Land – Robin Wright Goes it Almost Alone

Robin Wright very astutely and adroitly negotiated a position behind the camera as “House of Cards” became successful. Scrutiny of the credits on other shows reveals similar strategies. For ... Continue Reading →

Chained For Life

Film history is replete with movies like Freaks and The Elephant Man which attempt to get inside the heads of deformed characters. Chained For Life similarly works that territory, ... Continue Reading →

Before You Know It

Two sisters discover their long lost mother in this pleasant family comedy. Many of the usual tropes are layered into the plot: the daughters are rather off-kilter, opposites and co-dependent, ... Continue Reading →

Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes – Film Review

The film successfully builds a bridge. With reflections from jazz lions like Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, the foundation of the crucial jazz label is built. Musicians signed more ... Continue Reading →

Film Review – Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

We are in a golden age of music documentaries, quite possibly the platinum age. For the fan, this plethora of offerings is almost an embarrassment of riches. Alfred George Bailey’s ... Continue Reading →

Best of 2012 Palm Springs Short Film Festival

The 18th annual Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Film Market, the largest festival of its kind in this country, completed its run June 19-25 and this writer’s ... Continue Reading →

Beverly Hills Film Festival & Mother’s Day Luncheon for ABCs

Hollywood Beat Beverly Hills Film Festival & Mother’s Day Luncheon for ABCs Sonia Nassery Cole received the Golden Palm Award for producing and directing The Black Tulip — ... Continue Reading →

Sundance 2011 – Film Round-up

Sundance 2011 – Film Round-up This year’s Sundance was marked by an uptick in attendees and acquisitions.  The weather was generally superb, and the films were generally noteworthy. ... Continue Reading →