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God’s Slave (Esclavo de Dios) –  Not God’s Servant

God’s Slave (Esclavo de Dios) – Not God’s Servant

    This is the kind of movie, along with Human Capital (Il capitale umano) and Cupcakes for which film festivals are made. I always encourage festival goers to see movies like these, great non-American movies that they will not have the chance to see elsewhere rather than the Oscar-bait movies that while worthwhile, will be widely released not long after the festival ends. God’s Slave is inspired by a ...

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The Congress – More like The Mess

The Congress – More like The Mess

  I did give this live-action/animated movie a chance for the festival’s sake, but my instincts proved correct when it devolved into a nonsense cartoon. Animation, mon œil!   The Congress has an interesting premise:  that in the future, movie studios will own the essences of onscreen talent, an advancement that dispenses with temperamental divas and the horror of their aging. Robin Wright plays herself -her actress self.  In ...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Ignorance Is The Path To Glory or (“Forrest Gump” Won Six Oscars)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Ignorance Is The Path To Glory or (“Forrest Gump” Won Six Oscars)

   Warning !  Birdman is not a movie about a superhero, (despite the fact that there really is a Birdman superhero). Its ethos is decidedly un-American. Comic Con geeks expecting a live action cartoon will be disappointed, if not discombobulated, by the paucity of computer generated special effects and the exigent engagement of thinking skills. This is not a movie for middle-aged adolescents. Director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu sees ...

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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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My Old Lady – Nique Ta Mère, I Don’t Care

My Old Lady – Nique Ta Mère, I Don’t Care

In the first scenes of My Old Lady, we see Kevin Kline strolling the streets of one of the chicest areas of Paris, Le Marais (literally “The Swamp” which it once was). His character, Jim, né Mathias, Gold, has come to claim his inheritance, an unusually large apartment in one of Paris’ most expensive neighborhoods, formidable in both the English and French definitions. We see him pass by the croisement ...

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The Last Of Robin Hood – Shoulda Been In Like Flynn

The Last Of Robin Hood – Shoulda Been In Like Flynn

  The story of The Last Of Robin Hood is fascinating, but the movie fails to fascinate.  This movie is a lot like its star character Errol Flynn himself:  so much to work with, such a waste of fine resources. Errol Flynn was a movie star with a classy image but led the private life of R Kelly.  The often misquoted expression “In like Flynn” refers to his acquittal ...

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The Cosmopolitans – Bougies in Paris

The Cosmopolitans – Bougies in Paris

Le Movie Snob normally doesn’t review TV series.  However, considering that the quality of many series exceeds that of what’s on view at the cinéma and that this show takes place in Paris, I felt I should offer my franco-centric perspective. The Cosmopolitans is Amazon’s second foray into the tele-world; the first was Alpha House which was good, but not HBO-good. I venture that Amazon’s execs thought bringing ...

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