Category | Danny Peary on Film

Flip, Flop and Fly to “Run & Jump”

Posted on 23 January 2014

by Danny Peary Run & Jump fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  I was rooting for this splendid German-Irish co-production to be voted Best Narrative Feature at 2013’s Tribeca Film Festival.  It took a while but I’m delighted that this Friday it will be released theatrically, as well as debut on [...]

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Beware of Big Bad Wolves

Posted on 15 January 2014

Beware that this Friday, Big Bad Wolves opens in New York theaters and also can be seen on VOD and iTunes. I saw Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s first film, Rabies, on a whim at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and afterward I tried to coax everyone into seeing it. I’m not sure if they wrongly believed it was about rabid dogs–rather than vociferous and dangerous human hunters and prey–and weren’t intrigued that it was being hailed as “the first Israeli horror film,” but no one seemed interested. So I was a bit surprised that the writer-directors’ second film, Big Bad Wolves, was one of the most anticipated films at the 2013 TFF.

Long Island’s Nemiroff Does Double Duty as a Film Critic and Filmmaker

Posted on 08 January 2014

Film critics and filmmakers usually stay away from each other as much as possible, but that’s not the case with Long Island’s own Perri Nemiroff.

The Hobbit’s Hunks, Part II: Lee Pace and Richard Armitage

Posted on 02 January 2014

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug continues to do astonishing business around the country and locally at the UA Southampton 4, where it is playing in both 3-D and 2-D formats. It’s my contention that sex appeal is a major reason for its success.

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 [...]