Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Film Society of Lincoln Center ' NYFF 54 has always been the Grand Dame of US Film Festivals and seen internationally as on the A+ List of festivals that matter. This year now that the dust of change has settled Kent Jones and his programing team led by Dennis Lim, Any Taubin, Florence Almaozini, Gavin Smith  has stepped into the fire of the actual world we live as see through the story telling skills of directors of narrative and documentary film. NYFF remains an essential  survey of best of world festivals/ But this year a bold choice for the opening night is  the selection of Ave Duvernay's bold, painful and essential documentary 13th. A look at the history of racism in the US and how pre and post the passage of the 13th Advmendment  slavery still exists in the US lubiricated by the economic drive of forced labor, mass incarceration and the new Jim Crown,  Essential viewing in for all Americans,  And how it archs with the quite brilliant James Baldwin stained I AM NOT YOUR NERGRO and the perhaps most beautiful  film I have seen this year MOONLIGHT a love story that would have been impossible to show when Baldwin was alive and finally TWO TRAINS RUNNIN" in 1964 the Freedom Riders were going South to register voters and break the strangle hold of the KKK, At the  same time young blues musicians including John Fahey  went South to find to find black blues legends .Skip James and Son House. Both groups wound up in Mississippi..which was ground zero of racial hatred and where James Chaney Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwemer were murdered.. each film is essential viewing to understnd how black people in America survived with diguinty the horrows of vilionce, physical brutality, dehiumaixizing treatmeat that has brought us to this BLACK LIVES MATTER Moment. It also shows that while not wbecasue of tecknology the killings og mstly black unarned men by police officers across the country it is not new , thishas been going on ever since slaves were bought and stolen in Africa and delivered to the North America . 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Real WONDER WOMAN has arrived Charlize Theron ATOMIC BLOND delivers

Forget the live action,  comic book WONDER WOMAN ... She pales next to ATOMIC BLOND a real life take-no- prisoners Charlize Theron will make hearts flutter, men shutter, and some women swoon with desire. Theron delivers a fearless woman not afraid to stand up to men and when in the mood enjoy sapphic pleasure when Sofia Boutella presents herself.

Action Hero? .. you bet ... and the clothes! and the 80' techno soundtrack.  This is grown up fun ..even if it has more gun action than even Baby Driver! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MAY IT LAST May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers - Official Trailer - Oscilloscope Laboratories

ONE NIGHT ONLY .... one of my favorite bands (ok so I am a hippie-gay-hillbilly sometimes )  and hope you will be with me watching the AVETT Brothers doc! trailertrailer..................click

Here is where you look to see if it is playing on Sept 12th . in your home town ... and how to buy tickets  http://www.avettbrothersfilm.com/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WOW STEP | Official Trailer | FOX Searchlight

Yes BLACK LIVES MATTERS .. and so do the act of mentoring, giving hope and meaning, showing the power of study and discipline to give meaning to a girl's life.  This film was the buzz hit of Sundance 2017. The appearance of the subjects in performance was an unforgettable moment in the Park City's snow capped mountains. TOGETHER WE CAN be their mantra ... and is mine in this dark moment of politics Culture ia revolutionary tool. Dance is one of the major heartbeat pumps we have. It is free to use. Everybody now,  MOVE! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

WOW Dunkirk is in 70 mm THAT IS BIG .and the MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE is thinjing BIGH

WOW Dunkirk is in 70 mm  THAT IS BIG !and it sneaks at of the moving image on July19...and starting in August MoMI steps and shouts STOP WATCHING FILMS )N YOUR CELL PHONE ...see these films as the filmmaker intended you to watch their work .. Laurence of Arabia , Pink Flood and .....


July 19–August 27, 2017

useum of the Moving Image will present its popular summer series See It Big! 70mm
, featuring nine classic and contemporary films that will be projected in 70mm in the Museum’s majestic Sumner M. Redstone Theater, July 19 through August 27. The series opens on Wednesday, July 19, with a preview screening of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s eagerly awaited epic action thriller featuring an ensemble cast which includes Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, and Harry Styles, courtesy of Warner Bros. The series continues in August with the perennial favorite Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that partly inspired the architectural design of the Museum’s Redstone Theater; followed by a new print of Lawrence of Arabia; Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s The Dark Crystal; Nolan’s sci-fi thriller InterstellarPatton, featuring the iconic performance by George C. Scott; and the cult music film Pink Floyd: The Wall.  

Of special note are two very rare Soviet films by Yuliya Solntseva
The Story of the Flaming Years (1961), for which Solntseva became the first woman to win the Best Director Prize at Cannes (an honor not repeated by a woman until Sofia Coppola this year with The Beguiled), and The Enchanted Desna (1964). Together with Poem of an Inland Sea(1958, presented in 35mm), these films are part of a  trilogy by Solntseva—the unsung actress, director, and 
long-time collaborator of fellow Ukrainian filmmaker Alexander Dovzhenko to whom she was married—screening at the Museum. 
The full schedule is

at movingimage.us/70mm
. With the exception of Dunkirk, tickets are $15 ($5 Museum members at Standard through MoMI Kids Premium levels / free for Silver Screen members and above). Advance tickets are available online. 

See It Big! is an ongoing series organized by Reverse Shot editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert, Chief Curator David Schwartz, and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes.

SCHEDULE FOR ‘SEE IT BIG! 70MM,’ JULY 19–AUGUST 27, 2017All screenings take place in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, New York. Tickets for See It Big! The 70mm Show are $15 ($5 for Museum members at the Standar, Film Lover, and Kids Premium levels, free for Silver Screen members and above). Advance tickets are available online at http://movingimage.us
. Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum’s galleries.

Dunkirk (in 70mm)
Dir. Christopher Nolan. 2017, 106 mins. 70mm print courtesy Warner Bros. The visionary director Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new film is an epic action thriller that opens with hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. With a remarkable ensemble cast featuring Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, and Tom Glynn-Carney, Dunkirk was photographed on IMAX and 65mm film and will be presented in glorious 70mm.
TICKETS: $25 / $18.75 Museum members/Free for Silver Screen members and above.

2001: A Space OdysseyFRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Stanley Kubrick. 1968, 149 mins. (plus intermission). 70mm. With Keir Dullea. As brilliantly engineered as the space program itself, Stanley Kubrick’s mysterious and profound epic—“the ultimate trip”—is about nothing less than the beauty and the banality of civilization, blending cool satire, an elaborate vision of the future, and passages of avant-garde cinematic inventiveness. 

Lawrence of Arabia
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 6:00 P.M.
Dir. David Lean. 1962, 227 mins. (plus intermission). 70mm. With Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn. The apex of David Lean’s magnificent career was this unparalleled spectacle which won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, and rocketed Peter O’Toole to stardom as real-life adventurer T. E. Lawrence, a former British officer whose expedition to Cairo in 1916 leads him to side with the Arabs against the Turks, eventually organizing his own guerrilla army. With its overwhelming widescreen desert vistas, this is one of cinema’s most transporting experiences.

PattonSATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:00 P.M.
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. 1970, 172 mins. 70mm. With George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Steven Young. George C. Scott’s enthralling performance as the brazen titular character is one of the most riveting depictions of a real-life army officer in film history, transforming George Smith Patton, Jr. into a household name and American hero. The film’s opening scene, Patton’s speech in front of an enormous American flag, was an instant classic, with the direction and cinematography emphasizing the intensity of Patton’s patriotism. Bolstered by a tight and pungent script by Francis Ford Coppola, Patton is considered to be one of the best war—and biographical–films of all time.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 3:00 P.M.
Dir. Christopher Nolan. 2014, 169 mins. 70mm. With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a stunningly realized science-fiction epic set in a near future where environmental problems have rendered the Earth uninhabitable, and scientists are planning to transport the population to a new planet via a wormhole. With philosophical, cinematic, and narrative ambition reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space OdysseyInterstellar is an immersive and exhilarating film experience that captures Nolan’s love for large-format celluloid film.

The Dark Crystal
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2:00 P.M.
Dirs. Jim Henson, Frank Oz. 1982, 93 mins. 70mm. With Kathy Mullen, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, to restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of visual astonishment rarely equaled in fantasy filmmaking.

Pink Floyd: The WallSATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 7:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Alan Parker. 1982, 95 mins. 70mm. With Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson. Caught in physical and social isolation, a hampered and troubled rock star descends into madness. Adapted from the critically acclaimed hit album of the same name, Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd: The Wall has become a cult landmark in its own right. Parker’s indelible surrealistic imagery synthesizes with Pink Floyd’s anthemic and evocative music to create a frenetic, visceral experience.

The Story of the Flaming Years
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 4:30 P.M.
Dir. Yuliya Solntseva. U.S.S.R., 1961, 91 mins. 70mm
 print courtesy of Gosfilmofond. With Boris Andreyev, Sergey Petrov, Antonina Bogdanova. In 1941, German troops invade Russia and a young Soviet, Ivan Orlyukov, begins a deathly campaign to expel the Germans. Solntseva’s poetic and sumptuously lyrical war film The Story of the Flaming Years garnered her the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival the year of its release, the first win for a female director. No woman would win that award again until Sofia Coppola, with The Beguiled at this year’s Festival.

The Enchanted Desna
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 7:00 P.M.
Dir. Yuliya Solntseva. U.S.S.R., 1964
, 82 mins. 70mm print courtesy of GosfilmofondWith Boris Andreyev, Evgeniy Bondarenko. The Enchanted Desna won the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebasti├ín Film Festival. A long-forgotten Soviet classic, Desna tells the tale of a writer who reminisces of his childhood village. Imaginative and stunning, Desna was described by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as among the most ravishingly beautiful and poetic spectacles ever made.”

And teh musien .

Friday, June 16, 2017

TONIGHT: HRWFF: Lincoln Center 9PM . No Dress Code Required (Trailer)

It is one thing to fight for the same-sex marriage in the US, but in a historically very Catholic country like Mexico ... it is a different kind of fight ... so yes this FILM adds to the canon of films that document the fight to marry by same-sex couples 

Monday, June 12, 2017

How homophobia in her own family and from her record company president led to self -destructive behavior and destroyed through drug addiction a brilliant talent

A sad but true story ...and Nick Bloomfield once again has the courage of a documentary filmmaker to look for the truth..opens in UK June 16 ...soon in the US... I remember well the street talk and the reality of her launch,...