Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…
Michał Oleszczyk is a film critic and scholar based in Poland. In 2012, he has been named the Critic of the Year by the Polish Film Institute.
His work has appeared in numerous Polish outlets, as well as on American websites such as “Fandor”, “The House Next Door” and “Hammer to Nail."
Oleszczyk wrote the first Polish book on the films of Terence Davies and has published a translation of J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum’s “Midnight Movies." After having defended a Ph.D. thesis on the work of Pauline Kael, he has taught film at Polish universities, as well as worked as a programmer for Off Plus Camera International Film Festival.
For Michał Oleszczyk, translating for his mom makes for a more active engagement with the movie.
Writer Michał Oleszczyk responds to our Movie Love Questionnaire.
A series of Polish films brings Krzysztof Kieslowski’s early work to NYC.
Michał Oleszczyk reflects on "It Happened One Night."
Michał Oleszczyk talks with director James Gray about "The Immigrant."
Roman Polanski's "Venus in Furs" served as a perfect closing movie of this year's Main Competition at Cannes.
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Jerry Lewis returns to Cannes in a starring role in Daniel Noah's "Max Rose," which proves once again — as "The King of Comedy" did — that Lewis can deliver a nuanced serious performance.
James Toback discusses his new documentary, "Seduced and Abandoned," which traces the life of a failed movie project. He also discusses the ultimate fate of humanity. Seriously.
The competition film "A Castle in Italy," a lightweight comedy, seems strangely out of place.