Posted on 02 August 2013
By Danny Peary I’m pleased that 42 is #1 among On-Demand movies. There’s a lot missing in the telling of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 rookie season, and some needlessly intentional inaccuracies, but Chadwick Boseman as Jackie, Nicole Beharie as the equally gallant bride Rachel (pictured in a still from the film, left) —the best-looking movie couple [...]
Posted on 25 July 2013
Fruitvale Station, which opens at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6, on Friday, is about the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a twenty-two-year-old African-American who was detained on a BART platform in Oakland after a scuffle on the subway on New Year’s Eve, 12/31/08, and shot to death without provocation by a white transit cop. The young officer, who claimed he accidentally grabbed his gun while reaching for his Taser, might not have received even a two-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter–for which he served only eleven months–if his crime hadn’t been captured by many subway passengers with their camera phones. Real footage of the killing that stunned a nation begins the movie.
Posted on 20 July 2013
Computer Chess fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. The fourth film directed by mumblecore icon Andrew Bujalski, it is now in its first weekend of a two-week run at the Film Forum in New York City.
Posted on 10 July 2013
The World Before Her fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. I was hoping that it might have played here back in May. More than a year after this India-set film about two completely different young women–one a beauty pageant contestant, the other a militant Hindu fundamentalist–was chosen the Best Documentary at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, it got a limited American release through Cinedigm.
Posted on 05 July 2013
I predict a warm response from critics and moviegoers to the charming and disarming directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an Oscar for their script for The Descendants. Their new picture, the coming-of-age tale, The Way, Way Back, is set today, at a beachtown in Massachusetts, but if it makes you feel nostalgic for the lost summers of your youth it’s because the directors/writers drew from their own teenage summers, including a difficult one Rash spent with a stepfather.
Posted on 05 July 2013
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle fits my category, Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. But for now, until Tuesday, you’ll have to see it in New York City at the Film Forum.
Posted on 03 July 2013
I’m surprised that the title Stuck in Love was never snapped up before for a movie because it would have fit about 90% of the films ever made. Writer-director Josh Boone originally had another title for his crowd-pleasing comedy, which opens in New York City this Friday and I hope will play in the Hamptons soon. Writers.
Posted on 28 June 2013
I hope everyone sees Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight at the Sag Harbor Cinema beginning on Friday. It’s a splendid third part to the continuous screen romance of Julie Delpy’s Celine and Ethan Hawke’s Jesse that began on a train in Before Sunrise 18 years ago.
Posted on 20 June 2013
By Danny Peary Today concludes The Great Gatsby’s long run at the UA Southampton Cinema, where it even outlasted Star Trek Into Darkness. But while its time in the Hamptons comes to an end, late arrivals can still catch it in New York City or almost anywhere a plane lands. Worldwide it has now passed [...]
Posted on 14 June 2013
When I’d happen upon Morton Downey Jr.’s vile and venomous talk show in the late eighties, I’d have a hard time switching channels. I’d want to hiss, boo, or throw things at the screen, just as you wanted to do watching the dirtiest wrestler when you were a kid and didn’t realize it was all [...]