Category | Danny Peary on Film

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.

Krokidas’s “Kill Your Darlings” Opens Hamptons International Film Festival

Posted on 08 October 2013

On Tuesday October 1, at the Waldorf Towers in New York City, writer-director John Krokidas gave me three reasons why he was beaming. It was his 40th birthday. His debut feature Kill My Darlings had its New York premiere at the Paris Theatre the previous night. And he was looking forward to his film opening the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) this Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall.

Cunningham and Alpert’s Heartfelt “Valentine Road” Debuts on HBO

Posted on 06 October 2013

By Danny Peary You probably remember hearing about the tragic incident on the west coast.  On February 12, 2008, in a classroom at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, a fifteen-year-old boy named Larry King was shot and killed by another student, Brandon McInerney, who was humiliated when King asked him to be [...]

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Dorothy Vogel and The Art of Collecting Art

Posted on 24 September 2013

Megumi Sasaki’s charming documentary, Herb & Dorothy 50×50, opens Friday at the Sag Harbor Cinema, almost five years since her Herb & Dorothy won the Audience Award at the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival.

Trueba’s “The Artist and the Model” in Sag Harbor

Posted on 19 September 2013

Last month, I posted an interview with the lovely Spanish actress Aida Folch and stated that The Artist and the Model, her new film for director Fernando Trueba, would be playing in Sag Harbor before the summer ended. Sure enough, it slipped into town last week, the final week of summer, and–I want to alert you–it will be playing a second week at the Sag Harbor Cinema, the first week of Fall, beginning Friday the 20th at 5 pm. Be sure to see it.

Megumi Sasaki Talks About Herb & Dorothy 50×50

Posted on 12 September 2013

Herb & Dorothy 50×50 fits my category “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” And there is good news about that. It premieres at the IFC Center this Friday and by all means see it there if you’re in Manhattan in the next two weeks. But if you can’t get into the city or want to see it again or for the first time out here, it will be opening at the Sag Harbor Cinema on Friday September 27.

Ross and Roach on Their “Red Obsession”

Posted on 05 September 2013

Red Obsession fits my category of “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” It opens at the Cinema Village in New York City this Friday. The directorial debut of veteran Australian producer/writers Warwick Ross and David Roach is a fascinating documentary about the spell wine has on connoisseurs around the world and how billionaires in China have replaced the U.S. and Great Britain as the market for obscenely-priced Bordeaux wines.

Joe Swanberg on “Drinking Buddies”

Posted on 23 August 2013

Joe Swanberg’s new film, Drinking Buddies, which opens in New York City on Friday, is already getting him media attention than he’s never experienced. And his four leads—Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston—are telling everyone they are thankful they got to play interesting characters unlike anything offered to them in the past—and that they’d be pleased to work with Swanberg again.

Lowery, Mara & Foster on “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Posted on 22 August 2013

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” fits my category “Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.” Its writer/director David Lowery says he always wanted to make a movie that captured the feeling of the songs of unique singer/songwriter/harpist/pianist Joanna Newsom, who ventures musically from roots/Appalachian to avant-garde. Inspired by and an homage to songs, books, movie westerns, gangster-couple films and his native Texas, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints surely is the lyrical, haunting, authentic yet dreamlike film that he wanted to make. And he’s probably content that since it opened in New York City last Friday, the reviews have been a mix of raves–by those who consider it “an American original”–and shrugs–usually by those who expected more action.