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This site was borne of my passion for movies, particularly French films. I have spent time in France and am fluent in the language, hence the “le”. The “snob” part, while of French origin, is not meant to intimidate, but rather an effort to reclaim the word from the pretentious, just as the gay community has done with the word “queer.” We’re all snobs; we all like what we like.
Philip Seymour Hoffman A Disparu

Philip Seymour Hoffman A Disparu

   While I would normally be grateful for anything that would detract from the unwarranted attention given to the Super Bowl, this is most certainly NOT what I would have wished on a twinkling star. Those of us brave enough to call ourselves Movie Snobs are learning of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the greatest acting talents EVER. As I am still in shock, I ...

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Salinger – Just as he would have wanted it

Salinger – Just as he would have wanted it

  When Salinger was released theatrically last year, its trailer boasted it was going to be “The Movie Event Of The Year!” It turned out to be the movie non-event of the year, despite the unprecedented, valiant, ultimately futile re-editing of the movie by Harvey Weinstein personally -while it was still in theatres. You may recall from my review that Salerno scored a trifecta payday for his work: ...

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Yves Saint Laurent –  Duelling Yves

Yves Saint Laurent – Duelling Yves

The first of two French biopics on legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent opens in France tomorrow. Voici the trailer: Stage actor Pierre Niney certainly looks like Saint Laurent. The more promising Saint Laurent starring Gaspard Ulliel is scheduled to be released May 14th.  

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Les Évités: Movies Purposely Avoided in 2013

1. The Wolf Of Wall Street I read the book, so I’ve spent enough time on this story.  Also, because my pal Jordan Belfort should have played himself.  Leonardio DiCaprio doesn’t have the charisma the real “wolf” does.  Watch: 2. 42 – why remake the story of Jackie Robinson when the real Jackie Robinson starred in a movie in 1950 called The Jackie Robinson Story? 3. The Butler ...

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Les Pires – Ze Worst Movies Of 2013

 There can be no best without the worst.  I have seen all of these movies in their entirety -including the closing credits with the exception of You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet which I could only watch, with valiant effort, for 20 minutes.   Here are the deserving designates.       1.  The World’s End – a mildly entertaining comedy about 40-something adolescents for the first 30 minutes ...

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Les Best Movies of 2013

Unlike most reviewers, I have waited until the actual end of the year to reveal my summation movie lists.   This list comprises only movies that I have seen -there are some 2013 releases I have yet to déguste,– and it is limited to movies that were officially released in 2013.  Wonderful movies that I discovered this year, but were released officially last year, such as the intriguing ...

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12 Years A Slave – No “Roots” Showing

  12 Years A Slave has been in cinémas for a couple of weeks now. I would do a typical review, but even with my regular research and taking the risk to articulate my opinion, I couldn’t do a better job than Frank Rich did expressing his own in New York magazine. Chiwetel Ejofor’s performance as Solomon Northrup in this movie is spectacular, so much so that it felt ...

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Dîner en Blanc: The World’s Largest Dinner Party — Don’t Call It A Pot-Luck!

   Leave it to the French to create the best pyramid scheme ever. There’s no upfront fee, no obligation to buy hundreds of dollars of the crap you’re supposed to sell, no euphemistic creepy name like “Friends Helping Friends” – I hope that’s not still going on in L.A. Instead of losing your friends by pressuring them to buy said crap, or losing them by not ponying to ...

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Versailles ’73: An American Runway Revolution

     While the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy dominated the media yesterday, today, one hopes the brouhaha will cease so that another important anniversary can be honored.  November 28th, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the unexpected American victory at the Battle of Versailles in France. You didn’t know America had been at war with the French?  Of course if you ask anyone ...

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The Past – Le Passé

  If Le Movie Snob had done a “Les Best Movies” list for 2011, A Separation would have held a spot very close to the top.  The movie, by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, was the favorite to win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar; its win gave me a brief advantage in the Oscar pool that year. The Past is his follow-up to that masterpiece.  It is the ...

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