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Star Wars:  The Force Awakens – Why Do I Care?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Why Do I Care?

I haven't seen any commentary reflecting the bigger picture I see in this cinematic event. I along with just about every other member of Generation X, saw the first movie (now the fourth) when it opened in 1977.

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Why I’m So Over The Oscars

Why I’m So Over The Oscars

Like a sheep drawn by Le Petit Prince, I will watch the Oscars tomorrow night.  I’ll probably even tweet (Barbie@lemoviesnob) during the ceremony. But I won’t be dazzled by who wins what or who’s wearing whom. Last year was the first year in many I missed the Oscar ceremony.  I was at the True/False documentary film festival and was persuaded to catch a late screening of The Notorious ...

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Elsa & Fred – Nueva Versión

Elsa & Fred – Nueva Versión

      Elsa & Fred , the 2006 Grand Prize winner of the St. Louis International Film Festival has been remade. Mais non! Remakes always induce groans for Le Movie Snob, but with Christopher Plummer playing Fred, Shirley MacLaine as Elsa, and Michael Radford (Il Postino) directing, it may just work out.  It opened the Miami Film Festival this past March and received a “roaring response.” While the ...

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Paris-Manhattan – A Welcome Break from Tsuris

Paris-Manhattan – A Welcome Break from Tsuris

  While France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, 2014 has not been a banner year for her to boast of liberté, égalité, and fraternité. The conflict between Israel and Gaza produced violent demonstrations, and acts of violence against Jews not seen since the time of Hitler’s occupation.  As a result, more Jews have fled France for Israel than ever before. Contributing to the anti-Semitic atmosphere has ...

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Saint Laurent – Aux Oscars!

Saint Laurent – Aux Oscars!

  On the eve of its American release September 30th, the second of two biopics of the the late designer Yves Saint Laurent, Saint Laurent, has been officially submitted by France as its consideration for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. The first biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, while first out the gate, was not well received. Anticipation for the latter movie is high as the très talentieux Gaspard Ulliel ...

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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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