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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Pawn Sacrifice revisits one of the most unlikely proxy battlefields in America’s fight against the Soviets: the chessboardAt the height of the Cold War, a poor kid from Brooklyn dreams of being best in the world, beating the Russians and winning it for the U.S.A. He trains daily,  becoming arrogant as he obliterates rivals. After getting whipped by the...
Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel soldier through this beautiful yet shallow reflection on age, memory and friendship in the Swiss AlpsThere is no doubt that  academy award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (La grande Belleza, 2014) makes beautiful films, and his latest, Youth, is one more stunner. Shot on location in and around the Art Noveau Hotel Schatzalp in Davos, Switzerland, the...
Ben Wheatley's retro-futurist dystopia is slick, atmospheric and nightmarishHigh-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's scathing social critique of the same name, is a paradox: it uses the past's future to comment on the present. Wisely avoiding  updating the material despite ongoing relevance, it's a period piece set in 1975, the same year the source was published. Nothing looks as...
László Nemes’ first feature approaches the holocaust from a personal perspective, collecting international accolades along the wayHaving already won the Grand Prix at Cannes, a Golden Globe and up for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, Son of Saul attempts to make sense of the senseless by focusing on a single viewpoint, showing Auschwitz through the eyes of Saul, a...
Abel Ferrara recreates the final day of the Italian poet, film director and political radicalNever one to shy away from controversy, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant,The Funeral) pays tribute to one of his cinematic heroes: Italian iconoclast Pier Paolo Pasolini, who also shocked audiences with graphic depictions of sex and violence (albeit in a more conceptualized manner). Frequent collaborator...
Viennale Blog - Part II: The Magic of the Very Big ScreenAs show time approaches, the lobby of the Gartenbau is a sizzle of excitement, the buzz of a beer hall, as professors and punks, the curious and the curiosities, mingle at the standing tables, a flurry of bright stockings, business suits, baggy hats and basic black. The chime...
Steven Spielberg revisits the Cold War from Brooklyn to Berlin, when private citizens brokered prisoner exchanges since governments weren’t on speaking terms It’s no secret that Steven Spielberg is a history buff, covering territory both familiar (Schindler‘s List) and obscure (Amistad). This time, it’s a bit of both as he tells the tale of the first spy exchange on Glienicke bridge,...
The blacklist gets the Hollywood treatment, with a standout performance by Bryan CranstonA succinct if oversimplified recollection of a sordid chapter in cinematic and American history, the biopic Trumbo follows screenwriting legend Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) through his formative years on the Hollywood blacklist. The most prominent member of the Hollywood 10, industry professionals that were persecuted by congress...
European cinema’s poorly charted east has more than a few surprises up its sleeve at the Let's CEE Film FestivalCommitted to granting much-needed exposure to films from points east, Let’s CEE once again showcases the cream of the celluloid crop from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus with documentaries, shorts and full features – subtitled in English and German. A...
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