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The Queen Ascends To The Throne of Bravo

  Really, Andy Cohen? If you saw last summer’s documentary The Queen of Versailles and thought it was an extended audition for a new show on Bravo -it is with great regret that I announce, you were right! In this week’s New York magazine, Jessica Pressler recounts the seventeen minute tour she and a Bravo publicist were given by “Queen” Jackie Siegel. If you’ve been wondering how David ...

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To The Wonder Is A Wonder, But Not Wonderful

    Disclaimer:  this is the first Terrence Malick movie I’ve ever seen. This fact is just happenstance;  I haven’t avoided his movies on purpose. I’m a Movie Snob, not a movie encyclopedia; I do have a life. Having said that, I don’t think this detail should be of any importance.  I think a movie should be judged on its own merit rather than be informed by pre-existing preferences. ...

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Behind the Candelabra to Compete at Cannes!

  Le Movie Snob has discovered that director Steven Soderbergh dropped a hint last August that Behind The Candelabra would premiere at the Cannes film festival. My embarrassment at being outed for not reading Le Monde on a regular basis is ameliorated by hopeful anticipation that the movie could earn some golden palm fronds (prizes at Cannes are called Palmes d’Or) which would bolster interest and box office- ...

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Roger Ebert Has Disappeared

  I was never a fan of Roger Ebert, yet I feel compelled to acknowledge his death. Death is never an easy subject to discuss; just look at the words we use:  He passed away. (btw, I HATE, HATE it when people only say “passed,” as if adding the “away” will lessen its finality).  Fortunately, this expression is colloquial, and not used in the media who are unafraid ...

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Vote no to seeing “No!”

  After surveying several other reviews for this movie, Le Movie Snob was disheartened to learn that my idea to summarize my review as a battle of “Mad Men” is not original. (sigh) I will be deferential as I mask my disappointment and attribute this to the global success of Mad Men which I presume had some influence on the director, Pablo Larraín, who having been born in ...

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Ginger and Rosa: Not so rosy

  Le Movie Snob is sorry to report after screening Ginger and Rosa that this week has been doubly disappointing in its cinematic offerings. No! was a no-go for me as well. Whilst every day brings memes on Facebook admonishing me to lower my expectations to avoid disappointment, as a Movie Snob, I just can’t.  “Hope springs eternal,” as my mom used to say to our golden retrievers- ...

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Jean Dujardin’s American début movie- smart choice.

  Best Actor Oscar winner of 2012 Jean Dujardin either has some very smart management or is himself, pas con. Rather than ride the flame of fame ignited by his win, he took his time and made sure his first American project would be appropriate and not too risky. The movie is Monument Men, a movie written by Grant Heslov and his partner George Clooney who also directs and stars. ...

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Admission: Bar Your Own Admittance

    Perhaps you are surprised to see Le Movie Snob reviewing a movie as plebeian as mainstream rom-com, or “dramedy” (banish that word!) according to one critic. Quoi gives? (to paraphraze Eddie Izzard) Réponse:  Tina Fey, a talented triple-plus threat worthy of beaucoup snob nods. Verdict:  The movie sucks, and Tina Fey is a movie star. My latter statement might appear to be a compliment.  While not ...

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Lore: Not Another Movie About The Holocaust

    Not another movie about the Holocaust! Holocaust Fatigue is a real, legitimate sentiment; it’s not exclusive to Jewish people and not an indication of anti-Semitism in those who aren’t. It’s understandable when one considers that the New York Times reported in 2003 that since 1990 the equivalent of one Holocaust documentary was produced every two months.  The article even quotes a survivor who “rolls [her] eyes ...

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Omar Sy confirms Le Movie Snob’s Expertise as he lands role in next X-Men Movie

  Le Movie Snob is not clairvoyante, she just knows her stuff.  Hopefully, you’ll remember that not long after Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor Oscar for The Artist, Le Movie Snob predicted that despite that accolade, Omar Sy, not Dujardin, would be the French actor who would crossover to American movies. Here’s what I wrote close to a year ago: Instead of calling Omar Sy’s character an ...

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