Archive for Film

Pandora’s Box

by Rick Segreda   In the last two decades, the Turkish experience in contemporary film has come into prominence for world audiences through the immigrant sensibilities of Fatih Akin, based in Germany, and Ferzan Özpetek, based in [...]

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Rick Segreda Three years ago I placed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” on the top of my year’s best-of list, largely for how it returned intelligent writing and competent craftsmanship to the high-budget, [...]

Interview: Werner Herzog’s Sound and Vision

by Rick Segreda photo courtesy Eric Spitzer-Marlyn Werner Herzog and Eric Spitzer-Marlyn have maintained a fruitful partnership as filmmaker and sound engineer since 1999, when Spitzer-Marlyn engineered the audio for “My Best Enemy”, Herzog’s tribute to [...]

Robin Williams, 1951 -2014

by Rick Segreda With his death last weekend, Robin Williams will now overtake Marilyn Monroe as the most famous suicide in Hollywood history, which is ironic. Whereas Monroe’s self-willed death was prompted by a fear that [...]

Le Passe

by Rick Segreda Asghar Farhadi “Le Passe” is a brilliant and emotionally-wrenching family drama from France that is the equal of the late master of the genre, Maurice Pialat. Indeed, as a contemplation of love and [...]

A Tribute to Tom Tykwer

by Rick Segreda Born in 1965, Tom Tykwer has emerged as the most prominent German director since Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  His international success from 1998, “Run, Lola, Run”, heralded the arrival of a passionate and original [...]

La vie d’Adele

by Rick Segreda   “La vie d’Adele” was 2013’s much-applauded art-house hit from Belgium, making history at Cannes and making money, lots of it, for its producers. The jurors, including Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman, at [...]

Renoir

by Rick Segreda Renoir the painter and Renoir the filmmaker represent two of the highest points in western culture. The fact that they were also father and son, therefore, has always led many to contemplate how [...]

Monsieur Lazhar

by Rick Segreda   “Monsieur Lazhar”, currently playing at the Cine Arte Normandie, is an excellent film, not the least of which because it transcends the negative conventions of its genre. The genre in question, as [...]

Bogus Beauty

by Rick Segreda Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the major critical and commercial success of 2014, winning a whopping total of 21 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Some even see it as [...]