Film

Dial H For Hebrew: Alfred Hitchcock and the Jews

By Seth Rogovoy Alfred Hitchcock’s reputation as one of the greatest film directors of all time is safely in the can, so all that’s left to deal with is the man himself. Two new films — “Hitchcock,” a biopic starring Anthony Hopkins, and the HBO film “The Girl,” about Hitch’s troubled relationship with actress Tippi…

(Film Review) ‘The Master’ by Paul Thomas Anderson

Review by Seth Rogovoy Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007) is probably one of the best films of the past quarter-century – probably one of the 100 best films of all time. So anything he does subsequently will have a hard time measuring up to what may be seen as his masterpiece. The…

Documentary Examines Hollywood’s Transition from Film to Digital

Review by Seth Rogovoy (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – While it may be lost on the average or casual moviegoer, there has been a revolution in the film industry over the last decade or two in terms of how movies are made, shown, and distributed. Just as in other art forms and modes of business and communication,…

‘The Missouri Breaks’: The Accidental Masterpiece

By Seth Rogovoy How is it possible that the 1976 movie The Missouri Breaks was such a critical and commercial failure that most people have never seen or heard of it? After all, rarely has more talent been assembled on a single project than for this movie; the film stars Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson…

(Film Review) Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (at The BIFF)

Marina Abramovic at screening of ‘The Artist Is Present’ at the Mahaiwe for The BIFF Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Berkshire International Film Festival Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington, Mass. Friday, June 1, 2012 by Seth Rogovoy The choice to screen Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present at the Berkshire International Film Festival…

Film Review: ‘The Hunger Games’

The Hunger Games Directed by Gary Ross Based on the story by Suzanne Collins Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland Despite its lavish spectacle, The Hunger Games is surprisingly subdued – in a good way – for a Hollywood entertainment of its scale. Director Gary Ross would like this dystopic…

(Film Review) Martha Marcy May Marlene

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Written and directed by Sean Durkin Starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, and Sarah Paulson Reviewed by Seth Rogovoy Writer-director Sean Durkin, who deservedly won the Best Director award last January at Sundance for Martha Marcy May Marlene, wisely allows his actors’ faces to do the heavy lifting in this captivating psychological…

(Film Review) The Guard

THE GUARD Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh Starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle Review by Seth Rogovoy Sure, you’ve seen this story before: two unlikely buddies — here played by Irishman Brendan Gleeson as a somewhat eccentric small-town Irish police chief and African-American Don Cheadle as the big-shot FBI man sent to Gleeson’s…

(Movie Review) ‘The Trip’ by Michael Winterbottom

The Trip Directed by Michael Winterbottom Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Review by Seth Rogovoy Patched together from separate episodes of a British TV series, The Trip is a kind of mockumentary, following the verbal antics of actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they tour Northern England’s finer restaurants. The setup is merely…

(Movie Review) ‘Beginners’ by Mike Mills

Beginners Written and directed by Mike Mills Starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Mélanie Laurent   Reviewed by Seth Rogovoy   A romantic comedy about commitment phobia, Beginners succeeds winningly owing to sharp writing, self-consciously clever filmic devices (including a talking Jack Russell terrier – something that would ordinarily really bug the crap out of…