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by Sam Juliano

For the second year in a row Lucille and I frantically criss crossed Manhattan with the resolve of people really on a mission.  Mind you we received passes for a bunch of specific films for two years prior to 2012, but only with the badges that allow admission to to all screenings, did we embark on a strategy of seeing as many films as possible for the ten day duration of the twelfth annual Tribeca Film Festival.  Most of the films were seen in  the Claridge Chelsea Cinemas on 23rd Street, the location that traditionally stages the majority of the venues, the last day’s award-winning encores, and the one location that is most conveniently located.  Indeed Lucille and I were able to find parking for all our trips in close proximity to the spacious three-floor multiplex, and took advantage of the discount offered at Lucky Burgers, where we consumed more vegeburgers in one week than any time previously.  We averted any screenings at the downtown movie auditorium known as the MBCC Tribeca PAC, located on Chambers Street, as past experiences were maddening in more ways than one.  In addition to the aforementioned Chelsea location, where the films were screened in six theaters, the SVA two auditorium complex was a short block away east on 23rd.  The mega screens of the SVA were utilized to present most of the “spotlight” films in the festival, especially with the impressive seating capacity offered there.  Meanwhile the AMC LOEWS Village 7 on 3rd Avenue and 11 Street was again the site of the second largest number of screenings at the festival in three sizable theaters in the popular east side multiplex, and the final day’s Back By Popular Demand showings.  It’s always a daunting challenge to pen in a film schedule that will work, even with most of the offerings running four times over the ten-day festival.  Even as holders of the permanent ‘A’ badges there were three instances we were shut out of intended screenings for arriving too close to the starting time with the respective theaters filling to capacity.  Still for the vast number of screenings all went quite well, and we had a great if exhausting time at this year’s event.  All told I managed 37 features, while Lucille watched 28 (we did split into two theaters on a few occasions) and young Sammy took in 6.  Broadway Bob viewed 7 films, while Melanie managed 2, but we did need to make some purchases of individual seats to allow for the instances where more than two people attended.  But most of the time it was Lucille and I in marathon mode, and it was an experience we’ll always remember fondly.  (more…)

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The-Thick-of-It

by Allan Fish

(UK 2005-2012 550m) DVD2

Motherwell rules!

p  Adam Tandy, Armando Iannucci  d  Armando Iannucci  w  Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche, Ian Martin, Simon Blackwell  ph  James Cairney

Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), Chris Addison (Oliver Reeder), Rebecca Front (Nicola Murray), Chris Langham (Hugh Abbot), James Smith (Glenn Cullen), Joanna Scanlan (Terri Coverley), Lucinda Raikes (Angela Hainey), Polly Kemp (Robyn Murdoch), Paul Higgins (Jamie), Justin Edwards (Ben Swain), Alex MacQueen (Julius Nicholson), Will Smith (Phil Smith), Roger Allam (Peter Mannion), Olivia Poulet (Emma Messinger),

There’s a moment in Armando Iannucci’s brilliant political comedy where one of the conservative yes men asks, apparently seriously, “what’s wrong with the eighties?”  He lists various pretty worthless things that most dreadfully unfashionable decade gave us.  To that list he may have added Yes, Minister, the justly revered chess game of Whitehall manoeuvring which tickled Margaret Thatcher’s previously thought extinct funny bone.  A fact that begs the question, have Tony Blair, Gordon Brown or David Cameron watched The Thick of It.  If they didn’t, and I can’t really see either of them so doing, then we can safely say that the Malcolm Tuckers of this world had something to do with it. (more…)

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