Category | Danny Peary on Film

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.

Emma, Andrew, and Marc on The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted on 08 May 2014

The Amazing Spiderman 2, in 2-D and 3-D, will definitely be the top attraction this weekend at the cinemas in both Southampton and East Hampton. It’s pretty hard not to be lured into the sticky web of this sequel that is doing tremendous box office throughout the country. So I think it’s a good time to take a brief break from posting my interviews from the recent TriBeCa Film Festival and give a nod to a film that I admit I haven’t seen yet. However, for the Australian magazine FilmInk I visited the set in New York last summer on the day they were shooting the early graduation scene and got to have some quick back-and-forths with Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Emma Stone (Gwen), and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

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TFF: Brin Hill Directs Joss Whedon’s “In Your Eyes”

Posted on 05 May 2014

Typically, filmmakers bring their newest films to film festivals in hopes of finding a theatrical distributor. But after its April 20 world premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Brin Hill’s metaphysical romantic comedy, In Your Eyes, which was written and executive produced by Joss Whedon, was made available around the world for $5 with a digital release on the film’s website:

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TFF: Don’t Sell “App” and “Karaka” Short

Posted on 01 May 2014

In baseball, if you want to see future major league stars, you go to minor league games. In movies, if you want to see the feature directors of tomorrow, you seek out shorts. I always try to see a program or two of shorts at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

TFF: The Treasure Found in “Garnet’s Gold”

Posted on 29 April 2014

Our heroes in movies, particularly documentaries, are of often ordinary people who do extraordinary things, people who rise to the occasion under dire circumstances. Garnet Frost could be seen by himself and others as an extraordinary man who has never done anything that exceeded the ordinary.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Stars as Alex of Venice at TFF

Posted on 24 April 2014

You can catch the final screening of Alex of Venice at the Tribeca Film Festival this Saturday at 6:30 at the SVA theater on 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The impressive directorial debut of actor Chris Messina, a native of Newport, is a character piece about a workaholic environmental attorney in L.A., Alex who lives in Venice, California.

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Japan’s Greatest Monster Breathes Once Again

Posted on 16 April 2014

You can already see the trailer on television for the latest epic version of Godzilla that opens theatrically on May 16. More interesting is that from April 18 to 24 the Film Forum on Houston Street in New York City will be showing Godzilla: The Japanese Original, a sixtieth anniversary restoration, including new subtitles, of Japan’s most successful monster movie, Ishiro Honda’s Gojira.

Truffaut’s “Small Change” Has Big Heart

Posted on 13 April 2014

The much-touted “Tout Truffaut” festival at the Film Forum in New York City ends this Thursday. Every Fran?ois Truffaut film is a “must-see” film, but I’d like to call attention to one little gem in particular that often gets overlooked. If Tuesday the 15th turns out to be a taxing day, make it a point to make the trek to Houston Street to see Small Change, a title that refers to kids and not what you have left in your pocket after dealing with the IRS.

It’s More Than “Just a Sigh” for Bonnell and Devos

Posted on 02 April 2014

Just a Sigh fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. For now Jérôme Bonnell’s (Le Chignon d’Olga, Les yeux clairs) critically-acclaimed quirky French romance is playing at arthouses in Manhattan. Emmanuelle Devos is magnifique as usual as Alix, a stage actress who takes time off from doing Ibsen in Calais to audition in Paris for a tiny, silly part in a movie. Unable to withdraw money from the bank or to reach her boyfriend back home by phone, the aggravated and somewhat irrational actress finds solace with the handsome married professor (Gabriel Byrne) she meets on a train and tracks down at his friend’s memorial. They are attracted to each other, but will they risk getting closer and even committing to each other before she must return to Calais later that night? I respectfully didn’t ask Bonnell and Devos about the ending when we did the following interview.

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Carbone, Jones, and Varnson Can’t Hide Their Smiling Faces

Posted on 26 March 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. After Daniel Patrick Carbone’s debut feature played last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, it received the National Society of Film Critics award for “Best Film Still Waiting for Distribution.” Tribeca Film bought the distribution rights in January. On Tuesday it became available on VOD and this weekend it will have its U.S. theatrical debut in New York City at the Cinema Village on 12th Street and University. I recommend it.