New YENTL DVD Coming in Feb!!!

     Last year, when lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman came to the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival, they told me plans were underway for a new DVD version of Yentl—a special 25th anniversary release.  Since that time I’ve checked Amazon faithfully to no avail, but today: HOORAY!!!  It’s scheduled for 2/3/09 & available for pre-order!!!  For …

YENTL

Love her or hate her, it’s time to acknowledge Barbra Streisand’s YENTL as a triumph of personal film-making. Why doesn’t Mandy Patinkin sing? Because all the songs are soliloquies – a passionate inner voice yearning for self-expression. Message to Barbra: The Academy gave even less to Hitchcock’s VERTIGO, but history speaks. More on YENTL.

IN A WORLD...

Wonderful premise poorly executed. Even tho he died in 2008, Don Lafontaine--the man who made the words "In a world..." resonate in a gazillion movie trailers--remains the king of Voice Overs. Film is about the guys competing to replace him & whether they will allow a chick in their sandbox. Such a great idea, but first-time …

FRIENDS WITH KIDS

"Julie Keller" (Jennifer Westfeldt) & "Jason Fryman" (Adam Scott) have been friends for years. They live in the same trendy Manhattan condo building, they have well-paying if ill-defined jobs, and they enjoy socializing with the same group of buddies. But their buddies have now paired off & become parents, leaving Julie & Jason to wonder if …

Who’s Penny?

Jan Lisa Huttner, an award-winning film critic and feminist activist, began using the name “Penny” as a non de plume after she organized the original WITASWAN project in 2004. WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) soon lead to International SWAN Day, now celebrated annually all around the world. Unless you’re a crossword …

DVD Recommendations for SWAN Day

There is no reason NOT to celebrate the second International SWAN Day this weekend!!! If you can't find any local events that suit you & you can't find a local screening of SUNSHINE CLEANING nearby, then rent or buy one of these wonderful DVDs (recently released in the past few months): CADILLAC RECORDS;  ELEGY;    FROZEN RIVER;  …

SUNSHINE CLEANING

News flash – houses don’t clean themselves! Although Sunshine Cleaning resembles 2007 Oscar-winner Little Miss Sunshine in several superficial ways, don’t let the coincidental “sunshine” reference blind you. Writer Megan Holley built her original screenplay around a story she heard eight years ago on National Public Radio—two women describing the trials and tribulations of running …

TWO DAYS IN PARIS

Two Days in Paris follows a New York couple, French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy) and American interior designer, Jack (Adam Goldberg) as they try to reinfuse their relationship with romance on a European vacation.  Julie Delpy wrote, directed, and starred in this hilarious film which was nominated for Cesar, Independent Spirit and European Film Awards, …