YOUTH (2015)

Two aging friends (Michael Caine as an orchestra conductor and Harvey Keitel as a movie director) share a vacation at a lavish Swiss spa with various minor characters contributing ensemble performances in vignettes that the director weaves into a tapestry about growing old. Unfortunately, I left the theater feeling the tapestry needed some reweaving. (RME:…

#MakeOscarGold

Last year, when Selma was nominated for Best Picture & Best Song but nothing else, 2 hashtag campaigns were born. One was ‪#‎OscarSoWhite‬ (protesting the fact that David Oyelowo was not nominated for Best Actor & all of the acting nominees in all 4 categories were white). One was ‪#‎StopBlueOscar‬ (protesting the fact that Ava DuVernay was not nominated…

2016 Oscar Noms (BKP)

Associate Editor Brigid Presecky's Take on the 2016 Oscar Nominations 🙂 With hundreds of eligible films (many of which were reviewed by FF2 Media) the final nominees are a well-deserved, if not surprising, list of immeasurable talent. Academy voters for the 2016 Oscar nominations apparently 'never let go' of their fondness for Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate…

Brigid: Best Films of 2015

Brigid: Best Films of 2015

  2015's Top Picks from FF2 Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS 1.) Spotlight Between the impressive ensemble and outstanding script by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight earns the top spot for my 2015 list. It tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic…

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Chaplin

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 8: CHAPLIN (1992) Richard Attenborough entered the 1990s with another amazing biopic, this time profiling one of the silver screen’s early icons: the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Adapted from both Chaplin’s own autobiography and David Robinson’s book, Chaplin: His Life and His Art, the film chronicles Chaplin’s career—as well his…

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Richard Attenborough Tribute: Magic

Jarrod Emerson’s Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 5: MAGIC (1978) Richard Attenborough’s only foray into horror, Magic, tells the story of "Corky Withers" (Anthony Hopkins), a shy, anxiety-ridden magician who struggles to get through a performance. Corky eventually finds success when he incorporates ventriloquism into his act with “Fats” an expressive wooden dummy. Fats is…

Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Richard Attenborough: Jurassic Park

Jarrod Emerson's tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 4: Jurassic Park (1993) After focusing exclusively on his directorial career for over a decade, Richard Attenborough stepped back in front of the camera, when Steven Spielberg cast him in the mega-hit, Jurassic Park. Attenborough portrays billionaire industrialist, John Hammond, creator of a ground-breaking, island theme park. Hammond…

Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Richard Attenborough: 10 Rillington Place

Jarrod Emerson's tribute to Richard Attenborough: Part 3: 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) Sometimes the most gripping stories come straight from fact. Such is the case with this powerful thriller, 10 Rillington Place, from Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). Adapted from the collected writings of journalist Ludovic Kennedy, 10 Rillington Place…

RAT: THE GREAT ESCAPE

RAT: THE GREAT ESCAPE

Jarrod Emerson's Tribute to Richard Attenborough Part 2: THE GREAT ESCAPE  (1963) Based on the personal experience of WWII Veteran, Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape follows a group of POWs imprisoned in Stalag Luft III.  Equipped with a barbed-wire fence, towers, and a full staff of armed guards, it has been declared Germany’s most secure prison…

Journalism: The Value of Institutional Memory

Journalism: The Value of Institutional Memory

WHEN BRIGID MET BILL: PART ONE By FF2 Media Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky In today’s world of increasingly accessible information, with speed appearing to be more valued than accuracy, discernment is still needed … at least according to longtime Chicago Tribune reporter William F. Presecky. “Newspapers need somebody who sorts out information in a faithful, truthful…