• Documentary Film Code Black

    Dr. Ryan McGarry Reveals Real Life Drama of an ER

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 16th, 2014

    Over the years countless TV series have focused on the life and death drama of hospital ER units. In the compelling documentary film, Code Black, Dr. Ryan McGarry focues on what actually happens day to day in LA County Hospital. In addition to saving lives for the severely injured the ER is also a defacto outpatient clinic for the urban poor. That equates to endless and unavoidable long waits in a national health care system struggling to cope and provide care for all.

  • Swedish Film Force Majeure (Turist)

    Award Nominations for Best Foreign Film

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 11th, 2014

    The upper middle class Swedish couple, Emma and Tomas, have taken their kids Vera and Harry on an expensive, five day ski vacation in the French Alps. The complacency of this seemingly perfect, bourgeois family shatters in a tragic moment when a "controlled" avalanche is anything but. They respond instinctively but differently to that life threatening event. The film by Reuben Ostlund profoundly records the seismic emotional aftershocks of the life threatening incident. The film has been monimated for a Golden Globe award and is a likely candidate for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

  • The Theory of Everything

    Biopic of the Amazing Stephen Hawking

    By: Jack Lyons - Dec 10th, 2014

    Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director James Marsh, of the romantic drama “The Theory of Everything”, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, as Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wlde Hawking, have fashioned, with great skill, a movie about Britain’s famous living physicist.

  • Mockingjay at Best a Holiday Turkey

    Jennifer Dear How Could You

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2014

    In the first two Hunger Games films we fell deeply, madly in love with Jennifer Lawrence as the archer and woman warrior Katness Everdeen. The two hour third film Mockingjay Part One is little more than a boring rip off and setup for the hopefully better final film in the series a year from now.

  • ‘Birdman’ is Almost Wholly Original

    Hollywood Celebrity Struggles on Broadway

    By: Christopher Johnson - Nov 22nd, 2014

    Michael Keaton is the celebrity star of a series of comic book films as the super hero Birdman. At mid career he hopes to prove himself as a director and thespian on Broadway. In what seems like doomed ambition he risks enerything. The bitchy Times critic during a bar confrontation reveals plans to write a brutal review intended to close down the show. She has a thing, truly justified, about Hollywood taking over Broadway. Keaton and supporting actor, Ed Norton, give potentially Oscar nominated performances.

  • Intersteallar by Christopher Nolan

    Farout Film Stars Matthew McConaughey

    By: Christopher Johnson - Nov 14th, 2014

    While "Interstellar" is profoundly beautiful, it is lacking in some fundamental elements of story and dialogue. What is most worrisome about the film is how the dialogue almost reaches a point of realism but falls into platitudes entailing unremarkable but easily understandable sentences.

  • Three Current Films

    Gone Girl, St. Vincent and CitizenFour

    By: Jack Lyons - Nov 14th, 2014

    In today’s world of $100 and $200 million dollar budgets, filmmakers only get one or maybe two shots at it. Thus, the “safe” and less risky films are what’s being produced and screened. It’s a “Hobson’s Choice” dilemma.

  • Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy

    Creepy Performance Jake Gyllenhaal

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 12th, 2014

    During an evening of suspense Tony Gilroy showed a clip from Nightcrawler. It was a film wrtten and directed by his brother Dan. It was fun to see how that scene developed in the arc of a grim but fascinating film.

  • Like Sunday, Like Rain by Frank Whaley

    Breakout at Williamstown Film Festival

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 10th, 2014

    Actor/ writer/ director Frank Whaley took seven years to develop Like Sunday, Like Rain. Screened on Sunday morning at the annual Williamstown Film Festival it proved to be the diamond in the rough, small and gleaming gem that scored big time with an appreciative audience. In this case the best film of the festival was saved for last.

  • Lilli Taylor and Nick Flynn

    Lunch Chat at Williams Inn

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 10th, 2014

    During the recent Williamstown Film Festival Diane Pearlman and Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative hosted a lunch at the Williams Inn. It featured independent film star, Lilli Taylor, and her husband, Nick Flynn, a poet, essayist and author of three books of memoirs. Williams College professor, Jim Shepard, led the dialogue.

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