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Cinemashrink: The Third Person, 2014

The Third Person, 2014 Writer and Director: Paul Haggis (Academy Award, Crash, 2004) Stars: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger The Third Person draws us into a mythic realm of healing fiction where a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist deftly flays open the human darkness of a loss of trust in oneself – a … Continue reading

Cinemashrink’s Summer Trove 2014

Some gems you never heard of, some nuggets you haven’t seen and some jewels you forgot were so great! Dear Mom, Love Cher, 2013 Director: P. David Ebersole Producer: Todd Hughes Stars: Georgia Holt, Cher, Georganne LaPiere   IF revamping the image of the octogenarian to sexy, smart and adventurous is on your mind SEE … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Jodorowsky’s Dune, 2014

  Jodorowsky’s Dune, 2014 Director: Frank Pavich Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux To see Jodorowsky’s Dune is to enter a magical world of cosmological possibility. Theoretically, the film is a documentary about the making of a famous movie that never got made.  In actuality, it’s a tribute to the human spirit…especially the human spirit at … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Tim’s Vermeer, 2013

Tim’s Vermeer, 2013  (Documentary) Director: Teller Starring: Tim Jenison, Jillette Penn, Colin Blakemore, David Hockney 17th Century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer is famous for painting like an angel with light. He was a phenomenon, unique in his day with a painting technique cloaked in mystery to our day.  Three hundred and fifty years later, we … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Her, 2013

HER, 2013 Director:  Spike Jonze Writer: Spike Jonze Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johannson Her is a film for those who want to know more about the crazy cyberspace age in which we’re living.   Is the computer taking us further, faster than we can keep up with?  Her may be better at raising questions … Continue reading

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: 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: Promised Land, 2012

Promised Land, 2012 Directed by Gus Van Sant Screenplay by John Krasinski, Matt Damon; Story by Dave Eggers Starring Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, Rosemarie DeWitt   Promised Land opens in an opulent five-star restaurant, where Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a young man realizing his lifelong ambition. He’s being vetted for an executive … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Zero Dark Thirty, 2013

(Jane Alexander Stewart is on vacation for January.  True Shields, Berkeley Lit Grad ’12 and movie buff, keeps Cinemashrink’s Oscar lights burning with a mythic overview of Zero Dark Thirty.)  Zero Dark Thirty, 2013   Directed by Kathryn Bigelow   Screenplay by Mark Boal   Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton Synopsis: A dramatization … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: Argo, 2012

Argo, 2012 Director, Ben Affleck Screenplay, Chris Terrio Starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin Synopsis:  A dramatization of the true story of CIA agent Tony Mendez’s miraculous rescue of six American diplomats during the famous 1979 Iranian hostage crisis — a feat made possible by disguising them as Canadian filmmakers. What was I thinking?  … Continue reading