The Prime Ministers Adapts Yehuda Avner’s Book for the Screen

The Prime Ministers is a two-part documentary that brought Yehuda Avner’s book to the screen over the course of a few years. Nowadays, this two-part documentary–Pioneers and Soldiers and Peacemakers–would probably be released as a documentary series. Instead, both parts–running close to four hours combined–were released in 2013 and 2015. It covers some events featured in other Moriah Films documentaries but that’s just the nature of Israeli documentaries at this point. For instance, In Search…

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It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl chronicles the life of Herzl as he becomes the modern-day founder of Zionism. The title itself comes from the saying, “If you will it, it is no dream.” A Jewish state didn’t seem like a reality in his day but he paved the way for Jews to return home from Europe and elsewhere. Obviously, there were a number of roadblocks along the way but the tragic…

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Django Unchained Marks Its 10th Anniversary

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained marked the tenth anniversary of its 2012 theatrical release earlier this week. Django (Jamie Foxx) is a slave who happens to land an unlikely encounter with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). He’s the key to helping Schultz find the Brittle brothers and for his help, the bounty hunter promises to free him. When Django fulfills his obligations, he chooses not to go his own separate way but…

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Pushes Animation Into A New Direction

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio takes the classic story everyone knows and moves it up a few decades by dropping it into Fascist Italy. Before I dive into plot and such, let’s talk about the animation. Despite what some people might tell you otherwise, animation is film. It always has been and always will be. I delayed writing my review until after my second viewing of the new film. The film is even more impressive one…

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No Time to Die Arrives On 4K Ultra HD

No Time to Die offers thrilling entertainment as Daniel Craig signs off following his five films starring as Ian Fleming’s James Bond. You can now bring home Craig’s final Bond installment on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD Collector’s Editions. It’s hard to say what the future offers for the James Bond franchise although there’s no shortage of potential contenders. What is known for sure is that this is it for Daniel Craig. It’s been…

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The French Dispatch Is Short of Masterpiece Status

The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalism especially The New Yorker, is a mostly good film that’s well worth the wait. This film is a series of vignettes focusing on a travelogue, art, student protests, and a police kidnapping. The four stories come from the final issue of The French Dispatch, based in the fictional French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. Outside of the city, nothing ties them together. Together, the vignettes do feature an…

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Inglourious Basterds Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist war film with one of the best cinematic endings, makes its arrival today on 4K Ultra HD. The following is from my review as written in 2019 for the 10th anniversary. However, there are some revisions to account for the last two years. Unfortunately, there is no change in the Jew-hatred. A shame. All people need to do is just not hate Jews. Is this too much to ask? But…

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No Time to Die: One Last Ride for Daniel Craig

No Time to Die offers thrilling entertainment as Daniel Craig signs off following his five films starring as Ian Fleming’s James Bond. It’s hard to say what the future offers for the James Bond franchise although there’s no shortage of potential contenders. What is known for sure is that this is it for Daniel Craig. It’s been a beautiful ride over the past sixteen years and this film is no exception. Cary Joji Fukunaga’s directorial…

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Spectre: Sam Mendes Pushes The Limits

Sam Mendes pushes the limits during his second James Bond directorial outing in Spectre to get James Bond back to the travelogue roots. You know this is going to be a big film right from the Day of the Dead pre-titles sequence in Mexico City. It’s one of the biggest openings by far and it gives Mexico some proper representation on screen. By the end of the film, however, Spectre proves to be just one…

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QT8: The First Eight Honors Quentin Tarantino

QT8: The First Eight is a feature-length documentary paying tribute to Oscar-nominated filmmaker and cinephile Quentin Tarantino. Everything started with Reservoir Dogs in 1992. After its midnight premiere during Cannes, history would forever change.  This was the breakthrough.  Michael Madsen shares some interesting insight into the film’s wardrobe especially with the all-black clothing. The film is told in three distinct chapters: The Revolution, Badass Women and Genre Play, and Justice.  It’s a reminder of the…

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