Category | Danny Peary on Film

Dan Stevens Moves From Downton Abbey to Downtown New York

Posted on 18 September 2014

t’s a big week in the makeover of Dan Stevens, who memorably played Matthew Crawley until the kind, moral and handsome aristocrat was, surprisingly, killed off on Downton Abbey in 2012.

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Joan Rivers Really Was a Piece of Work

Posted on 12 September 2014

Joan Rivers’ untimely, shocking death has resulted in a run on her 2012 autobiography I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me.  I hope it also calls attention to the splendid film documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work , which was made in 2010 by the terrific documentary team, Ricki Stern and Annie Sunberg.  Rivers helped [...]


Emily Browning Helps God Help the Girl

Posted on 04 September 2014

God Help the Girl fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. In fact, the debut feature by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the Scottish cult band Belle & Sebastian, would surely attract young people to the Bay Street Theater for a change.

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Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Diminish the Genius of Marian or Her Daughter

Posted on 01 September 2014

The Genius of Marian fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now, I recommend that everyone watches Banker White’s intimate tribute to his mother (and grandmother) next Monday, September 8, when it plays on PBS’s POV documentary series.

John Lithgow on Love Is Strange

Posted on 21 August 2014

Love Is Strange fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Ira Sachs’ moving character piece opens this Friday in New York and L.A., and will expand to Long Island theaters on September 19. Sachs wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias, his collaborator on his previous, semiautobiographical film, Keep the Lights On.

Is It Unlikely That Chang’s Cécile Is For Real?

Posted on 17 August 2014

I met Wei Ling Chang several years at the Tribeca Film Festival when she was doing a reading of one of her scripts-in-progress. Impressed, I watched her chilling horror short Aunt Tigress and recognized a budding talent. So I am delighted that she has released her first feature, The Unlikely Girl, a splendid, sexy little [...]

Erin Darke Brightens the Set of Seven Lovers

Posted on 07 August 2014

I recently spent an enjoyable afternoon in Little Italy, in the basement party room of the restaurant Grotta Azzurra. I wasn’t there to dine but to watch the final day of shooting of the indie Seven Lovers, the much-anticipated third feature of writer-director Keith Boynton, and to speak to the leading lady and rising star, Erin Darke.

The Curtain Rises Early on Get on Up in East Hampton

Posted on 31 July 2014

Get on Up opens this week at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6 at a special time, 8 p.m. on Thursday night, an indication that the much-anticipated James Brown biopic is getting special treatment. The advance word is strong and I am expecting Chadwick Boseman to give an electrifying, star-making performance as the very complicated [...]

The Healing Power of Music Is Evident in “Alive Inside”

Posted on 24 July 2014

Michael Rossato-Bennett (L) and Dan Cohen. Alive Inside:A Story of Music & Memory fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday it opens nationally, as it begins its second week in NYC.  Director Michael Rossato-Bennett literally ran to the post office before its midnight closing in order to submit it in [...]

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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.”