult. This documentary features a handful of New York artists that were tired of being boxed into a gallery, and sought out larger venues to showcase their creativity and came up with “land  [ Read More ]

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