Film Festival 38 is in the record books

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Film Festival 38 ended Sunday night around 10PM.  Amid a crowd of thousands, fans cheered everyone who came to the stage for recognition.  Films that I either saw or made an impression: Joe Siebert’s documentary, “The Sax Man” garnered the local filmmaker award. Of course, it wouldn’t have seemed right without the subject of his […]

Waltz to an Excellent start to the 38th CIFF

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Frankly, the first movie of the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival was an ominous start. Crack, Back and Sack had a lot going for it.  Norwegian, Irreverent, Sexual tension and an attractive cast.   But all those ingredients couldn’t save it from being overly vulgar (discussing private parts really got old) and listless.  The characters were […]

Film Festival 37 ends on a high note

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Film festival 37 is history and I am a bit sad. Even though my cat and wife will (hopefully) be happier to see me, it was almost like being in high school where all you cared about was movies. Back to the grown up world I guess. That said, here are my impressions: EVERY year, […]

1st Four Day Review

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Hi everyone, The festival once again has come up with some true films that I won’t forget soon.  While there is a small chance they could show up at the end of this week, consider making notes as they could show up at the Cedar Lee or Cinematheque.  My top favorites so far… Broken. Yes, the […]

Film Festival 36 is a Take

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Every year, I tell myself I am not going to be sad now that my life returns to normalcy.  I won’t see my friends so frequently (e.g. once every hour and a half).  My neck feels vacant without my Press badge.  That yellow ball in the sky seems so bright.  Yes, number 36 is in […]

Day 9 Wrap Up

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We are heading into the last week of the Film Festival and it is with a sense of sadness and relief.  Every time my cats see my bright yellow film festival bag, they know I will be heading out 8 hours or more to see the world through film.  There is also a sense of […]

CIFF: Day 8. Under the African Skies

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Its hard to believe how much time has passed since Paul Simon released his classic album “Graceland”.  Its not just the catchy tunes (“You Can Call Me Al”, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”), but the political and musical implications of his endeavor that are remembered. Skies starts out with withering criticism from the […]

Mid-week synopsis

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In the last two days, I screened 6 films but won’t spend much time discussing them since they have gone to movie heaven – or wherever they go when they are not picked up by a distributor.  Here is the rundown. Apartment in Athens.  A typical WWII movie that is good but nothing special. Shuffle.  […]

Come as you are to the Film Festival

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This past weekend was another Film Festival winner, but not without its challenges.  The French film “The Art of Love” arrived on-time, alas without sub-titles.  Do the French really think that all Americans can understand… French?  We are still working on English! Saturday ended right as we had a nice dinner with Gaylen Ross and […]