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Irish Film Fest Opens on Friday



NOLA is getting ready for some Celtic screenings. The third annual Irish Film Festival begins at the Prytania Theater Friday evening with a celebration the twenty-fifth anniversary of My Left Foot. Following the classic, New Orleanians  from the Emerald Isle and those just eying emeralds alike can enjoy three days of Irish cinema.


Film Review: This Ain't No Mouse Music


Though narrative feature films continue to disappoint, documentaries continue to shine. This Ain't No Mouse Music represents the latest documentary that's just a pleasure to see. Ostensibly the story of Chris Strachwitz, who founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, the documentary works as a tour of "roots music" i.e. music created by people rather than professionals and corporations looking for money. In a music world dominated by Clear Channel and rotating teeny-booper-twits (yes, Katy Perry, I mean you), the true depth and variety of music embedded in America is often quickly forgotten.


Film Review: As It Is In Heaven


I can't claim any particular affinity for movies about religious cults. I believe Sinclair Lewis' 1927 Elmer Gantry to be one of the finest American novels, far better than anything F. Scott Fitzgerald could manage. Yet that's as far into the literary River Jordan as I go. Right up until the end of the so-so As It Is In Heaven (2014), I wondered if my religious antipathy detracted from watching the movie. Then the movie suddenly ended when the true test for the characters should begin, leaving me to conclude I had merely wasted 90 minutes wondering about all this.


Film Review: The Equalizer


The Equalizer serves as a another milestone in the increasing irrelevance of Denzel Washington. The feature is yet another retired special-ops American vs. the Russian Mob action picture. I saw a trailer with Keanu Reeves promising pretty much the same film. Though Russia's kleptocracy brazenly pushes America around in reality, at least we can knock them out with ease onscreen. And there's the fact that Hollywood is too terrified of muslim terrorists to make them the enemies in any action movie now. Crime syndicates don't murder Danish cartoonists or put fatwas on authors letting the suntanned, SoCal powers play it safe.


Fest Brings All American Horror


By Jason Raymond

The New Orleans Horror film festival continued Friday night with screenings of short films as well as the features Savageland and the locally-filmed All American HorrorAll American Horror is a coming-of-age story set in rural Louisiana in 1959. Five teenagers from different cliques become trapped inside a church and have to face their fears while accepting someone different than any of them. Director John Swider along with Producers Wayne Douglas Morgan and Murray Roth attended the Friday night 10pm screening.


Film Review: The Trip to Italy


I haven't seen a film as fun as The Trip to Italy perhaps since original The Trip arrived in America in 2011. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return in a followup film as their bickering alter-egos, this time touring Italy vaguely following Romantic poets Shelley and Lord Byron while eating and drinking at fine restaurants. Just like the last time, witticisms and impressions flow across dinner tables. Old Coogan/Brydon staples like the James Bonds, Michael Caine, Pacino and Hugh Grant are joined by Tom Hardy and Christian Bale (unable to annunciate to a put-up A.D.), British TV show host Michael Parkinson, and musings on Alanis Morrissette's Jagged Little Pill.


Film Review: Tusk


As I sat stupefied through Tusk, I realized the only good coming from this experience would be my continued ability to vilify Kevin Smith and scorn his supporters. I find Smith alright on personal level. His frequent podcast appearances often amuse me. I love his famous story about how he and Barbara Streisand's former lover/hair stylist turned studio executive almost made a dreadful, black-suited Superman movie. I don't think he's a bad guy, just a horrible filmmaker.


Film Review: A Walk Among The Tombstones


Currently, Liam Neeson stars in movies at about the same rate as Michael Caine from the late 60s through 1990. A Walk Among The Tombstones feels like a throwback to Caine’s era: a lean, workman-like detective story whose pacing and editing isn't flashy. In Caine's better efforts like The Black Windmill or The Fourth Protocol , he played a spy. Here the source material comes from Lawrence Block, who has thrived as a second-tier detective mystery staple for decades. There's nothing original, but everything fits and functions. The movie doesn't shatter style like Michael Mann's Manhuter [1986], but it's better than a lot of recent crime movies.


Film Review: Zero Theorem


Heath Ledger's death midway through shooting marred his Terry Gilliam's last effort. Watching his first work since proved a joyless exercise. Though he's been on a slide since his splendid Time Bandits [1981], the American who worked his way into Monty Python via animation once offered visually unique, deeply flawed films that are fun to argue over. Can anyone who doesn't have a drug dependency really like The Fisher King [1991]?  Is Baron Munchausen [1988] good or just pretty in spots?  Unfortunately, The Zero Theorem, though better than his disastrous Jabberwocky [1977], looks far too much like Brazil [1985].


Film Review: Hannah and her Sisters


It's Woody Allen's last great film. That's a hard judgment on Crimes and Misdemeanors [1989], which was smart enough to show the world Alan Alda was an asshole by conning Alda into playing Alan Alda under the fig leaf of a stage name. For a man who had been at the pinnacle of comedy and filmmaking (treading in Allen's home waters as it were), the exposure (along with a couple of Alda-directed bombs) sealed Alda's fate as a contemporary filmmaker.&nbsp


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