The wild-haired Jewish comedian and actor Professor Irwin Corey is known onstage as “The World’s Foremost Authority,” and over his long career he’s been an inspiration to the likes of Lenny Bruce. Corey, (bli ayin hara) is about to turn the big one-oh-oh, and the Actor’s Temple is throwing him a centennial celebration. All are welcome to this dairy potluck with comedy, a look back into Corey’s career and perhaps a few special guests.
"Philomena" may be the come-from-behind winner in Sunday night’s Academy Awards presentations. The outstanding film –based on a true story -- about an Irish Catholic woman searching for the son she was forced to give up as a teenager when she was sent to a convent has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Film.
At one point in “Crazy Glue,” a short film by Elizabeth Orne, a young wife who has been involved in an extramarital affair returns home to find that her husband has crazy glued every movable object in their small apartment. The chairs won’t budge, the receiver will not lift off the phone, the fridge won’t open. When she looks up, she finds that her husband has even glued himself to the ceiling, hanging down, waiting for her to return to him.
A new documentary with the unlikely title “Blinky and Me” may be the best answer yet to the thorny question of how to teach younger children about the Holocaust. The film focuses on the life of Yoram Gross, a prominent director of animated films, first in Israel then in Australia, where he lives and works today. When he was a boy, the Nazi invasion sent his well-to-do family into hiding, dispersing his parents and siblings from Krakow to Russia and the four corners of occupied Poland.
A rabbi and a pornographer walk into a coffee shop. Insert your own crude punch line here.
That’s essentially the plot of “Your Good Friend,” a feature film/mockumentary directed by Matthew Jacobs. The film, which is still on the festival circuit and looking for a distributor, stars and is co-written by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, a prominent Reform leader and author of over a dozen books on mysticism including the novel, “Kabbalah: a Love Story.”
Until I was 10 or 11 years old, I didn’t realize you had to pay to go to the movies. That’s because our family didn’t.
As one of the perks of being a rabbi in a small town, my dad had a clergy pass for the family, allowing us to go to any of the three movie theaters in Annapolis, Md., any time. And since there wasn’t much for a kid to do in town in those days, I went often, seeing each of the movies playing at least once, and sometimes twice. Often with my brother or my friend, Michael, the son of the cantor, since his family, too, had a clergy pass.
Dan Janvey, a 28-year-old New Yorker and producer of the film sensation of the summer, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” was part of a team that spent three and a half years making the movie in southern Louisiana for less than $1.5 million, astoundingly low in today’s world of movie making. What’s more, it stars two people with no professional acting experience – a captivating five-year-old girl and, playing her father, a local Louisiana baker who had to be persuaded to take the role.
The Six-Day War in 1967 was a brilliant military victory, a turning point in Israel’s history. Similar glory by Americans on the battlefield no doubt would have led to the production of a half-dozen films with John Wayne single-handedly wiping out the Arab armies.
Yet the Israeli film industry has never made a feature on the ‘67 war. Now two American producers are coming forward to remedy the omission.
Pierre Sauvage has focused as a filmmaker on Jewish subjects. He owes his life to the good people of Le Chambon, France, who saved him as a child, along with many others, during the Holocaust. His 1989 film, Weapons of the Spirit, documents their story.