No Flight From Right

Not an avid movie-goer, I saw a very good movie the other day – “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington.

Denzel Washington: His current role teaches an important lesson

Growing Up At The Movies

08/06/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

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.

Gary Rosenblatt

Hold The Bagels: Two Jews Schmeer ‘Battleship’

05/28/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

Roper and Ebert, they’re not, but John and Joan Schwartz have some strong opinions about the latest movies they’d like to share.

“ ‘Battleship’ sucked,” and the recent action movie flop based on a board game may be the worst movie they have ever seen.

Still, it gets one and-a-half-bagels out of sheer generosity.

That’s one of the few times they agree, said Joan, who said Terrence Malick’s 2011 Oscar-nominated “Tree of Life” was a “masterpiece” while John hated it.

Everyone’s a critic: John and Joan Schwartz rate the latest movies on their blog via a bagel system.

Seeking Justice For Deborah

Jewish filmmaker and Jewish lawyer take on the case of an abused woman unfairly imprisoned in California.
06/27/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We pray the words every day, but they probably don’t register: “matir asurim,” who frees the captive. Perhaps they are too familiar, our recitation too rote. But the commandment, like the instruction to seek justice, is one of the essentials of Jewish thought and life.

Joshua Safran, left and Nadia Costa, right, meet with Peagler to take up her cause.

Paul Giamatti Goes Jewish: "Barney's Version," A Preview

On December 17, the effortlessly morose Paul Giamatti stars as the effortlessly morose fictional character Barney Panofsky.  The creation of celebrated Canadian author Mordecai Richler, Panofsky is the politically incorrect central character that suffers from Alzheimer's in Richler's comic and touching novel "Barney's Version" (1997).

Hitler, The Film

Hans-Jurgen Syberberg plumbs the German character, and film history, across more than seven hours in ‘Hitler: A Film from Germany.’
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The 1970s was the age of heroic avant-gardism, a period of out-sized works — the lengthy “operas” of Robert Wilson, the monumental portraits of Chuck Close, Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow,” William Gaddis’ “J.R.” It was a time of omnivorous works that strove to include the entire world — self-referential, bombastic, difficult endurance tests fueled by a frequently thrilling blend of audacity, encyclopedic knowledge and testosterone — nowhere more so than in film, and nowhere in film more than in the films of Hans-J

A German child holds a Hitler puppet in Hans-Jurgen Syberberg’s “Hitler: A Film From Germany.”
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