The Grand Budapest Hotel is the
latest release from Wes Anderson, the precious stylist who seems intent
on claiming the distinction of being the current iteration of early
Woody Allen — meaning he’s adept at aggressively being himself.
Five young adult friends from disparate
backgrounds living in Germany in 1941 meet — in secret, since one of
them is Jewish and therefore subject to a curfew — drink, dance and dare
to dream of a shared future and success for all.
Richard Trank, the co-writer (with rabbi Marvin Hier) and director of The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers,
presents the history contained in former Israeli prime ministerial
aide/speechwriter and ambassador Yehuda Avner’s bestselling book, The Prime Ministers.
Take, if you will, a picture — or how
about several motion pictures stretching back all the way to 1990,
almost 25 years of pictures — from Frenchman Luc Besson. Take a close
look at those pictures and a theme emerges, a variation on a theme.
One day soon, the narrative throughout
the media will coalesce around our first impressions of Elizabeth Olsen.
We will attempt to write about her, as if in hushed whispers, full of
awe. “Do you remember seeing her in Martha Marcy May Marlene?” we
will ask our readers, prodding them to recall that this was the moment
when we started the buzz about her.
When the Mayerson JCC Jewish &
Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket,
the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...
Whip-smart dark comedy has been a
signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who
kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the
tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.
Imagine, if you will, living in a
hellhole, deep, dank and dark. You’re a teen forced to turn tricks by
your mother to pay your own way, while also knowing that your earnings
are feeding her drug habit.
I am Life Itself community member
#888. There are at least 1,656 others. All of us, although we may never
know each other by name, are bound together by one of the most
influential people film history has ever known: film critic Roger Ebert.
Games teach us life lessons, and so do
movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden
machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we
get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the
In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)
drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble
expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing
them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.