What’s so funny about the Holocaust? Nothing is really funny about it but director Ferne Pearlstein explores whether or not the Holocaust should be off-limits for comedy. If it’s off-limits what becomes of other controversial topics? What is considered to be too taboo for comedy? How soon is too soon to be talking about 9/11? In her interviews with survivors, we learn that those in the concentration camps turned to humor as a survival technique…"The Last Laugh: What’s So Funny About the Holocaust?"
Month: February 2017
The 89th Academy Awards will be held this evening at the at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony will air live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. My predictions follow. Best motion picture of the year: La La Land; Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers Performance by an actor in a leading role: Denzel Washington, Fences Performance by an actress in…"89th Academy Awards: My Oscar Predictions"
Heading Home, a documentary on the Israeli team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, is turning to Kickstarter to raise funding so that they can follow Team Israel in Seoul, South Korea, this March. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger are Ironbound Films and they were able to raise the funds they needed to follow Team Israel as many of the players visited the Jewish state for the first time. “Without our supporters…"Heading Home: Documentary turns to Kickstarter"
Written and directed by Mike Mills, the semi-autobiographical film is set in 1979 and stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup. Bening has drawn acclaim for her role and rightly so. 20th Century Women provides her with an opportunity to lead a film. With such a strong crowd of women in leading roles in 2016, Bening just missed out on an Academy Award nomination. Just as Bening was worthy…"20th Century Women: Annette Bening shines in Mike Mills’ new film"
Patriots Day takes us behind the scenes of the week that followed the Boston bombing in April 2013. Directed by Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg stars as a Boston Police officer who was one of the first to respond to the attack at the Boston Marathon finish line. Wahlberg is joined by Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan. The screenplay was penned by Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer and was based…"Patriots Day: Thriller revisits Boston bombing"