The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
A solid documentary about a great musician, with passages of greatness.
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An essay about the five screen versions of "A Star Is Born," and why George Cukor's 1954 masterpiece still reigns supreme.
The familiar story, told with a naturalistic sheen, strong songwriting, most of the old contrivances, and a few new ones.
Sheila O'Malley's ten best films of 2018.
A review of new films by Bradley Cooper and, believe it or not, Orson Welles.
A tribute to Aretha Franklin.
A trifecta of senior citizens could make Oscar history on Sunday night.
Difficult is a gendered term fueled by the Hollywood machine and maintained by the belief that actresses aren’t responsible for the achievement of their films.
An interview with author Charles Taylor about his new book.
An article about my recent trip to Cuba and a reprint of Monica Castillo's article about returning to Cuba.
A report on the Museum of the Moving Image's Salute to Warren Beatty.
An interview with director Peter Bogdanovich about 1981's "They All Laughed."
A reposting of Tina Hassannia's article from Movie Mezzanine, and the response it received from Peter Becker, president of the Criterion Collection.
An updated look at the history of women in film from Carrie Rickey.
FFC Gerardo Valero considers the flaws within "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens."
A Cuban-American film critic goes to the Havana Film Festival.
An interview with the legendary Peter Bogdanovich.
An obituary for the legendary Omar Sharif.
An FFC on recent comments by Michael Eisner.
25 indie directors to know; RIP Kirk Kerkorian; Designs of "Dick Tracy"; Tim Burton pays tribute to Christopher Lee; Preview of BAMcinemaFest.
A piece on the first wave of critics groups awards and some predictions for SAG and the Golden Globe nominees.
Six recent releases on Blu-ray, including film school standard "Riddles of the Sphinx", a collection of world cinema from Martin Scorsese and "The Way We Were".
Critic Carrie Rickey traces the evolution of women on film and behind the camera over the course of her career writing about film.
Listen -- a billion people are throwing up. That's a rough estimate of course, but every year somebody at the Oscars says a billion people on the planet are watching the program; however many watched this year's Oscar show, they may well have felt sickened by it. It was a stomach-churning, jaw-dropping debacle, incompetently hosted and witlessly produced.
"Paul Williams Still Alive" (87 minutes) will be available on VOD October 16th via (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Bright House, among other cable providers), iTunes, VUDU, YouTube, Amazon, Sony (Playstation), Microsoft (Zune, Xbox), Blockbuster, AT&T, DirecTV, DISH.
by Donald Liebenson
In begrudgingly recommending "Paul Williams Still Alive" to his legion of fans, I am reminded of a Rolling Stone magazine review of Janis Joplin's first solo album, "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!" Janis never sounded better, the reviewer said, but to enjoy her, you had to be able to tune out her backup band. A similar caveat is necessary here. Enjoyment of "Still Alive" will depend on your tolerance of writer-director Stephen Kessler, who takes Williams' joke at one point that the documentary could become the "Paulie and Steve Show" as a carte blanche invitation to intrude on the proceedings.
Marie writes: I may have been born in Canada, but I grew-up watching Sesame Street and Big Bird, too. Together, they encouraged me to learn new things; and why now I can partly explain string theory.That being the case, I was extremely displeased to hear that were it up Romney, as President he wouldn't continue to support PBS. And because I'm not American and can't vote in their elections, I did the only thing I could: I immediately reached for Photoshop....
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