Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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For Brokaw’s feature choices and an overview of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival click here. Critic’s Choice – Shorts Picture Paris (Brad Hall. 2011. USA. 28 min.) The Grand Guignol was Paris’ longest-running theater, offering twin bills of playlets that opened with a slice-and-dice horror tale (using magic illusions and pioneering prosthetics) that left audiences… Read more »

Tribeca 2012: Critic's Choice – Features

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America’s leading brands hold onto their core essences and mission while they line-extend their flavors, colors, sizes and packaging, and they do it endlessly. This is the formula the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) continues to follow as it begins its second decade of “spurring the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district.” TFF’s… Read more »

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Shorts

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Below are the Critic’s Choice short picks. For a fest overview and the features, click here. Critic’s Choice – Tribeca Shorts Eva-Working Title (Dor Fadlon. 2010. Israel. 14 min.) Pentecost (Peter McDonald. 2010. Ireland. 11 min.) New York doesn’t shortchange shorts. The New York Film Festival and New Directors/New Films each show selected short films… Read more »

Tribeca 2011: Critic's Choice – Features

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A Decade In the Life of the Tribeca Film Festival If you want eight million New Yorkers and millions of vacationers to see more than Ground Zero when they visit lower Manhattan, you need to pick movies that will attract the widest possible range of moviegoers. Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal,… Read more »

New Directors/New Films 2011 – Critic's Choice

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For the second consecutive year, The Independent’s senior film critic, Kurt Brokaw, has screened the entire lineup of New Directors/New Films and is reviewing his favorites below, including Margin Call, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Night Hunter, and Incendies. In addition to teaching literature and business courses for the New School University for more than… Read more »

Leader of Red Sheep

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Red Shirley, Lou Reed’s 28-minute homage to his 101-year-old cousin, Shirley Novick, had its New York premiere January 15th, as part of the 20th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival which runs through January 27th. Novick (known as Shulamit Rabinowitz before her marriage to the late editor of the Yiddish daily, The Morning Freiheit, Paul… Read more »

New York Film Festival 2010 – Critic's Choice

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The Independent’s senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers his picks from the 2010 New York Film Festival. Below are excerpts of full reviews. New films will be added to this list throughout the fest, which runs September 24th through October 10th. The Robber (Benjamin Heisenberg. 2010. Austria-Germany. 96 min.) The Robber exemplifies a principle many… Read more »

A Meeting of Worlds: YouTube Biennial at the Guggenheim

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The Guggenheim Museum: one of the art world’s most venerable institutions, home of masterpieces from the Impressionist movement to the modern era. YouTube: one of the world’s most expansive video repositories, home of sensations from children biting other children’s fingers to anime tributes galore. What could these two household names possibly have in common? According… Read more »