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Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Long Way Down

The Hornby hook comes early in A Long Way Down. Disgraced talk show host Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) introduces himself while preparing for his New Year’s Eve leap from a London high-rise known as Topper House. A long climb up and a long cigar lit,

Delusions of Guinevere

Beneath the rom-com pacing and peppy underscoring of a Lifetime movie, Delusions of Guinevere is a surprisingly dark satire of modern celebrity. Ariana Bernstein, who co-wrote and co-produced with director Joanna Bowzer, casts herself as former child star Guinevere James, who has not transitioned to

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Spoofing the Cold War mindset and the spy movies it spawned, French film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a cinematic bon bon with a crunchy nut at its center. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka Agent 117 in the Office of Strategic Services,

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day tries mightily to capture a moment in the life of woman whose small world is spiraling out of control – and a nation on the precipice of World War II. The result is more froth than substance, although director

Momma’s Man

When Azazel Jacobs discusses the avant-garde cinema favored by his father Ken Jacobs, he asserts that abstraction means the audience needs to meet the filmmaker half way. The same can be said for Azazel’s third feature, Momma’s Man, which twists the idea of autobiography into