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Thanks For Sharing: No Thanks, I Prefer The Truth

Thanks For Sharing was written and directed by Stuart Blumberg, who wrote the screenplay for  The Kids Are Alright. That movie was very good, even though it was a bit preachy about lesbians being normal people.  Mark Ruffalo had been in Alright, and in this movie is part of a larger A-list ensemble cast; the title alone has a warm feeling, how I could I not have had positive expectations? I forgot that ...

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Austenland: The Girlfriend’s Girlfriend Experience

Austenland Tally Ho!  A hunting we will go!  But for what? © Sony Pictures Classics I went to the Austenland screening thinking I was taking one for the WAMG team.  Should there ever be another documentary about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team, (I’m not making this up), I would cash in my brownie points, posthaste.  Thanks again, Jim. I don’t remember reading Jane Austen in high school, not ...

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Quelques Petits Morceaux- Some Little Bits

*Please forgive the formatting discrepancies in this post.  Merci beaucoup. JOBS   There are several nice things I can say about this bomb of a movie. They didn’t title it jOBS as originally intended. Ashton Kutcher, can act, act well even. It’s possible his legacy will not be limited to playing doofi (I’m guessing that’s the plural of “doofus”); conferring the word, act, and television show that was Punk’d; becoming ...

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Blue Jasmine: La Chute

  This …is the horror movie of  the summer. Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, a widow whose husband, Hal (Alec Baldwin), was a white collar conman most critics and audience members erringly, IMHO, posit to be based on Bernie Madoff. Not only is Madoff disturbingly not the only member of the Elite Assholes Club (Jon Corzine, anyone?), he is too meek and indifferent to the consequences of his acts ...

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Hannah Arendt: Wunderbar!

  I’ve never watched a movie twice before reviewing it …until Hannah Arendt. I’ve always believed that one should be able to see a movie without needing to study it or its subject beforehand.  The burden is on the director and those whom he has chosen to realize his vision to impart a complete experience to the audience.  I still maintain this belief. It’s not that my first ...

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Adieu Bernadette Lafont

Adieu Bernadette Lafont

  Beloved French actress Bernadette Lafont died this morning, July 25, 2013, at the age of 74. Unconfirmed reports cite the cause of death as a heart attack.  She is survived by her second husband, Hungarian sculptor-turned-director Diourka Medveczky. She was hospitalized at the University Hospital of Nîmes earlier this week while visiting the helio-marine center of Grau-du-Roi in the Gard.  Coincidentally, Nîmes was the city of her birth, October 26, ...

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Bert Stern: Original Mad Man DVD

  Eerily, the day I screened this DVD, its subject, Bert Stern, died.  My timing was fortuitous; his obituaries answered questions posed or left unanswered by the movie, providing a more complete sense of the subject.   He was 83.  His active participation in promoting the film’s theatrical release hopefully meant he knew his artistic legacy was recorded for the ages. I had only heard of Bert Stern ...

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“Blue” Won’t Be The Color Of Oscar

“Blue” Won’t Be The Color Of Oscar

  This year’s Cannes Palme D’Or winning film Blue Is The Warmest Color (La Vie D’Adèle, Chapitres 1 et 2) will be released in the US October 9th, donc, after the September 30 deadline for Oscar consideration. While many have expressed disappointment, Le Movie Snob finds this to be a very shrewd move on the part of French company Wild Bunch and the movie’s American distributor, Sundance Selects. ...

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The Out List: Pride for All

  Le Movie Snob is so excited to learn that Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the director of About Face , has a new documentary on HBO!   The Out List tells the stories of sixteen LGBT Americans, some of whom have famous faces, some not.  Among those profiled:  R. Clark Cooper:  former executive director of Log Cabin Republicans. Larry Kramer:  acclaimed playwright and author, co-founder of  AIDS organizations Gay Men’s Heath Crisis and ACT-UP. ...

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