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Cinemashrink: Salinger, 2013

Salinger, 2013 Writer and Director: Shane Salerno As I walked out of the theater after seeing Shane Salerno’s documentary, Salinger, I wondered.  Why am I interested in J.D. Salinger?  Have I been wondering why the famous author stopped publishing in 1965 and retreated from the limelight to Cornish, his home in the woods of New … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Wadjda, 2013

Editor’s Note: Dr. Jane Alexander Stewart is on vacation.  Guest writer True Shields reviews Wadjda, the first film from a woman director shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, for October’s Cinemashrink and Newtopia’s Second Anniversary issue. Wadjda, 2013 Directed and Written by Hafiaa al-Mansour Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, and Abdulrahman al-Guhani It’s not Saudi music … Continue reading

Cinemashrink September 2013 Trove

Cinemashrink presents a trove of movies that should be on everyone’s “do not forget” list. 12 Angry Men, 1957 Director: Sidney Lumet Writer: Reginald Rose (story) Starring: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, John Fiedler, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, Robert Webber If you’ve ever … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Fruitvale Station, 2013 (Double Feature)

Editor’s note: This month, Jane Alexander Stewart’s Cinemashrink review is followed by a second review by True Emerson Shields. True is a twenty-three year old graduate of UC Berkeley who worked for The Daily Californian and reported on one of many demonstrations that followed the death of Oscar Grant in 2009. He is now a … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: The Lone Ranger, 2013

The Lone Ranger, 2013 Director: Gore Verbinski Writers: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe Actors: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Ruth Wilson Summary: The Lone Ranger, a borderline comic book film infused with outrageous action and dry humor, is good summer fun with a fresh mythic twist, courtesy of the filmmaking … Continue reading

Cinemashrink’s Treasure Trove of Nine DVDs for Summer 2013

IF you’re searching for summer movie options midst the blockbusters SEE a film you’ve never heard of – or a film you’ve heard of, but forgotten was incredibly wonderful BECAUSE facets of light lie buried in my Cinemashrink DVD Trove  of gems. Paper Moon, 1973 (USA) Director: Peter Bogdanovich Writers: Joe David Brown (story), Alvin … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Mud, 2013

Mud, 2012 Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, and Jacob Lofland There’s only one good reason to see Mud — Matthew McConaughey’s performance as a primordial man with heart. I will talk about the film’s story, but it’s not what kept me in my seat.  That … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: In the House, 2013

In The House, 2013 Director: Francois Ozon Writers: Juan Mayorga (play), Francois Ozon (screenplay) Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas Ask yourself.  What’s happening In The House?  That is, who really knows what’s happening In The House? “If you can think of life, for a moment, as a large house with a nursery, … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Blancanieves, 2013

Blancanieves, 2013 Written and Directed, Pablo Berger Director of Photography, Kiko de la Rica Starring Maribel Verdu (Encarna), Daniel Gimenez Cacho (Antonio Villalta), Angela Molia (Dona Concha), Sofia Oria (Carmencita), Macarena Garcia (Carmen) Once upon a time, in a land faraway called Spain, a girl named Carmenita after her mother, nicknamed Blancanieves by dwarves and … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Silver Linings Playbook, 2012

Director: David O. Russell Writers: David O. Russell, Matthew Quick (novel) Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver  If, as existentialist psychologist Rollo May claims in “Cry for Myth”, the American dream of coming out number one died with The Great Gatsby, Silver Linings Playbook pitches an idea for how to make … Continue reading