Archive for Film

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 [...]

La vie d’Adele

by Rick Segreda   “La vie d’Adele” was 2013′s much-applauded art-house hit from Belgium, making history at Cannes and making money, lots of it, for its producers. The jurors, including Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman, at [...]

Renoir

by Rick Segreda Renoir the painter and Renoir the filmmaker represent two of the highest points in western culture. The fact that they were also father and son, therefore, has always led many to contemplate how [...]

Monsieur Lazhar

by Rick Segreda   “Monsieur Lazhar”, currently playing at the Cine Arte Normandie, is an excellent film, not the least of which because it transcends the negative conventions of its genre. The genre in question, as [...]

Bogus Beauty

by Rick Segreda Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the major critical and commercial success of 2014, winning a whopping total of 21 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Some even see it as [...]

August: Osage County

 by Rick Segreda After years of hype and hope, “August Osage County” has finally been adapted to the screen, with what most would regard as a dream selection of actors, such as Meryl Streep and Julie [...]

No on Noah

by Rick Segreda Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is such an artistic disaster that one is left praying for an apocalyptic flood to wash away one’s memories of having seen it. Indeed, it is so bad that the [...]

Philomena and The Dallas Buyer’s Club

by Ricardo Segreda Even though it is one of the major social and political issues of our time, AIDS is rarely broached by the studio film industry, except as an occasion for a condom joke. One [...]

12 Years a Slave

by Rick Segreda To my great surprise, “12 Years a Slave” deserves the encomiums it has earned with English-language critics on both sides of the Atlantic. I say “surprise” because 1) unlike many of my colleagues, [...]

The Wolf of Wall Street

by Rick Segreda Movies about high finance have become so common lately that they constitute their own genre. Just within the last few years we’ve seen “Wall Street II”, “Margin Call”, “Arbitrage”, and now comes “The [...]