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Stephen Saito

Five of Sidney Lumet’s Lesser-Known Films Worth Seeking Out (photo)

Five of Sidney Lumet’s Lesser-Known Films Worth Seeking Out

Only days ago “The Deadly Affair” arrived at my doorstep, yet another of Sidney Lumet’s films I had never seen before since having been born two-thirds of the way into the director’s legendary career, it’s always been a game of catch-up. Then again, it was that way for most in his field, even if they […]

The Lost Michael Winterbottom/Colin Firth Film and More New DVDs (photo)

The Lost Michael Winterbottom/Colin Firth Film and More New DVDs

A look at what’s new on DVD this week: “A Summer in Genoa” Directed by Michael Winterbottom Released by Entertainment One Of the many films Michael Winterbottom (“A Mighty Heart,” “9 Songs”) has directed in recent years, you wouldn’t guess the one starring recent Oscar winner Colin Firth as a father who must take care […]

Trailering: Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” (photo)

Trailering: Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia”

Our first glimpse of Lars von Trier’s eagerly awaited film “Melancholia” comes courtesy of his production company Zentropa, which released a trailer for the director’s first foray into science fiction this morning. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and “Antichrist” leading lady Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters facing the end of the world with the impending collision […]

“Blank City,” Reviewed (photo)

“Blank City,” Reviewed

Although it’s an unfortunate turn of phrase given the era, the best way to describe the documentary “Blank City” is still as something of a gateway drug when it comes to the late ’70s, early ’80s underground film scene in New York. It’s easy to tell this since it’s obvious French director Celine Danhier recreates […]

“Taxi Driver” is Indeed Talkin’ to You and More New DVDs (photo)

“Taxi Driver” is Indeed Talkin’ to You and More New DVDs

A look at what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray today: “Taxi Driver” (1976) Directed by Martin Scorsese Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment One can read about the extensive restoration of what many consider to be Martin Scorsese’s finest film at The Digital Bits, but if you’re a film fan, you might not need convincing […]

Mourning the End of an Era at Cinematical (photo)

Mourning the End of an Era at Cinematical

While it isn’t fair to those still working there to pronounce Cinematical dead, this week has seen a steady stream of writers and editors leave the site in recent days, all but leaving it for dead, and without sounding too grandiose, taking a little bit of film culture along with it. Of course, there are […]

The Curious Cameography of Woody Allen (photo)

The Curious Cameography of Woody Allen

With reports out of France that Woody Allen is shooting a cameo for the film “Paris Manhattan,” a comedy from first-time director Sophie Lellouche in which part of the plot revolves around a pharmacist (Alice Taglioni) so obsessed with his work she prescribes DVDs of his films to patients, the 75-year-old filmmaker continues a tradition […]

Max Winkler Attends to “Ceremony” (photo)

Max Winkler Attends to “Ceremony”

Just as it surely took Uma Thurman’s Zoe a considerable amount of time to be wooed by Michael Angarano’s much younger raconteur Sam before the events that unfold in “Ceremony,” it took me two viewings to completely fall for Max Winkler’s directorial debut, a coming-of-age comedy that wears its references on its sleeve. It has […]

Susanne Bier Considers “A Better World” (photo)

Susanne Bier Considers “A Better World”

In recent days, many people have thrown around the word “accessible” in writing about Susanne Bier’s work, a description that has no doubt has led to Hollywood interest in remaking at least two of the Danish filmmaker’s previous films including the already-produced Jim Sheridan take on “Brothers.” For some, it’s been a compliment and others, […]

“Two Gates of Sleep,” Reviewed (photo)

“Two Gates of Sleep,” Reviewed

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