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TRANSIT (GERMAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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German director Christian Petzold’s ingenious interpretation of Anna Seghers’s (1900-1983) 1942 novel of the same title, is compelling on a variety of levels; primarily a contemporary take on Nazi roundups in the late 1930’s and 40’s; reminiscent of Seghers personal experiences during WWII: born into a Jewish family, marrying a Hungarian Communist, arrested by the Gestapo, renouncing Judaism, fleeing to ... Read More »

NO WINNERS IN PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD CONTEST

Peter Farrelly, center, and the cast and crew of "Green Book" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

For the first time, because of the dynamics of this year’s competition, a consolation prize will be given to Brian B. for going all the way, until he was foiled by “The Green Book”; congratulations on your prescient choices. For the most part, the evening was bland, benign and lacked the cohesiveness of a host; blessedly shorter than previous productions; ... Read More »

PRE OSCAR REFLECTIONS

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Just received the entrees for Peneflix’s Annual Academy Award Contest; hundreds have an opportunity to win; always buoyed by the regulars! This year was extremely problematic for me; credit phenomenal material, directing and equally grand characterizations; indecisiveness rarely invades my realm but this year’s nominees kept me in foggy, filmic fug. My main conundrums were: 1. Best Female Actress: until ... Read More »

PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS CONTEST 2019, LAST DAY TO ENTER!!!

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Once again February has shed prominence on the stars, movies and those behind the scenes. This year is the most difficult, challenging to date, due to the range and diversity of the films and nominees. I feel there should be separate categories for drama and comedy. I also question “Roma” being in “Best Movie” and best “Foreign Film” categories. Every ... Read More »

PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS CONTEST 2019, ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!!!

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Once again February has shed prominence on the stars, movies and those behind the scenes. This year is the most difficult, challenging to date, due to the range and diversity of the films and nominees. I feel there should be separate categories for drama and comedy. I also question “Roma” being in “Best Movie” and best “Foreign Film” categories. Every ... Read More »

NEVER LOOK AWAY (GERMAN/RUSSIAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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From its inception, this epically grand film (188 minutes) ambushes one’s attention, and in my case, has not relinquished its hold, days after experiencing it; a phenom, magnificent in scope, narrative and vision; hypothetically based on the life of celebrated painter, Gerhard Richter (1932); director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“The Lives of Others”) tackles the ambiguity of artistic modes, meandering, ... Read More »

PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS CONTEST 2019, ONE WEEK LEFT!!!

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Once again February has shed prominence on the stars, movies and those behind the scenes. This year is the most difficult, challenging to date, due to the range and diversity of the films and nominees. I feel there should be separate categories for drama and comedy. I also question “Roma” being in “Best Movie” and best “Foreign Film” categories. Every ... Read More »

EVERYBODY KNOWS (SPANISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi initially, stealthily seizes one’s attention from the moment you enter his filmic realm; winner of two Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film: “A Separation” (2011 ) and “The Salesman” (2016), he capitalizes, while simultaneously allowing viewers to interpret, the depth of the human condition. What I admire about his filmmaking is the level of intimacy, innate conflict ... Read More »

PENEFLIX ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD CONTEST 2019, TWO WEEKS LEFT!!!

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Once again February has shed prominence on the stars, movies and those behind the scenes. This year is the most difficult, challenging to date, due to the range and diversity of the films and nominees. I feel there should be separate categories for drama and comedy. I also question “Roma” being in “Best Movie” and best “Foreign Film” categories. Every ... Read More »

ARCTIC

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A nameless man, ambushed by a gorgeous, magnificently hostile, intransigent landscape, architects his survival; his doomed airplane and fishing expeditions keep him alive; Mads Mikkelsen’s performance is miraculous, imbued with astounding strength, tenacity and goodness; he rescues a wounded woman (Maria Thelma Smaradottir) after her plane and husband have perished; his phenomenal resourcefulness gifts viewers a look at a mythical, ... Read More »

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