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THE INVISIBLE GUEST (CONTRATIEMPO) – (NETFLIX: SPANISH: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Summer selections in theaters have been puny at best; in desperation and fighting film withdrawal I have turned to Netflix for satisfaction. Director/writer Oriol Paulo’s (“The Body”) “The Invisible Guest” is stunning, riveting in gifting viewers another prescient take on the “Rashomon Effect”; identical scenario told from different perspectives. Brilliantly written and acted, there is a slick, balanced compilation between ... Read More »

13 MINUTES (GERMAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Recently, German films have brazenly analyzed their bleak accountability for WWII; “Labyrinth of Lies” (2014) was outstanding and “13 Minutes” directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel should be seen for a myriad of reasons: cinematography tightly, pristinely anchors the viewers attention to the plot; the acting is superb: Christian Friedel is haunting as young Georg Elser, an apolitical carpenter who devises a ... Read More »

THE JOURNEY

Focuses on the 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, a monumental step in the elimination of the bloody strife between The Democratic Unionist Party and the I. R. A./Sinn Fein; Ian Paisley(Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) and the fictionalized, imagined version of how these mortal foes became “The Chuckle Brothers” eventually serving as First Minister and Deputy Minister of Northern ... Read More »

THE WEDDING PLAN; HEBREW (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

Wildly witty, charmingly creative, “Michal” (sensational Noa Kooler) is thirty-two, an Orthodox Jew, dumped by her fiancé, she decides to go ahead with the wedding despite being “groomless”; she feels that God will prevail and in thirty days, on the eighth day of Hanukkah she will wed. What transgress is captivatingly unpredictable; Michal, a proprietor of a mobile zoo, is ... Read More »

THINGS TO COME; FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) (ON DEMAND) & IN THEATRES

Quietly profound slice of life; a moment in time that all who have reached the age of maturity will recognize its veracity, silently stunning emotional upheaval; normalcy interrupted, a catastrophic event severs the complacency of a twenty-five year marriage. Writer/director Mia Hansen-Love partners with inimitable Isabelle Huppert and paints a portrait of time, acceptance, change and openness to “things to ... Read More »

THEIR FINEST

Last year, on the advice of my sage sister, I binge-watched Britain’s television detective drama, “Foyles’s War” (2002-2015); truly one of the “finest” programs, written by Antony Horowitz, I have ever indulged in; commencing in 1940 the scenario stretches through WWII and beyond; starring Michael Kitchen as detective “Christopher Foyle” and Honeysuckle Weeks as his driver “Samantha Stewart” two of ... Read More »

LA LA LAND/THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG/SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS

Three profoundly poignant, powerful films that idiosyncratically adhere, to one’s memory; permanent, lifelong residents, quiet reminders of youth’s surging, electrifying passion; a love never experienced in the history of mankind; convinced of its uniqueness, permanence, consuming every waking moment, dominating dreams, allowing nothing, or no one, to trespass on its sublimity; its redolence lies in its universality; life’s serendipitous, karmic ... Read More »

BITTER HARVEST

1932-33, between seven and ten million Ukrainians were systematically starved to death because they refused to be part of Josef Stalin’s collectivization; resisting forced relinquishment of their land to state- owned collective farms. “Holodomor” (death by forced starvation), cancerous as the “Holocaust”;  Stalin and Hitler, bunk-mates in Dante’s ninth circle of Hell. “Bitter Harvest” directed by George Mendeluk tackles this ... Read More »

ACADEMY AWARDS ATROCITY

For a meager twenty seconds, there were two winners in the Peneflix contest; those twenty seconds destroyed the Academy’s legitimacy for years to come. How can viewers trust the sealed envelope? In retrospect, I bleed for Warren Beatty, lacking the prescience, when he realized the error, to speak out, he was rendered comatose, and poor Faye, spoke too soon. In ... Read More »

FINAL DAY!! Enter before midnight! – Peneflix Annual Academy Awards Contest – Select and win!

To enter: 1)   You must be a subscriber to Peneflix.com 2)   You may only enter once. 3)   ALL  ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, MIDNIGHT. $150.00 TO THE WINNER. HAVE TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY. *PENEFLIX PICKS* marked in the form below (PLUS THE WINNER HAS TO GET CORRECT NUMBER AWARDS FOR BEST PICTURE) Read More »

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