New York FF 2020: French Exit

French Exit, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, follows a broke socialite and her son in the new film from Azazel Jacobs. Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer) had plans “to die before the money ran out.”  Alas, this was not to be.  Insolvent and widowed at the start of the film, the Manhattan socialite decides to move to Paris.  The mere premise has all the makes of a comedy but instead, it’s a drama.  Frances could…

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New York FF 2020: Hopper/Welles

Orson Welles and Dennis Hopper have a wide-ranging conversation on the set of The Other Side of the Wind in Hopper/Welles. Years after his passing, Orson Welles still manages to surprise us.  A few years ago, we were treated to what very well could be his final released film.  This year, cinephiles are treated to the premiere of a documented conversation between the Citizen Kane filmmaker and the Easy Rider filmmaker in 1970.  It’s certainly…

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New York FF 2020: Nomadland

Chloé Zhao is a rising star behind the camera and the filmmaker continues to amaze us with her third feature film, Nomadland. In a perfect world, we would be privileged to watch two films directed by Zhao this year.  The other one being a film from Marvel Studios called Eternals.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  In any event, Zhao delivers a very different film than The Rider.  However, this one feels bleaker in nature. No…

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New York FF 2020: MLK/FBI

MLK/FBI becomes the first feature-length documentary to really examine the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Freedom of Information Act can be a wonderful tool when used.  In this instance, we’re allowed to see declassified files that show how longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted the likes of Dr. King.  These files were declassified in 2017-2018 so it’s a quick production on that part.  That Hoover targeted King certainly…

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NYFF 2018: Searching for Ingmar Bergman

The late Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday is celebrated with a new documentary, Searching for Ingmar Bergman. In honor of what would be the Oscar nominee’s centennial birthday, director Margarethe von Trotta speaks with family members, Bergman’s actors, and Swedish filmmakers on the rise.  In doing so, we get a better idea of who Bergman was as a person and why he made the films he did.  What von Trotta seeks to examine are those…

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