Kenneth Branagh’s extraordinary opera film based on Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’
by Sam Juliano
June continues, leaving behind some torrential rains and some seasonal temperatures. Graduations, proms and summer programs are on the horizon in area school districts, while in the private industry vacations are fast approaching. While movie lovers can look ahead to high profile Cannes releases, a number of highly-regarded independent films are competing for attention with the commercial fodder, at a time when movie greatness is normally elusive.
The western countdown draws closer, though there are still about seven weeks left for prospective voters to finalize their Top 60 choices. Eight (8) ballots have been submitted to this point according to Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. who again will be compiling the numbers in early August to determine the 60 films that will be receiving full essays by a host of writers, in assignments to be firmed up when the totals are sorted. Continue Reading »
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Greta Gerwig gives an irresistible performance in the endearing comic fable “Frances Ha” while co-writing the humanist script with director Noah Baumbach, who finest film this is.
by Sam Juliano
Summer has crashed the springtime party with a promise to hang around for an extended stay. As a result there is an acute need for indoor air conditioning, and some mosquito repellent for back yard barbecues. The school season is winding down, and some die hards -like Yours Truly- are scanning the summer school lists. This is the month for graduations, proms and retirement dinners, and a favorite time for the vacation season to launch. It’s also a reminder that before you know it, autumn will be vying for some attention.
Manhattan’s Film Forum will be staging a 37 film strong Ozu Festival beginning Friday June 7th, and running through the 27th. There a few double features for the price of one, and a few piano accompaniments for the silent features. All films will be shown on 35 mm prints. The Film Forum will also be featuring one week runs of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Rosemary’s Baby, The Servant and 12 Angry Men over the coming months.
Six voters have submitted western countdown ballots, as per information e mailed to me by Voting Tabulator Extraordinaire Angelo A. D’Arminio Jr. Ballots of 60 films listed in order of preference will be accepted all the way up till August 1st. Continue Reading »
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