Category | Danny Peary on Film

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.

Raymond de Felitta Shows How to “Rob the Mob”

Posted on 19 March 2014

Rob the Mob fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. This Friday it opens in New York at the Angelika, an indication that it’s not the predictable mob comedy one might expect from the title.

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Tom Gilroy (and Lili Taylor, too) on “The Cold Lands”

Posted on 13 March 2014

By Danny Peary/Photo of Tom Gilroy by Danny Peary; Photo of Lili Taylor by Brad Balfour The Cold Lands fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  Tom Gilroy’s (pictured, left) second feature, which he wrote and directed, opens Friday in New York at the IFC Center, and there is nothing else like it [...]

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Cate Blanchett on Her Oscar-winning Role

Posted on 05 March 2014

Cate Blanchett’s selection as Best Actress was probably the least surprising moment at Sunday evening’s Academy Awards, a show full of predictability.

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Ralph Kiner and Elizabeth Taylor

Posted on 28 February 2014

By Danny Peary Like many of you, I was deeply sadden by the death this month of baseball’s legendary Ralph Kiner (pictured, left with Danny Peary; photo by Carol Summers), a Hall of Fame player with the Pittsburgh Pirates (and Cubs and Indians) and broadcaster for the New York Mets from their inception in 1962 [...]

“Winter’s Tale” Heats Up the Winter

Posted on 20 February 2014

I’m disappointed that “Winter’s Tale,” writer-director Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s epic romantic fantasy has been getting mediocre reviews, especially ones that say the film has no heart. It’s not for everyone but I recommend that you catch it before it vacates the UA East Hampton 6 Cinema because Goldsman’s “love letter to his late wife” is as heartfelt a movie as there has been in some time.

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