Reviews

The eponymous “Little Zombies”

Siblinghood Beyond Blood in We Are Little Zombies

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Reality is stupid. This attitude seems to be the underlying mantra of director Makoto Nagahisa’s work thus far. Crashing onto the international film scene like an asteroid exploding into the earth (one that is swirling in clouds of rainbow-hued pixie dust), the inimitable and apocalyptic We Are Little Zombies seeks to distance itself from anything… Read more »

Still from Joyride, three women in a car.

One Last Joyride

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Joyride is more than a short film; it is an experience. Director and writer Edwin Alexis Gomez created an incredibly poetic and multifaceted piece of art. Joyride premiered at the 2020 PBS Film Festival where it won the “Most Popular” film award. The film was produced by Angela Pedraza and Evelyn Angelica Martinez. Joyride tells… Read more »

John Bronco (Walton Goggins) sitting in his jeep.

Tribeca 2020 Short Films: Critic’s Choice

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This year’s 19th Tribeca Film Festival didn’t take place in downtown Manhattan, but Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw was able to view its 63 shorts, chosen from 6,100 submissions. Read his reviews on six favorites.

Belle and Austin sharing a kiss.

Sharpen Your Axe with Razor Tongue

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The US is not shy to acknowledge its long binging habits, boasting some of the highest consumption rates of digital media within the world. With such notorious patterns, it should come to no surprise that the media has been attributed to teaching us how to interact with and understand reality. The media invites us to… Read more »

Jean-Louis Trintignant laughing with Anouk Aimee in background

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema – March 5-15

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You’ll forgive your 81-year-old Manhattan moviegoer if his first three reviews below putter about, pausing to stare at the pleasure of spending a few more evenings in the dark with two of France’s leading ladies. Simply put, these women were two of this viewer’s youthful heartthrobs. They were so, so French! Anouk Aimee, now 87,… Read more »

The New York Jewish Film Festival Jan. 15-28

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The nice curators at The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center have made their own special mitzvah to the city’s residents in January. Out of 30 narrative dramas, documentaries and shorts that comprise the 29th NYJFF, not one, not two, but three separate feature films having their New York premieres are intelligent father/daughter dramas…. Read more »

The Apollo theater and 125th Street in the documentary The Apollo

DOC NYC Film Festival Nov. 6-15 – Critic’s Choices

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America’s largest documentary film festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with 300 features, shorts and events, showing on 16 downtown Manhattan screens. Senior Film Critic Kurt Brokaw focuses on features and shorts set in and around New York City, selecting two shorts plus three features saluting The Apollo theater, rocker Lydia Lunch, and Cinema 5’s legendary exhibitor and distributor Donald Rugoff.

Examples of scripts from the book The Celluloid Paper Trail

Checking Out “The Celluloid Paper Trail,” the Ultimate Guide to Screenplays

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Could your screenplay one day be worth enough to display in Royal Books’ high-end collectors window in Baltimore? Owner/scholar Kevin Johnson’s new book, The Cellluloid Paper Trail, is the first definitive examination of movie scripts in the 20th century–their provenance and value from story scripts through the myriad drafts that follow. Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw deconstructs this landmark study.