Keanu is fun, and even sometimes outright hilarious, but it doesn’t live up to the skills of its central performers.
Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program.
She writes film reviews and essays on actors for Capital New York, Fandor, Press Play, Noir of the Week, and the House Next Door. Her work has appeared in Salon.com and The Sewanee Review, where her essay about her father was featured in an Irish Literature issue.
O'Malley has performed her one-woman show "74 Facts and One Lie" all over Manhattan. She has read her personal essays at the prestigious Cornelia Street Cafe Writers Read series. O'Malley writes about actors, movies, books, and Elvis Presley at her popular personal site, The Sheila Variations.
Her first play, July and Half of August, recently had public readings at Theatre Wit in Chicago, and The Vineyard Theatre in New York. She is currently working on her second play, as well as a book about Elvis Presley in Hollywood.
Read her answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.
An interview with director Reed Morano about her film "Meadowland."
Sheila writes: An exciting bit of news from last week: Paramount has launched its own Youtube channel called The Paramount Vault, with hundreds of movies from their archives. streaming for free. So far, not too many classic films, but other than that, it's a goldmine. Check out The Paramount Vault Youtube channel. Here's the channel's fun sizzle reel.
Sheila writes: The 53rd New York Film Festival is up and running (dispatches from Rogerebert.com critics are included below), and Adrian Curry over at MUBI has a post up featuring all of the NYFF movie posters. There are some conventional ones and some beautiful striking ones, like the poster for "Miles." Go check out the gallery of posters!
Sheila writes: This coming October 8th and 9th is the annual classic car sale held at the Hershey Motor Lodge in Pennsylvania. The auction lots are a sight to behold (for gearheads and also just those who appreciate beauty). Take a look at some beautiful photographs of the various vehicles up for auction.
An interview with the directors of the terrifying "Goodnight Mommy," Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz.
Sheila writes: Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died on August 30 at the age of 82. The obituary in the New York Times gives an overview of this man's extraordinary career and contributions. The site Open Culture has a small post about Oliver Sacks' final Tweet which was a link to a video of a flash mob orchestra gathering to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in a large public square. Sacks' Tweet read: "A beautiful way to perform one of the world's great musical treasures." His curiosity and appreciation of life in all its variety remained intact until the very end. Here is the video of that flash mob which is, indeed, "beautiful."
Sheila writes: In the films of Spike Lee, the characters often break the fourth wall and speak directly into the lens. There's a break in the action, and the dialogue spoken to the camera feels almost like it's from a documentary, with the "talking head" giving us more information for context. In this cut from the wonderful video-site "Press Play," watch the best To the Camera moments from Spike Lee's films.
Sheila writes: Quentin Tarantino's films are often tributes to other films, to other genres, to actors who have made their marks in the past. He loves it all, he has enthusiasm for all. Here, in this really fun Press Play video, Tarantino's visual references to other films are made explicit, shot for shot.
Sheila writes: Lists are always fun to discuss. They are certainly launch-pads for great conversation. I saw this clip a couple of days ago (shared by Rogerebert.com contributor Nell Minow) and thought I would share it. It's a lot of fun: The Top 10 Business Movie Speeches. What would you include on such a list?
Sheila writes: Filmmaker (and Ebertfest favorite) Ramin Bahrani has directed a new documentary short called "Lift You Up," profiling a man named Glyn Stewart. Bahrani met Stewart in a food bank while filming a commercial in North Carolina, and knew he wanted to make a film about him. In an interview on Rogerebert.com, Bahrani says, "I liked him immediately. He had an electric personality. He was so intent on laughing and hugging everyone, that I assumed he must be harboring a profound sadness. I wanted to know why." You can read the full interview with Bahrani, as well as view "Lift You Up" over on Rogerebert.com.