Archive for Film

Boyhood

by Rick Segreda I was not bedazzled by Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood”, but I certainly wasn’t bothered by it. In fact, I rather liked it, but I did not love it, and there are times in which [...]

Mike Nichols: A Life in Film and Politics

by Rick Segreda The death of Mike Nichols closes the curtain on an extraordinary life and career, both personally and professionally. Furthermore, it also concludes a chapter in Hollywood history that began during the 1960s when [...]

The Lunchbox

by Rick Segreda “The Lunchbox”, an Indian film known as “Dabba” in Hindi, is currently in Chile at Cinehoyts, and let’s hear it for progressive capitalism! That a corporation which usually limits its offerings to Hollywood product or [...]

Film Review: Gone Girl

by Rick Segreda   “Gone Girl” has emerged not only as a very big box office hit, but as the most massively misogynist movie from Hollywood since “Fatal Attraction”. That a woman, Gillian Flynn, not only [...]

Pandora’s Box

by Rick Segreda   In the last two decades, the Turkish experience in contemporary film has come into prominence for world audiences through the immigrant sensibilities of Fatih Akin, based in Germany, and Ferzan Özpetek, based in [...]

Film Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Rick Segreda Three years ago I placed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” on the top of my year’s best-of list, largely for how it returned intelligent writing and competent craftsmanship to the high-budget, [...]

Interview: Werner Herzog’s Sound and Vision

by Rick Segreda photo courtesy Eric Spitzer-Marlyn Werner Herzog and Eric Spitzer-Marlyn have maintained a fruitful partnership as filmmaker and sound engineer since 1999, when Spitzer-Marlyn engineered the audio for “My Best Enemy”, Herzog’s tribute to [...]

Robin Williams, 1951 -2014

by Rick Segreda With his death last weekend, Robin Williams will now overtake Marilyn Monroe as the most famous suicide in Hollywood history, which is ironic. Whereas Monroe’s self-willed death was prompted by a fear that [...]

Le Passe

by Rick Segreda Asghar Farhadi “Le Passe” is a brilliant and emotionally-wrenching family drama from France that is the equal of the late master of the genre, Maurice Pialat. Indeed, as a contemplation of love and [...]

A Tribute to Tom Tykwer

by Rick Segreda Born in 1965, Tom Tykwer has emerged as the most prominent German director since Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  His international success from 1998, “Run, Lola, Run”, heralded the arrival of a passionate and original [...]