Category | Danny Peary on Film

Megumi Sasaki Talks About Herb & Dorothy 50×50

Posted on 12 September 2013

Herb & Dorothy 50×50 fits my category “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” And there is good news about that. It premieres at the IFC Center this Friday and by all means see it there if you’re in Manhattan in the next two weeks. But if you can’t get into the city or want to see it again or for the first time out here, it will be opening at the Sag Harbor Cinema on Friday September 27.

Ross and Roach on Their “Red Obsession”

Posted on 05 September 2013

Red Obsession fits my category of “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” It opens at the Cinema Village in New York City this Friday. The directorial debut of veteran Australian producer/writers Warwick Ross and David Roach is a fascinating documentary about the spell wine has on connoisseurs around the world and how billionaires in China have replaced the U.S. and Great Britain as the market for obscenely-priced Bordeaux wines.

Joe Swanberg on “Drinking Buddies”

Posted on 23 August 2013

Joe Swanberg’s new film, Drinking Buddies, which opens in New York City on Friday, is already getting him media attention than he’s never experienced. And his four leads—Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston—are telling everyone they are thankful they got to play interesting characters unlike anything offered to them in the past—and that they’d be pleased to work with Swanberg again.

Lowery, Mara & Foster on “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Posted on 22 August 2013

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” fits my category “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” Its writer/director David Lowery says he always wanted to make a movie that captured the feeling of the songs of unique singer/songwriter/harpist/pianist Joanna Newsom, who ventures musically from roots/Appalachian to avant-garde. Inspired by and an homage to songs, books, movie westerns, gangster-couple films and his native Texas, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints surely is the lyrical, haunting, authentic yet dreamlike film that he wanted to make. And he’s probably content that since it opened in New York City last Friday, the reviews have been a mix of raves–by those who consider it “an American original”–and shrugs–usually by those who expected more action.

What McGehee and Siegel Know About What Maisie Knew

Posted on 17 August 2013

Directors David Siegel (L) and Scott McGehee by Danny Peary I rarely pay attention when a movie comes out in video, but I’m pleased that Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew, which has been overlooked by movie fans who should know better, had its DVD and Blue-ray Combo Pack release on Tuesday.  It’s [...]

A Four-Star Review for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”

Posted on 16 August 2013

By Danny Peary It’s a welcome annual tradition that new Woody Allen movies play in our village, so expect to see the acclaimed Blue Jasmine at the Sag Harbor Cinema following its run in East Hampton. Allen’s merry tragedy, which is populated by an assortment of non-role models who lie, cheat, criticize, deceive themselves and [...]

Aida Folch of “The Artist and the Model”

Posted on 10 August 2013

The Artist and the Model fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  The good news is that this tender, elegant, provocative film that is set in France during the Occupation, should play in the Sag Harbor Cinema before the summer is over.  It has already opened in New York City.  Its famed [...]

Linda Given Respect at “Lovelace” Press Conference

Posted on 08 August 2013

Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, Debi Mazar – most of the cast of Lovelace at a press conference last week. Photos by Brad Balfour.  By Danny Peary Even if that former FBI official (Mark Felt) who informed to the Washington Post about Watergate crimes by the Nixon White House hadn’t [...]

Rachel Robinson Tells the Real Story of “42″

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 [...]

Jordan, Diaz, and Coogler on the Powerful Fruitvale Station

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.

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