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The Film Festival Master Class Phenomenon or how the festivals get big stars to visit them

By  Alex Deleon, flying film cynic   As far as VIP visitors are concerned, some pretty big names can turn up in some pretty peculiar places, as long as their schedules permit, the deal is made sweet (for example by offering a “Lifetime Career Award”), and the destination in question happens to be a spot on the planet which the celebrity in question may be interested in seeing, just for the helluvit.    So, for example, Harvey Keitel turns up i...

Casablanca. Revisited, with revisionist sequel... Here's Looking At You, Kid!

It's still the same old story ... Casablanca.     The story of a hot love affair with  badly crossed wires. Rick Blaine,  an American  adventurer  (H. Bogart) is hanging out in Paris after the Spanish Civil war and carrying on a hot and heavy love affair with Lisa, a central European refugee from the German occupation of her country. She is a stunning beauty. (Ingrid Bergman). When the Germans blitz France out of action , Rick and Lisa agree to mee...

"Don't stir my Martini, Just shake it a little" Sean Connery, 1930 - 2020 a Fond Farewell

By Alex Deleon                 Some actors never die, they just pass away to a higher realm.             The ultimate incarnation of James Bond, double 0'Seven, has cashed in his chips here down below, but in cinema heaven he will reign forever as the coolest of the cool with a License to Kill, but only bad guys, which he did flawlessly in half a dozen of the best romantic action films ever made. Several other ac...

Social Distancing in Action!

Staying safe at the movie with Spielberg. ...

Battle of a Soldier A confinement review

By Alex Deleon Just watched one of the greatest of all Russian films -- On Russian TV, One of the very best. Ballad of a Soldier.  World War II. Black and white masterpiece. I saw it only when it first came out in 1959 But it made such a tremendous impression on me that still remembered many scenes all these years later.     Years later in Manila  I was at the same dinner table with director Grigori Bondarchuk and we  had a fine conversation -- that was 1983,...

The paralytic Parasitic Oscar results: it seems that I was the only film critic in captivity not totally enthralled by Parasite

By Alex Deleon I just thought it was mostly boring with a  tacked on violent ending to relieve  the preceding two hours of tedium.  With crashingly Uninteresting characters all around in an achingly Uninteresting picture.  But maybe I was being too critical because I was basing my lack of interest  on my direct experience with Koreans having spent a good portion of seven years in Seoul where the picture was filmed. Among far far far far far Better foreign language p...

Best Ten of 2019 and a few of the Worst

By Alex Deleon. <filmfestivals.com> 1. SYSTEM CRASHER, director, Nora Fingscheidt, (Germany) Starring ten year old Helena Zengel, as an uncontrollable child   My own Best actress of the year as well. An amazing new talent.                        2.  JOKER, directed by  Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix in an astounding interpretation of the troubled  clown who would later be...

Preview of a new Armenian Film

 By Alex Delonian, Yerevan A major Armenian film centering on the work of one of. the major Armenian painters of the XX <x-apple-data-detectors://2> . Century, Martiros Sarian (1880-1972) is now in preparation. Veteran director David Safarian, 68, states that his purpose is to make the name of an artist who is well know in Armenia and Russia,  but barely known beyond his home territory, better known to the world at large. An artist whose wo...

A film Festival Odyssey by Alex Deleon: Enliven Your Holidays ~~ with some festival bliss reading

by Filmfestivals.com Veteran festival Correspondent, Alex Deleon The highly Entertaining autobiography of a film critic. Few people are as outspoken (in print or in real life) as the author, Alex Deleon. This is reflected in the book at hand, which constitutes Alex Deleon's adventures as a film critic on the film festival circuit. It is far from politically correct and avoids the usual film critic's jargon meandering in plain talk between societal criticism and sophisticated...

Twentieth edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival set to launch a weeklong run on December 1

by Alex Deleon This is a big year for Georgia with the twentieth edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival set to launch a weeklong run on December 1. As usual a selection of classic and new Georgian cinema will  be shown as well as a country focus on British filmmakers in addition to works from the rest of the world in this anniversary edition  England being the Country in Focus this year the opening film will be a restored copy of the rarely seen partially-silent partiall...

Joaquin's Joker is really Wild

JOKER's Triumph at Venice 76 By Alex Deleon   Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker Outfit -- and can he shake a leg! There have been some pretty strong Jokers in the past, notably Jack Nicholson for Tim Burton in 1989 and Aussie actor Heath Ledger nearly 20 years later in 2008's "The Dark Knight" by Christopher Nolan but all Joker predecessors pale by comparison to J.Ps current interpretation which makes the Joker far more than a two dimensional Comic book clown and tu...

Joker on Imdb has 2,946 Reviews: Alex strikes a second Joker review

      By Alex Deleon . With 2,946 user reviews already published within days of the release of Joker, almost all 10 star raves calling it a Masterpiece,  best film ever made, a great comic book film, and highly influenced by Scorcese, I feel compelled to respond to this avalanche of hyperbolic enthusiasm with a followup to my own earlier review. That relatively sober review was one of the first published immediately after the world premiere of Joker in Venice a little over ...

The Day The Earth Stood Still: a Retro Review by Alex Deleon

The Day The Earth Stood Still 1951, Directed by Robert Wise Twentieth Century Fox, 92 minutes by  Alex Deleon                             <<A savior from outer space lands and tells the people of Earth that they must learn to live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets>>   "TDTESS", a black and white film from 1951, is still the best alien visitation SciFi film ever ...

76th Venice Film Festival Overview in images

By Alex Deleon         Catherine Deneuve and curvaceous Binoche opened the show                      Scarlett and Brad, pretty faces on Day No. two    The Carabinieri were there to keep the peace (and check all bags)   ...

Venice Friday, Day 3, pretty faces from Hollywood and a Masterpiece from Polanski.

By Alex on the Lido   J’ACCUSE (AN OFFICER AND A SPY) by Roman Polanski press conference and photocall, Polanski not attending. Photos Credit Mostra   ...

76th Venice Festival Opens on an Uppity Note

"French actors Catherine Deneuve (l) and French Juliette Binoche and a glittering array of A-listers swept up the red carpet as the Venice film festival opened in a flurry of celebrity Wednesday. The festival, which has become the launchpad for the Oscar race, has a host of Hollywood heavyweights in a line-up including Brad Pitt, Johnny Dope, Kristen Stewart, Meryl Strope and Scarlett Johansson. But as stars arrived for the gala launch, the world's oldest film festival was already emb...

JAPÓN at Yerevan 2019 Golden Apricot Film Festival - 2002 Digitally restored

By Alex Deleon: viewed on the very last day of the 2019 Golden Apricot Film Festival Hunters with shotguns in a mezcal desert.   No main title for about fifteen minutes. Trudging man with backpack and cane is looking fot a certain village at the bottom of a deep ravine in this rocky mountainous country.  The village of Ata ...  referred to as a godforsaken place.  Finally, the main title appears about fifteen minutes into the film, them a long dark ta...

Farewells (Pożegnania), viewed at the 2019 Yerevan film festival.

By Alex Deleon In 1958 director Wojciech Has was only 32. years of age and Pożegnania (Farewells) was only his second feature after Pętla (The Noose) . Yet the film displays amazing maturity in the handling of the actors and everything else.  If Has can be seen as the Orson Welles of Polish cinema then Wajda is more like a Cecil B. Mille if a comparison is to be made between masters. The flirtation scenes between Janczar and Wachowiak in the early part of the film are exquisite -...

Polish actor Jan Nowicki star guest in Yerevan

by Alex Deleon-Pewny   Jan Nowicki, a major Polish actor of stage and screen  since 1966, was the trophy guest star of the 2019 Yerevan film festival.  Mr. Nowicki was here to introduce his most famous film, The Hourglass Sanatorium  (Sanatorium pod klepsydrą) 1973, a vast symbolic epic directed by Wojciech Has. On this occasion Nowicki was presented with a special career award. Nowicki, wearing a fireman's helmet for large portions of this film, is one of the ...

Dazzling PHOTONS at Yerevan

By Alex Deleon   PHOTON Photon is an extremely demanding (Intellectually) new Polish film about astrophysics, quantum theory, the evolution of molecular biology, the development of the brain, and finally a long term forecast of the future of mankind which reaches into the stages of large scale intersolar and intergalactic energy harvesting as propounded by physicist and futurologist Michio Kaku.  I enjoyed it thoroughly because these are all fields in which I have a depth backgtou...

Polish Surrealist Masterpiece resurrected at Yerevan Sanatorium under the Hourglass by Wojciech Has

By Alex Deleon, www.filmfestivals.com Jan Nowicki in "Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą" ...

Day three at Golden Apricot Festival in Yerevan

Armenian French actor/Director Serge Avedikian introducing new french documentary on French artists of Armenian background   Finally a good day -- three very good films so far and another, a Secret screening coming up.  The one that just finished was a tremendous French documentary about Armenian artists, film , dance, and musicians, born and raised in France but searching for their Armenian identify and heritage through art. Long interview with Serge Avedikian and both of his sons...

16th Golden Apricot Film Festival, Yerevan

              By Alex Deleon-Farba for  filmfestivals.com     The Yerevan Film Festival, officially known as the Golden Apricot Film Festival (GAIFF) is now a bustling teenager and will open its sixteenth edition on Sunday, July 7, at the venerable Kino Moskva (Moscow Cinema) on Charles Aznavour Square in the heart of the Armenian capitol.     The international full-length feature lineup  consist...

Is it a boy, a girl ? No it's a book ! whatever... its divine

Alex Deleon has a great news to share: the birth of his latest book, a fest traveller's odyssey... "Witty, bold and ferocious, extremely well documented ...take a walk on the wild side of festivals...and enjoy the experience and the learning from Alex Deleon: a man with many hats and a festival head. !" Bruno Chatelin Filmfestivals.com  Contact Publisher, Sam Sloan by email.  samsloan@gmail.com book reference: The ISBN number is 4-87187-051-0 ...

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