The Film Gang

Long Walk to Freedom

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Listen to David H. Anthony’s review, above.
 
As December brought an end to 2013, Justin Chadwick’s long awaited homage to the now late Madiba, Nelson Mandela, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom was released in theaters. The link between Mandela and Long Walk To Freedom was by no means automatic, or even generally known. When I informed the cashier at the ticket counter that I wished to see Long Walk to Freedom, she responded with a quizzical look, until I added, Mandela.

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Inside Llewyn Davis

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Inside Llewyn Davis is the Coen Brothers latest film. Because it’s more or less plotless, and primarily a long character study, it’s been a challenge to write about. As the title suggests, the character under scrutiny is Llewyn Davis.

Llewyn is a folk singer, in his early thirties. Like his father, he’s a veteran of the merchant marines, but his dream is to make it in the burgeoning folk music scene of the early 60s. Much of the film is set in Greenwich Village, and in particular, the Gaslight Café, a coffee house that was located in the basement of an address on MacDougall Street.

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Review by David H. Anthony (Audio above /read  text below)

As we approach the holiday season, several cinematic blockbusters are making their debut. One of these is the widely touted Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, a version of the untold story behind the filming of Mary Poppins.

With Hanks as Walt Disney and Thompson as author P. L. Travers, director John Lee Hancock is attempting to capture a moment in time, the year 1961 when Disney and Travers, having communicated for two decades, are close to a deal granting Disney screen rights to Mary Poppins, a series equally dear to its London-based creator and the Midwestern-born mogul.

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The Great Beauty

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Review by Dennis Morton  (audio above / see text below)

The Great Beauty
, an Italian film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is almost two and a half hours long, and, on my initial viewing, it took me almost thirty minutes to begin to enjoy it. For the first fifteen minutes or so, the camera is mostly focused on a wild party that takes place on the huge balcony of a posh apartment overlooking the ancient Roman Coliseum.

Was the point to skewer the ostentatious opulence of the party-goers and their host, or what? Upon reflection, I realized there was a touch of skewering in the scene, but that it was primarily a flamboyant way to introduce viewers to most of the major characters in the film.

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Black Nativity

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Above review by David H. Anthony discusses the new film of Langston Hughes’ musical stage play, Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons, director of Eve’s Bayou, The Caveman’s Valentine and Talk To Me, and starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson.

Nebraska

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Above review by Dennis Morton.
 

Kill Your Darlings

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Above review by Dennis Morton.
 

12 Years A Slave

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Above review by David H. Anthony
 

At Night I Fly

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Above review by Dennis Morton.
 

25th Annual Pacific Rim Film Festival

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Above, listen to the feature on the 2013 Pacific Rim Film Festival, by David Anthony.

Below, just two of the 20 films playing October 17-23..

'Linsanity', Directed by Evan Leong, 2013, USA, 1:28, English

‘Linsanity’, Directed by Evan Leong, 2013, USA, 1:28, English

Comrade Kim Goes Flying, Directed by Kim Gwan Hung, Anja Daelemans, and Nicholas Bonner, 2012, Belgium/UK/North Korea, 1:21, Korean with English Subtitles

Comrade Kim Goes Flying, Directed by Kim Gwan Hung, Anja Daelemans, and Nicholas Bonner, 2012, Belgium/UK/North Korea, 1:21, Korean with English Subtitles