Category | Danny Peary on Film

The Hobbit’s Hunks Part I: Orlando Bloom

Posted on 20 December 2013

It’s an amazing statistic. In its first week in theaters nationwide, The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug bested the second-place movie at the box-office, Frozen by a whopping $50 million. Among the theaters that contributed to its $73.6 million gross was the UA Southampton 4, where there have been repeat viewers at both its 3-D and 2-D screenings. That nearby theater will surely continue do boffo (an industry word!) business through the holidays. There are many reasons that the second part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s marvelous fantasy classic–a prelude to his The Lord of the Rings trilogy–is attracting so many viewers. One reason that is getting little mention is sex appeal

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Pom Injects Life into “Oldboy”

Posted on 14 December 2013

In Spike Lee’s Oldboy, Pom Klementieff proves that you don’t necessarily need to speak to get the viewer’s attention.

Sophie Helps Judi bring “Philomena” to Life

Posted on 04 December 2013

Philomena, a highly-recommended crowd-pleaser that is playing at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6, boasts of a director, Stephen Frears, and male lead/screenwriter, Steve Googan, who each have a legion of fans, me among them. But certainly its top drawing card is its beloved leading lady, Judi Dench.

Young Olsen on “Oldboy”

Posted on 24 November 2013

Spike Lee’s highly-anticipated English-language reworking of Park Chan Wook’s 2003 cult classic slips into theaters in New York this Wednesday. Yes, this alternate-reality film about an amoral alcoholic (Josh Brolin as Joe Doucett) who is kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for twenty years without explanation and then seeks revenge, is just as lurid, violent, and twisted as the original. But not drowned by the overflowing testosterone is the delicate flower played by Elizabeth Olsen.

Rola Nashef on Her Untraditional “Detroit Unleaded”

Posted on 20 November 2013

Detroit Unleaded fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. But beginning this Friday, you can see Lebanese-American Rola Nashef’s perceptive, clever, offbeat romantic comedy at the Cinema Village in New York. Nashef’s lovingly-made debut feature, which she cowrote, directed, and produced, actually premiered theatrically on the 13th in Detroit, where she still lives because it “is still the cheapest place to make a movie.”

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Steve Coogan’s Odyssey with “Philomena”

Posted on 17 November 2013

By Danny Peary Add Stephen Frears’ Philomena to the list of possible Oscar contenders.  It has a good shot for a Best Picture nomination, and I think it’s almost a sure thing that Judi Dench will be among the five Best Actress contenders for her spot-on performance as Philomena Lee, a devoted Irish Catholic who [...]

Sayles and Ross Say Go See “Go for Sisters”

Posted on 08 November 2013

“Go for Sisters” fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Beginning today you can see John Sayles’ quirky little jewel in Manhattan, before it plays in select theaters nationwide. Since 1980, Sayles has written and directed some extraordinary independent films—Return of the Secaucus Seven, Passion Fish, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, Lone Star, Eight Men Out, and Amigo are among his eighteen familiar titles—offbeat, thought-provoking, splendidly-acted works that have been full of wit, action, and adventure while seriously dealing with politics, labor issues, racism, poverty, exploitation, and women’s issues. He has been a role model for other independent film makers and has a grateful following among savvy moviegoers.

Thumbs Up for “Best Man Down”

Posted on 31 October 2013

Best Man Down fits my category of Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Ted Koland’s debut feature, which played at the 2012 Hampton’s International Film Festival, is already available on VOD, prior to its opening in Los Angeles and other select cities this weekend.

In Costa-Gavras’s Capital, Money and Greed Rule Our World

Posted on 23 October 2013

It’s always exciting when a new film by an old master is released. That Costa-Gavras is still directing movies at the age of eighty, decades after he made such powerful and influential political thrillers as Z, State of Seige, The Confession, and Missing (which won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay), is cause enough for celebration.

Steve Hoover on His Inspiring Tribute to His Remarkable Friend, “Blood Brother”

Posted on 18 October 2013

Blood Brother fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Steve Hoover’s deeply moving tribute to his best friend, Rocky Braat, who found his calling living with and working with HIV/AIDS kids at an orphanage in Tamil Nadu, India, is premiering at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Houston Street in New York City on Friday. It won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year, the Hot Docs 2013 Audience Award, the Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, and many other awards at festivals. You owe it to yourself to see it. I hope you do and it plays not only in Sag Harbor but receives wide circulation because 100% of the film’s profits will go to Rocky and the orphanage. Guaranteed, you’ll be inspired. Braat, who the adoring kids call “Rocky Anna,” which means brother, is proof positive that country music star Becky Hobbs was correct when she penned the assuring line, “there are angels among us.” The personable Hoover, who directed, edited, and cowrote his debut feature, arrived in New York early this week and we had this conversation.