Neely Swanson

“Presenting Princess Shaw” – Re: Meme her [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Presenting Princess Shaw” – Re: Meme her [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Presenting Princess Shaw,” a documentary by director/editor Ido Haar, is a mash-up of a mash-up or even a meme in that one artist “borrows” another’s work and transforms it into something that is both the same and different. Samantha Shaw lives a marginal existence in a tough neighborhood in New Orleans and…Read More→

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“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Lobster” and the absurdity of modern love [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In this modern age, where more and more relationships are being facilitated online – apps like Tinder making romance and falling in love almost binary in nature – is it any wonder why we might now feel like we’ve lost just a bit of our collective humanity, and why the whole…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“The Measure of a Man” – Depth matters [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Measure of a Man” – Depth matters [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson  Stéphane Brizé, a highly regarded, though little seen on this side of the Atlantic, French director/writer of amazing substance should rightly gain major international attention with his latest film “The Measure of a Man.” Multiple César and Cannes Film Festival nominee, Brizé won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Eva Hesse” – Ever more [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Eva Hesse” – Ever more [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson I almost missed the fabulous new documentary “Eva Hesse” directed by Marcie Begleiter. It had been sent to me only recently and it was in the back of my mind as something to get around to until a fateful visit, just yesterday, to the new Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery in the…Read More→

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“Sing Street” is another musical romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Sing Street” is another musical  romp from the director of “Once” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Jared Anderson/www.cinemacy.com “Sing Street,” from the Irish filmmaker John Carney, takes place during the homestretch of the Cold War when a group of adolescents come together in the name of fellowship, bonding over pop culture, and a desire to break away from the confines of the tangible. Carney is best known for grabbing the…Read More→

 Mark McDermott

“Elstree 1976”: A tribute to the unknown faces of “Star Wars” [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com Amidst the recently renewed “Star Wars” mania, with the beloved franchise’s acquisition and and re-boot by Disney with last year’s behemoth blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” new stories, worlds, and characters have been introduced to new audiences. But a long time ago – or rather, “About forty years ago, in a suburb of North London…”…Read More→

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“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” Shows Dark Days as a Genius in Crisis

by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com by Morgan Rojas/Cinemacy.com In literature, there is a term called the “Hemingway Hero,” which is essentially a set of noble traits and honorable qualities that the reader should aspire to, much like any character in an Ernest Hemingway novel. Every writer attempting to create this attribute will find that the qualities that make up a hero…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Rabin – In his own Words” – Our great loss [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Rabin – In his own Words” – Our great loss [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Rabin – In his own Words,” directed by Erez Laufer is, in its own way an autobiography of the great Israeli statesman Yizhak Rabin. Doing what he does best, editing, Laufer presents Rabin through archival interviews, news footage and home movies. For most people, myself included, Rabin is a something of a…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Dough” – Don’t spend too much [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Dough” – Don’t spend too much [MOVIE REVIEW]

  by Neely Swanson “Dough,” a well-intentioned, if trite and predictable, film directed by John Goldschmidt with a script by Jehudah Yez Freedman and Jonathan Benson, benefits from an excellent cast led by Jonathan Pryce and the charismatic young Jerome Holder. Nat Dayan (Pryce), still mourning the passing of his wife, is a bitter kosher…Read More→

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MOVIE REVIEW – ‘The Jungle Book’ re-animates a classic for a new generation

MOVIE REVIEW – ‘The Jungle Book’ re-animates a classic for a new generation

  by Ryan Rojas/Cinemacy.com
 It’s a weird thing, to be old enough to feel nostalgia for one’s own childhood. As the first wave of this millennial generation, and a child of the 90s, I am part of the last generation of people to have watched our movies on VHS cassette tapes. One of those movies,…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Louder than Bombs” – More deadly than silence [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Louder than Bombs” – More deadly than silence [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Louder Than Bombs,” the accomplished English language debut of Norwegian director Joachim Trier, who co-wrote the script with Eskil Vogt, is a complex study of life as affected by the death of a loved one. It’s been over two years since Isabelle Reed, a recently retired war photojournalist, died in a fiery…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Demolition” – but not destroyed [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Demolition” – but not destroyed [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Demolition,” written by Bryan Sipe and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, is saved from destruction by an outstanding cast led by an incomparable Jake Gyllenhaal. Davis, a successful investment banker working for his father-in-law Phil, has his world turned upside down in the split second it took for a car accident to…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Embrace of the Serpent” – the strong survive [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Embrace of the Serpent” – the strong survive [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson The complexity of “Embrace of the Serpent” lies within the simplicity of its narrative. This, however, is not a simple story; far from it. The scope of director Ciro Guerra’s narrative is no less than the white man’s decimation of the jungle and its inhabitants. It is early in the 20th century…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“Race” – win some, lose some [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Race” – win some, lose some [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson The story of Jesse Owens is compelling. Only slightly older than Jackie Robinson, he faced the same race-based hurdles, derision and hardships. That Jesse Owens’ remarkable story and achievements might be unknown is inconceivable but probable. It is this awe-inspiring history that director Stephen Hopkins and writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse…Read More→

 Neely Swanson

“A War” – and collateral damage [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A War” – and collateral damage [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A War,” the Oscar nominated Danish film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, captures not just the horror of war but also the collateral damage it inflicts on those left behind. Non-judgmental in his approach to filming the Danish soldiers whose job it is to rout the Taliban from their small corner of Afghanistan, Lindholm…Read More→

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