In her recent podcast, Sarah Silverman commented about the recent casting of Kathryn Hahn as the late Jewish comedian Joan Rivers. Speaking on her podcast, the comedian remarked: “There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish, but people whose Jewishness is their whole being. One could argue, for instance, that a gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface.’” Silverman…"Sarah Silverman Talks Casting Non-Jews As Jews"
In what may be one of the quickest theater-to-home releases for a studio tentpole, Black Widow is now available on home video to buy or rent. Before I dive into my thoughts on the film, we need to talk about the end credits. Because the film displays the credits during an opening montage, there is no mid-credit scene. Instead, the scene comes at the very end of the credits. If you’re watching at home, a…"Black Widow Arrives on Home Video"
It’s been a long time coming for Black Widow but the Marvel spy thriller is finally hitting theaters and Disney+ Premier Access. Before I dive into my thoughts on the film, we need to talk about the end credits. Because the film displays the credits during an opening montage, there is no mid-credit scene. Instead, the scene comes at the very end of the credits. If you’re watching at home, a lot of people worked…"Black Widow: Marvel Does It Again With Spy Thriller"
If not for captivating performances from Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, The Mercy would be a largely forgettable biopic. Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) had a lofty goal. In a perfect world, the amateur sailor would have completed the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The goal of the race is to sail around the world without stopping. There’s a danger that comes with these sort of competitions that need to be stressed. They almost always result…"The Mercy aided by Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz"
The Favourite is the wittiest film to date from director Yorgos Lanthimos and is brought to life largely by three strong women. The newest film from Yorgos Lanthimos takes place in the early 1700s. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) holds the English throne at this time. She’s calling the shots while England and France are at war. The war being the War of Spanish Succession–which doesn’t end until 1714. While it’s safe to say that this film is a…"The Favourite: Yorgos Lanthimos’s Best To Date"
Based on the novel of the same name, Disobedience is the epic romance film that the Orthodox Jewish LGBTQ community has been waiting for. The film is the second consecutive film from director Sebastián Lelio to hit very close to home for this film critic–being both a transgender woman and a member of the Orthodox Jewish LGBTQ community. Sebastián Lelio, who also directed A Fantastic Woman starring Daniela Vega, and Rebecca Lenkiewicz adapted Naomi Alderman’s award-winning…"Tribeca 2018: Disobedience: The Epic Orthodox Jewish Lesbian Romance"
Disobedience is one of the many films to make its world premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival. It’s also one to hit close to home in that it is set within an Orthodox Jewish community involves a same-sex romance. Directed by Sebastián Lelio from a screenplay by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. The film is an adaptation of the award-winning novel of the same…"TIFF: Disobedience focuses on Lesbian Romance in Orthodox Jewish community"
My Cousin Rachel is a well-made period dramatic thriller about romance and mystery even though it’s a remake. Written and directed by Roger Michell from the novel by Daphne du Maurier, My Cousin Rachel stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Granger, Iain Glen, Pierfrancesco Favino, Simon Russell Beale, and Vicki Pepperdine. My Cousin Rachel is set mostly on an estate in England where a young man decides to take revenge against his cousin as he…"My Cousin Rachel offers mystery, suspense in period thriller"
Denial is the true story of Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt’s court battle during 1996-2000 with a Holocaust denier. The film’s release would have been perfect if it had come out closer to Yom HaShoah. Instead, the release comes during the fall batch Jewish holidays. That being said, the September release will leave the film in the minds of the many Oscar voters. The film is based on Lipstadt’s book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial. Libel…"Denial: The Holocaust on Trial"