Septembers of Shiraz | Review

If you are feeling a touch of summer sequelitis and looking for something powerful and thrilling to watch then SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ is an important must see movie.

Set during the 1979 revolution in Iran SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ is the harrowing story of a secular Jewish family as they fight for their lives in an attempt to escape what is going on around them.  Based on true events with poignant and affective performances by Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, and Academy Award® nominees Salma Hayek-Pinault and Shohreh Aghdashloo, SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ illustrates the impact of political upheaval on ordinary people and gives us an incisive examination of a troubled moment in history.

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Expertly directed by Wayne Blair this movie brings droves of tension in what ultimately becomes an adrenalin charged cat-and-mouse battle of wills.  SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ is moving and both topical and relevant to current world events.  In revealing what many families sadly encountered over 35 years ago, the genius of this movie lies in its ability to relate the events of that time to experiences that are tragically being suffered by many in a number of countries around the globe today.

The movie cleverly reminds us that the victims of one political party’s agenda versus another are the very people who are promised their protection whilst the accompanying pollution of such communities who ultimately get divided by religion, class and economic factors often end up being the casualties of promised revolutions.

SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ is adapted by screenwriter Hanna Weg from Dalia Sofer’s bestselling novel.
SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ opened in New York, Los Angeles, and additional cities on Friday, June 24, 2016.  please check local listings

Episode 324 – The Conjuring 2 / Warcraft: The Beginning

Time for another dose of Moviewallas!  In this week’s Podcast we discuss:

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  • The Conjuring 2
  • Warcraft
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Episode 323 – Money Monster / The Nice Guys

In episode 323 of Moviewallas, we talk about:

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  • Money Monster
  • The Nice Guys
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Review | PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS

 

Sometimes all you want to do is to settle into a film seat with popcorn in your hands, and not have to worry about life’s all too real problems. Or to have the film comment on How We Live Now. Or to have the film be a treatise on the State Of The World. Lord knows we have enough films that do that. Sometimes all you want to see is a fun, soufflé-light comedy with a good heart. And an abundance of silliness up its sleeves.

 

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Edgar Garcia, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson and Luis Guzman in PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS.

PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS (opening in San Diego, Friday June 10th) is just that film. In the inanity of its plot, it could give KEANU a run for its money. And yet, PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS resonates with a little more sincerity, a little more ballast amidst all the goofiness. And is there goofiness here! I will attempt to summarize the plot as thus: two New York detectives of Puerto Rican lineage are recruited to travel to Paris and solve the mystery of a stolen, coveted new handbag  by a top fashion designer. See what I mean? I defy you to come up with something goofier. But to watch the film is to notice a smile come on your face in the first five minutes, and to have that smile stay stubbornly through the last reel. In fact if I mention the cast – Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Rosario Dawson and Rosie Perez – doesn’t that alone make you smile?

 

We were lucky to catch this film at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, and we covered it on our podcast at that time. You can have a listen to the podcast at:

Episode 280.1 – 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Part 1

 

puerto ricans in parisPUERTO RICANS IN PARIS is running an enviable 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and so many reviewers can’t be wrong. Go catch this film. It is the sort of small-budget film that deserves to be a breakout hit on the grounds of its easy laughs and open heart. Help it become that breakout hit. This might just be the antidote to the superhero fatigue you know you are feeling.

 

Episode 322 – The Jungle Book / Keanu

An animal themed podcast this week with reviews of:

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– Keanu

– The Jungle Book

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Episode 321 – Demolition / Everybody Wants Some!!

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  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Demolition
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Episode 320 – Captain America: Civil War

This week on Moviewallas, we discuss the sequel to 2014’s superb Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

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  • Captain America: Civil War
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Full listing of 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage

 

Day 1, Tribeca 2016

Day One, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

What joy it was to watch film after film at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival #Tribeca 2016. Sometimes five, six films in a day. We were happy as pigs in mud. Rolling around in the excellently curated selections at the festival. Our third consecutive year covering Tribeca proved a dizzying blast as between the three of us, we saw 27 films in four days at the festival. These films were all discussed on our five ‘live from New York’ podcasts devoted to the festival.

Day 2 Tribeca 2016

Day Two, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Day 3 Tribeca 2016

Day 3, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a full alphabetical listing of the films we watched at #Tribeca2016, with links to the podcast where each film was discussed:

  1. AFTER SPRING, at 31:06 min, Day 2 podcast
  2. AWOL, at 12:38 min, Day 3 podcast
  3. BAD RAP, at 10:10 min, Day 5 podcast
  4. THE BANKSY JOB, at 2:03 min, Day 5 podcast
  5. DETOUR, at 5:45 min, Day 4 podcast
  6. THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, at 1:45 min, Day 2 podcast
  7. DO NOT RESIST, at 7:27 min, Day 2 podcast
  8. DON’T LOOK DOWN, at 25:20 min, Day 2 podcast
  9. ENLIGHTEN US: THE RISE AND FALL OF JAMES ARTHUR RAY, at 28:56 min, Day 5 podcast
  10. THE FAMILY FANG, at 14:40 min, Day 1 podcast
  11. THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY at 4:30 min, Day 1 podcast
  12. HERE ALONE, at 30:17 min, Day 3 podcast
  13. HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM, at 11:14 min, Day 4 podcast
  14. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, at 27:59 min, Day 1 podcast
  15. I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD, at 24:00 min, Day 3 podcast
  16. JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT, at 24:54 min, Day 5 podcast
  17. KEEP QUIET, at 12:34 min, Day 2 podcast
  18. LITTLE BOXES, at 33:57 min, Day 3 podcast
  19. LIVE CARGO, at 9:16 min, Day 3 podcast
  20. THE LONER, at 17:20 min, Day 5 podcast
  21. THE MEDDLER, at 4:48 min, Day 1 podcast
  22. MOTHER (EMA), at 21:58 min, Day 1 podcast
  23. PARENTS (FORAELDRE), at 19:12 min, Day 3 podcast
  24. PISTOL SHRIMPS, at 18:45 min, Day 2 podcast
  25. SHADOW WORLD, at 15:24 min, Day 4 podcast
  26. WOMEN WHO KILL, at 2:00 min, Day 3 podcast
  27. YOUTH IN OREGON, at 1:20 min, Day 4 podcast
Day Four Tribeca 2016

Day Four, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival finds

Day 5 Tribeca 2016

Day Five, 2016 Tribeca Film Festival finds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next year, goodbye Tribeca.

 

 

Episode 319 – Tribeca Film Festival 2016 (Day 5)

Our final Podcast from the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.  In this podcast we review:

The-Banksy-Job_web-1 The Banksy Job

Director: Ian Roderick Gray, Dylan Harvey
Screenwriter: Ian Roderick Gray, Dylan Harvey
Producer: Christine Alderson, Alex Hurle
Editor: Anton Short
Cinematographer: Anthony Dias
Executive Producer: David Adair, Hamish Jenkinson, Thomas Atherton, James Edward Marks
Composer: Arrws
Cast: Andy Link

Bad_rap_awk Bad Rap

Director: Salima Koroma
Screenwriter: Salima Koroma
Producer: Salima Koroma, Jaeki Cho
Editor: Salima Koroma
Cinematographer: Salima Koroma
Cast: Jonathan “Dumbfoundead” Park, Nora “Awkwafina” Lum, David “Rekstizzy” Lee, Richard “Lyricks” Lee

The_Loner_web_1 The Loner

Director: Daniel Grove
Screenwriter: Daniel Grove
Producer: Seth Caplan, Reza Sixo Safai
Editor: Brian Scofield
Associate Producer: Malcolm Granath
Cinematographer: Steven Capitano Calitri
Production Designer: Michael Bricker
Executive Producer:Patrick Grove, Luke Elliott, Daniel Grove
Costume Designer: Kim Ngo
Make Up: Alex Perrone
Cast: Reza Sixo Safai, Helena Mattson, Parviz Sayyad, Julian Sands, Laura Harring, Dominic Rains

JEREMIAH_TOWER_THE-LAST_MAGNIFICENT_web_1 Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

Director: Lydia Tenaglia
Producer: Susan Porretta
Editor: Eric Lasby
Cinematographer: Morgan Fallon
Executive Producer: Anthony Bourdain, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Lydia Tenaglia
Cast: Jeremiah Tower

Enlighten_Us_web_1 Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray

Director: Jenny Carchman
Producer: Allyson Luchak
Editor: Seth Bomse
Cinematographer: Svetlana Cvetko, Chris Dapkins
Executive Producer: Julie Goldman, Chris Clements. Amy Entelis, Vinnie Malhotra
Composer: Scott Morgan
Supervising Producer: Courtney Sexton
Comissioning Editor: Sonja Scheider

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Episode 318 – Tribeca Film Festival 2016 (Day 4)

Part 4 of our coverage of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.  In this podcast we review:

Youth_In_Oregon_Web_1 Youth in Oregon

Director: Joel David Moore
Screenwriter: Andrew Eisen
Producer: Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, Morgan White
Editor: Michael Taylor
Cinematographer: Ross Riege
Executive Producer: Ross Dinerstein
Composer: Joel P. West
Cast: Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place, Josh Lucas, Nicola Peltz, Alex Shaffer

DETOUR_web_1 Detour

Director: Christopher Smith
Screenwriter: Christopher Smith
Producer: Julie Baines, Jason Newmark, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross
Editor: Kristina Hetherington
Cinematographer: Christopher Ross
Executive Producer: Stephen Kellliher, Hilary Davis, Elliot Ross, Fenella Ross
Composer: Pablo Clements, James Griffith, Toydrum
Co-Producer: Jonathan Taylor
Cast: Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, Emory Cohen

HOUSTON_WE_HAVE_A_PROBLEM_web_1 Houston, We Have a Problem

Director: Žiga Virc
Screenwriter: Žiga Virc, Boštjan Virc
Producer: Boštjan Virc
Editor: Vladimir Gojun
Cinematographer: Andrej Virc
Executive Producer: Boštjan Virc
Composer: Music Used
Co-Producer: Siniša Juričić, Ingmar Trost
Sound Designer: Matjaz Moraus Zdesar, Julij Zornik
Cast: Josip Broz Tito, Slavoj Žižek, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, William Jefferson Clinton

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Director: Johan Grimonprez
Screenwriter: Andrew Feinstein
Producer: Joslyn Barnes, Anadil Hossain
Editor: Per K. Kirkegaard, Pedro Collantes, Dieter Diependaele
Associate Producer: Burton Ritchie, Harbor Picture Company
Cinematographer: Nicole MacKinlay Hahn
Executive Producer: Bertha Foundation, Abigail Disney, Danny Glover, Driss Benyaklef, Sally Jo Fifer, Wilbur Leguebe
Composer: Karsten Fundal
Co-Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Emmy Oost, Onomatopee Films, Final Cut for Real
Co-Executive Producers: David Menschel, Michael J. Zak, Donald Rubin, Jodie Evans, Susan Rockefeller, Matthew Palevsky
In Association With: Bertha Foundation, Fork Films, Vital Projects Fund, ITVS, RTBF, DR, Danish Film Institute, BritDoc Circle, Zap-o-matik
Story by: Andrew Feinstein, Johan Grimonprez
Based on the book by: Andrew Feinstein
Cast: Andrew Feinstein, David Leigh, Vijay Prashad, Jeremy Scahill, Lawrence Wilkerson, Chris Hedges, Robert Fisk, Trita Parsi

 

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