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NEVER LOOK AWAY (GERMAN/RUSSIAN: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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!!!

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)

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!!!

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

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 »

THE INVISIBLES (German: English SUBTITLES)

1,700 Jews survived World War II living in Berlin; “The Invisibles” is Germany’s remarkable testament, lauding the indomitable survival instincts of four who defied the odds and lived. Archival interviews with the aged survivors, interspersed with actors depicting their youthful travails, is riveting filmmaking; director Claus Rafle, without blinders, creates a masterpiece, recognizing  not only the temerity of the Jewish ... Read More »

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

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 AWARD CONTEST 2019, SELECT AND WIN!!!

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 »

CAPERNAUM (CHAOS) ARABIC:ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Katharine Smyth in “All the Lives We Never Lived” proposes that there is one book for every life, with “the power to reflect and illuminate that life”; Lebanese director/writer/actor, Nadine Labaki’s magnificently tragic “Capernaum” is the nascent, metaphorical film featuring misplaced, disenfranchised refugees; focusing on a twelve-year-old Syrian boy “Zain” (Syrian refugee,  Zain Al Rafeea) undocumented, uneducated, malnourished, suing his ... Read More »

COLD WAR POLISH (ENGLISH: SUBTITLES)

This year has voyeuristically regaled audiences with two remarkable films by auteurs who culled from their memories, splayed on the screen, with respectful redolence, their lineage: “Roma” (reviewed 12/9), directed by Alfonso Cuaron (b.1961)  and “Cold War”, a masterpiece directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (b.1957); reverence resonates throughout both movies; filmed in black and white, uncompromised by color, seize and steadfastly ... Read More »

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