Archive for Film

The Original Cinema Paradiso: Cinema Pastene

Cinema Paradiso was an art house hit when it was released in 1988.  It tells the story of Chile’s Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda when he lived in Italy.  While there, Neruda penned love notes for [...]

While We’re Young

by Rick Segreda   Like Woody Allen, writer and director Noah Baumbach has always inclined towards the pretentious in showcasing his highbrow credentials. Thus in his most recent film, “While We’re Young,” he quotes dialogue from [...]

Transformative Years

review by Aug Stone Chilean director, author, and mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky imaginatively rids himself of his family demons in his latest memoir/novel, ‘Where The Bird Sings Best’. When visionary filmmaker/writer/healer Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mother’s mother was eight [...]

Two Days, One Night

by Rick Segreda “Two Days, One Night” consolidates the reputation of the Belgium brothers, Jean and Luc Dardenne, as the foremost exemplars of a social conscience of world cinema, with a kind shout-out to Mike Leigh, [...]

Jurassic World: Prehistoric Attitudes

by Rick Segreda   Twenty-two years after the release of the dinosaur epic, “Jurassic Park,” its third sequel has arrived with its full quota of manufactured excitement. However, for this critic, the suspense had nothing to [...]

Classic Old Movies, Nasty New Audiences, Part II

by Rick Segreda For admirers of an established art form, there is probably nothing more painful than to experience it as the object of ridicule or indifference.  There is the aficionado of classical music, for example, [...]

Ida

by Rick Segreda With commendable courage, this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, “Ida,” explores a still-volatile theme in Poland–antisemitism in the country’s very-Catholic culture. Seventy years after the defeat of the Nazis, it [...]

Still Alice

by Rick Segreda Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Actress, “Still Alice” is a sincere humanist drama that lives up to, but does not transcend, its good intentions. Which is to say that this [...]

Grand Budapest Hotel

by Rick Segreda In addition to all of its accolades at film festivals and critics associations, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” may eventually earn recognition as the most overrated movie of the 21st century. I certainly hope [...]

Reflections on the F-word

by Rick Segreda Photo by Gabriel Insiburo In any book on the history of popular Hollywood movies, at least one chapter should be devoted to the evolution of dialogue since the talkies. Or more precisely, its [...]