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Cinemashrink: United States of Amnesia, 2014

United States of Amnesia, 2014 Written and Directed By Nicholas Wrathall Producers: Nicholas Wrathall, Theodore James and Burr Steers (Gore Vidal’s nephew) Stars: Gore Vidal, Jay Parini (noted writer and biographer of Gore Vidal) “We are the United States of amnesia, we learn nothing because we remember nothing.” The title of the documentary is of … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Kazetachinu (The Wind Rises), 2014

Kazetachinu Written and Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Starring Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima (Japanese); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski (English) “What happens to a dream deferred?” Jiro Horikoshi (Gordon-Levitt), protagonist of Hayao Miyazaki’s lyrical biopic The Wind Rises and designer of the infamous A6M Zero warplane, confronts this question in childhood. Plagued by … Continue reading

Cinemashrink DVD Treasure Trove, 2014

The Treasure of Sierra Madre, 1948 Director: John Huston Writers: John Huston (screenplay),  B. Traven (novel) Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Robert Blake as a kid IF you like film classics with fine performances of actors from another era and can be forgiving of a portrayal of Mexicans more literary device than reflection, … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Dallas Buyers Club, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club, 2013 Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Writers: Craig Borten (screenplay), Melisa Wallack (screenplay) Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto That’s it? A man wrangles his life from the jaws of death and runs a hustle during one of America’s worst Judgment Days and the best title Hollywood could come up with is Dallas … 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: 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