IFFBoston 2010 Review: Convention

In 2008, as the Democratic party assembled in Denver, Colorado to nominate Barack Obama as their candidate, everything seemed to run smoothly.  Or did it?  AJ Schnack’s “Convention,” is the behind-the-scenes look at the convention, offering viewpoints as varied as the mayor’s office, a newly christened reporter on the political beat and a couple of …

DVD Review: Make Way For Tomorrow

Sometimes people ask me why I watch so many movies, why I spend so much time reading about, studying and looking for hard-to-find old movies.  Now, as a response, I can just present them with a copy of “Make Way For Tomorrow.”  This is why I search through old movies.  This is something special.  Never …

DVD Review: Hickey & Boggs

If you’ve seen every episode of “The Cosby Show,” and are disappointed that you haven’t seen Dr. Cliff Huxtable shoot anyone down in cold blood, have I got a movie for you.  1972’s “Hickey & Boggs,” re-teams Bill Cosby with former “I, Spy,” co-star Robert Culp. (Culp also directed the film.)  “Boggs,” is a typical 1970s …

DVD Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Reviewing a filmmaker’s swing at the children’s genre is usually pretty difficult and on par with reviewing a musician’s Christmas record and trying to make sense of it with the rest of their catalogue.  However, Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is not like most children’s films. “Fox,” is based on the children’s book by Roald …

DVD Review: Up in the Air

Ryan Bingham likes to keep things simple.  A constant traveler for work, he lives his life with his frequent flyer cards, his hotel reward programs, everywhere he goes, he is greeted with a chorus of, “it’s great to see you again, Mr. Bingham.”  Ryan Bingham is a professional down-sizer.When companies need to trim their staff …

Oscar Nominations Announced

Early in LA Tuesday morning, a good deal of people were up to hear the 2010 nominations for the Academy Award.  This is the first year of the Academy’s new ’10 best picture’ nominee concept.  There is a lot of things to be excited about with this list of nominees, but a few things that …

Sam Mendes to Helm 007 #23?

Rumors are flying around on-line about Sam Mendes signing on to direct Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie.  Some sites have Mendes directing, others have him coming on to consult while MGM pleads with him to consider directing. Either way, I think this is excellent news.  What worked best about “Casino Royale,” (“Quantum …