Posts Tagged ‘history’
 

 

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL Day 5 Capsule Reviews: “Jackie,” “Arrival,” “Loving,” “Blue Jay,” & “Black Mirror”

  JACKIE (Fox Searchlight – December 9):  The most impressive film of the festival thus far is director Pablo Larrain’s jewel-like examination of the realities and artifices behind our perceptions of history, ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Vikings”

  History Channel has been on quite a streak in its last two seasons.  Its first foray into scripted television, the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, was a surprise smash hit, as was this year’s follow-up The Bibl...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Django Unchained”

  DJANGO UNCHAINED – Worth A Ticket – Pre-Civil War American History 101 With Professor Tarantino Quentin Tarantino is, when you think about it, the most successful avant-garde filmmaker in Hollywood.  His tri...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Zero Dark Thirty”

  ZERO DARK THIRTY:  Worth A Ticket – The Year’s Most Gripping Thriller Is True You already know how ZERO DARK THIRTY ends.  You knew how All the President’s Men ended, too, and Apollo 13 and Titanic. ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Hyde Park on Hudson”

  To address the very specific elephant in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON‘s room:  it’s no King’s Speech.  It’s hard to avoid the comparison, because the two movies have a clear overlap, Hyde Park being t...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Cloud Atlas”

  It isn’t often that one needs to invoke Intolerance to describe a current film, but CLOUD ATLAS demands it.  Like D.W. Griffith’s epic, it intercuts between stories taking place across hundreds of years o...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Copper”

  Throughout its first season, COPPER has almost never been as vivid as it seemed like it should be.  The show’s premise and auspices were promising:  the lead producers were Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, who apa...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Master”

  THE MASTER:  Worth A Ticket – The Title Describes the Filmmaker Our shorthand for describing movie directors, even great ones, is to compare them to other filmmakers.  So Quentin Tarantino is Sergio Leone plus ha...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “The Sapphires”

  With The Silver-Linings Playbook and now Wayne Blair’s THE SAPPHIRES, Harvey Weinstein may have the feel-good part of the coming awards season locked down.  This slight but charming true story (or at least R...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Something In the Air” and “Ginger and Rosa”

Toronto this year provided two notable portraits of teenagers growing up in a time of political turmoil, Olivier Assayas’s SOMETHING IN THE AIR and Sally Potter’s GINGER AND ROSA. Assayas’s film is about th...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “The Company You Keep”

As soon as Robert Redford had enough clout to start generating his own movies, he began starring in and often producing some of the best politically-themed films of the 1970s, including The Candidate, Three Days of the Condor...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

SHOWBUZZDAILY @ TORONTO: “Argo”

At this point, with 3 first-rate films to his name, it’s time to stop remarking on how surprising it is that Ben Affleck is a major American filmmaker and just accept that he is one.  His latest, ARGO, is his best yet, ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 

 

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Lawless”

  LAWLESS:  Watch It At Home – A Moonshine War To Make You Long for “Boardwalk Empire” Director John Hillcoat specializes in stark, emotionally distanced pulp, and if that sounds like a contradiction in ...
by Mitch Salem
 

 
 

THE SKED SEASON PREMIERE REVIEW: “Hell On Wheels”

  HELL ON WHEELS – Sunday 9PM on AMC WHERE WE WERE:  Building the transcontinental railroad.  Our antihero, former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, joined the Union Pacific Railroad’s march to the west on...
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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:  VAMPIRE HUNTER – Not Even For Free – An Unconstitutional Offense Against Moviegoers   Honestly:  how is a movie called ABRAHAM LINCOLN:  VAMPIRE HUNTER not a comedy?  It’s as if Wood...
by Mitch Salem