She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

  "She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry" is a new film documentary that takes us back to the early days of the women’s liberation movement in 1966-71. The film reminds us of how many gains we made back then, how  ...

Five Shorts from SXSW 2015

  Feature films get most of the hype, but a tightly focused short can often be as much of a satisfying cinematic experience (with far less filler) than a full-length movie. Exhibit A: the following five gems from "South  ...

The Life Of Oharu (1952)

    While watching the DVD of "The Life Of Oharu," a 1952 film by Kenji Mizoguchi, I was put into mind of the Theo Angelopoulos film, "The Weeping Meadow," the first part of a trilogy the film  ...

Ballet 422 (2014)

The title of a new documentary directed by Jody Lee Lipes, “Ballet 422,” refers to the four hundred twenty-second work choreographed for the New York City Ballet. The movie follows the creation of “Paz de la Jolla,” by Justin Peck,  ...

Top Five Films at SXSW

According to Boston Magazine, the term FoMO ("Fear of Missing Out") was coined by a marketing strategist back in 2000, but the basic concept has been perfected by the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Boasting 145 feature  ...

Serena

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, two dazzling Hollywood mega-stars, in a dramatic, gothic love story sounds like a great movie. But unfortunately, while “Serena” has some fine acting, the story is choppy and melodramatic, the pacing is way too slow  ...

Four Oscar Myths

It's Oscar season, which means it's time for entertainment bloggers and reporters to regurgitate timeworn tales of Sacheen Littlefeather accepting Marlon Brando's Best Actor Oscar for "The Godfather," that streaker running past David Niven, and the following four tired Oscar  ...

Paula Farmer’s Oscar Picks 2014

Although 2014 wasn’t a stand-out year for movies, especially in light of recent past years, what was good, was very good. More than likely the categories of Best Movie and Best Director will split. For that I am torn. Will  ...

The Agony And The Ecstasy

You know a film is not that good when the best contemporaneous review one can find of it was from the notoriously bad New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. Who was Bosley Crowther, you ask? Well, he was the  ...