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Behind The Candelabra: What’s Behind The Curtain Behind The Candelabra

    Many motivational speakers have said the secret to finding happiness is to keep one’s expectations low. Le Movie Snob should have borne this in mind when months of high hopes culminated with the airing of Behind The Candelabra on HBO during Memorial Day weekend.  I was SO excited about this movie, which was apparent from the many articles posted on Le Movie Snob’s Facebook page (SVP, like, merci). ...

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Cannes 2013: Over Half Over

    Sunday’s award ceremony is fast approaching and odds are being calculated for which films are likely to take home the coveted top prize, Le Palme d’Or.   The prize will be handed to the winner by actress Uma Thurman.  Thurman’s next role was announced at the festival; she will be playing homophobic orange juice pusher Anita Bryant.   I can’t think of anything clever to say ...

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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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Side Effects: Watch As Directed

    (This paragraph should sound like the last part of a drug commercial where they rush through all the side effects and disclaimers.) If you have been exposed to any press or publicity concerning the movie Side Effects, you may anticipate the following: -the apprehension that this is a movie that will be biased against “Big Pharma” likely to provoke a national examination on our current societal ...

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Your Eyes Have Never Been On A Trip Like This!

  Enfin! The Diana Vreeland documentary has touched down in fly-over country opening January 25th at Plaza Frontenac on its “bazaar” path of theatrical release. prélude: There is a delightfully mortifying scene in the 2010 documentary Ultrasuede:  In Search Of Halston wherein the director Whitney Smith is filming an interview with himself and American Vogue’s (literally) editor-at-large, André Leon Talley. During their conversation, the director interrupts Mr. Talley to ask ...

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Another About Face

  HBO is re-running Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ superb documentary!  Don’t miss it! Schedule: Le Movie Snob’s review    

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Oscar likely to nominate documentary from Israel NOT about the Holocaust!

The status quo at the Academy Awards has for the most part followed this unwritten rule:  if there’s a documentary made about the Holocaust, then it must win the Oscar for Best Documentary.  It’s not about the movie; it’s about the subject.  If the Academy were to not acknowledge the Holocaust, it would be perceived as anti-Semitic, the beginning of forgetting that which must never be forgotten, and ...

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About Face: Fashionably Late Review

    After the cringeworthy Ultrasuede, In Search for Halston in which director Whitney Smith conducted his search incongruously in a Trans-Am and on film admitted to André Leon-Talley that he didn’t know who Diana Vreeland was… (let that sink in for a moment), I am grateful to recommend what may well be the best documentary ever made about high fashion models. Perhaps because the movie’s director Timothy ...

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