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Monthly Archives: April 2017

ONE WEEK AND A DAY (SHAVUA VE YOM)

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Nothing is as individual or personal as the grieving process, which is why Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature One Week and a Day is so effective. With a talented cast, he finds absurdist humor in the midst of sadness that…
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JOHNNY DEPP AND ZOMBIES MAKE A BOY’S DREAM COME TRUE

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Less than a month ago Andy Shapiro over at Legendary put Jessie and me in contact with Tamika Lamison, founder and head of the Make a Film Foundation. As soon as I watched a TV news story about the organization,…
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CHASING TRANE: AN ARTIST SUPREME

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This has been a rich year for jazz-related documentaries. That happy trend continues with Chasing Trane, a tribute to John Coltrane by filmmaker John Scheinfeld, whose previous credits include The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who is Harry Nilsson…
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THE UNSUNG GRANDFATHER OF ‘KING KONG’

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Willis O’Brien’s place in movie history is secure. He is the genius who engineered the stop-motion animation that made King Kong come to life in 1933. He made a series of caveman shorts for Thomas Edison in the teens…
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INTERVIEW: Tim Davies, Conductor of LA LA LAND

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By Greg Ehrbar Tim Davies doesn’t believe in a narrow focus in music. He can turn with ease from 90-piece orchestras and big bands to rap and hip-hop. As a conductor, arranger and orchestrator, we’ve heard Tim’s work in…
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CURIOUS ABOUT ‘THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS’?

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It should come as no surprise that this is a big, dumb movie. It’s also old news that the series which began with The Fast and the Furious in 2001 has almost nothing to do with illegal street racing…
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