Category | Danny Peary on Film

Dotting the Eyes in the Thought-Provoking “I Origins”

Posted on 18 July 2014

I Origins fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. The second science-based SF film written and directed by Mike Cahill (the impressive Another Earth, starring Brit Marling) opens in New York City on Friday. It is described in the press notes as being “both a molecular biology thriller and a love story.”

Twelve Years in the Making: The “BoyHood” Press Conference

Posted on 10 July 2014

BoyHood fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday, innovative writer-director Richard Linklater’s bold 164-minute opus covering twelve years in the life of a boy (Ellar Coltrane as Mason), as well as his sister (the director’s daughter Lorelei as Samantha) and his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette as Olivia and Ethan Hawke [...]

After Once, It’s Time to Begin Again

Posted on 01 July 2014

    By Danny Peary Begin Again fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. John Carney’s extremely engaging follow-up to the 2006 international sensation Once opened last Friday in New York City and this Wednesday begins its national release. I anticipate that it will soon play in the East End because who [...]

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Ashim Ahluwalia Shows Us the Ugly Side in Miss Lovely

Posted on 26 June 2014

Miss Lovely fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Indian director-writer Ashim Ahluwalia’s second feature opened at the Cinema Village in New York City last Friday.  Everyone won’t like it but few will deny that it’s a uniquely made narrative about a subject we know nothing about.  It’s set in Mumbai’s sex-horror [...]

Paul Haggis and Two Actresses on Third Person

Posted on 19 June 2014

Third Person fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis (who won back-to-back Best Screenplay Oscars for Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and Crash, which he directed), it opens this Friday in New York City. Because the film has a twist that changes our perspective on [...]

Ice Cube Is Back and Still Yelling in 22 Jump Street

Posted on 12 June 2014

              Ice Cube (foreground) with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum   Expected to outgross the original, 22 Jump Street opens Friday across the country, including in East Hampton.  I got a jump on the sequel.  On assignment for the Australian magazine, FilmInk, I was among a contingent of journalists [...]

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Don McKellar’s Seductive “The Grand Seduction”

Posted on 05 June 2014

The Grand Seduction fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  Don McKellar’s charming Canadian comedy is entering its second weekend in New York City, where it has received rapturous reviews.  I certainly had never before read a critic calling a film “adorable,” much less in the New York Times.  McKellar (inset left) [...]

TFF: Give Talya Lavie a Perfect Ten for “Zero Motivation”

Posted on 23 May 2014

Zero Motivation fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  I hope that will happen soon because the US distribution rights to the unique debut feature of Israeli director Talya Lavie were recently sold to Zeitgeist Films.  This follows its overwhelming premiere at TriBeCa Film Festival, where it won the Founders Award for [...]

TFF: Josef Wladyka Got His Hands Dirty Making Manos Sucias

Posted on 17 May 2014

Manos Sucias (“Dirty Hands”) fits my category of Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. It made a big impression at the recent TriBeCa Film Festival and its director-cowriter Josef Kubota Wladyka was selected Best New Narrative Director.

TFF: Johanna Hamilton’s “1971″ Is Relevant in 2014

Posted on 13 May 2014

On March 8, 1971, on the night of the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight, eight young men and women broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, and carried away several hundred files in a few suitcases. They soon sent the files anonymously to a few journalists and liberal senators, making public the FBI’s secret program to spy on and intimidate civil rights activists and Vietnam War protestors. Their action would change the protocol of government surveillance until 9/11.