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Dr. Jane Alexander Stewart

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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: 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 Presents: 2013 New Year’s DVD Treasure Trove

Turning Point, 1977 Directed by Herbert Ross Written by Arthur Laurents Starring Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshinknov If you can recall a time when a turn to the right meant losing forever the left See Turning Point nail the moment when one woman’s life another woman makes Because personal choice choreographs a dance for … 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: Lincoln, 2012

Synopsis: Lincoln, written by Tony Kushner and directed by Steven Spielberg, portrays Abraham Lincoln’s masterful and determined political leadership in passing the 13th Amendment through the US House of Representatives and abolishing slavery by law. As my memory serves, Abraham Lincoln was a tall and skinny man who spoke eye to eye from whatever lofty podium to … Continue reading