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Frank Shirley in Christmas Vacation - 2017 Great Villain Blogathon

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Apr 25, 2017

 Frank Shirley in Christmas Vacation Editor’s note : this piece is a part of the legendary Great Villains Blogathon (2017Edition) and an informal return from my semi-retirement as a film critic. As an avid fan of Christmas in general, my family always watches Christmas Vacati read more

Awards Season They Say...

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Mar 1, 2017

My contribution to the blogosphere has been discreet lately and appart from posting a movie review here and there I haven’t participated in Blogathons or other events. So it was quite a surprise to be nominated for an award. With a bit of surprise and recognition from Barry of Cinematic Cat read more

The Big Short

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Feb 23, 2017

The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015) Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. As Hollywood is telling financing success (see The Wolf Of Wall Street) and c read more

Spotlight

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Feb 1, 2017

Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015) The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. Winner of the Best Picture Oscar and the Best Original Screenplay Oscar read more

The Trip

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Nov 25, 2016

Editor’s note : a big thank you to Olive Films for the promotional copy of this Blu-Ray release of this cult classic. The Trip (Roger Corman, 1967) Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Sus read more

The Monster Of Piedras Blancas

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Nov 22, 2016

The Monster Of Piedras Blancas (Irvin Berwick, 1959) The monster, which looks like a nastier version of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy lighthouse town. The superstitious lighthouse keeper is worried for the safety of his beautiful teenage daughter, so he leaves food for th read more

Remembering Robert Altman

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Nov 14, 2016

All of my films deal with the same thing: striving, socially and culturally, to stay alive. And once any system succeeds, it becomes its own worst enemy. The good things we create soon create bad things. So nothing is ever going to be Utopian, and when I make films like Nashville (1975) and [Buffalo read more

Book Review : The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Nov 4, 2016

Book Review : The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book: 15 Designs to Spread Holiday Cheer by Chris McVeigh (2016, No Starch Press 1st edition) This Christmas, LEGO is moving from under the tree to on the tree! With The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book as your guide, you'll make c read more

Snoopy, Come Home

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 21, 2016

Editor’s note : a big thank you to Paramount Home Media Distribution for the promotional copy of this Blu-Ray release of this animated feature classic. Snoopy, Come Home (Bill Melendez, 1972) Snoopy travels to see his sick former owner and then feels obliged to return to her permane read more

How Green Was My Valley

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 14, 2016

Editor’s note : this review is a translation of one of the first reviews to ever appear on this blog back in 2009. Those were less than a 150 words long and were written immediately after the viewing of each film. This is as aforementioned a translation and a longer edit of this original read more

In A Lonely Place

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 10, 2016

Editor’s note : this review is a translation of one of the first reviews to ever appear on this blog back in 2009. Those were less than a 150 words long and were written immediately after the viewing of each film. This is as aforementioned a translation and a longer edit of this original read more

The Return

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 8, 2016

It’s been a while since I was around dear readers and followers and I must admit having missed you all! Since our last encounters, back in April this year, we however left on a good note with a great film from the French master François Truffaut. Pretty much of my writing was about musi read more

My List of The 21st Century’s Greatest Films

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 6, 2016

So here’s my individual list of the 21st Century’s Greatest Films of BBC’s Culture. In fact, it is if I was asked to do it when they asked many film critics to do this time consuming, hair splitting, gut wrenching exercise. It is fucking hard to try to pick only ten films out of read more

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Sep 2, 2016

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (Stephen Herek, 1991) Five kids are left home when their mother leaves town on a three-month vacation to Australia, only to have their geriatric babysitter die of a heart attack, leading to the eldest teen, Sue Ellen (Christina Applegate), to scam read more

La femme d’à côté

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Apr 25, 2016

La femme d’à côté (François Truffaut, 1981) Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue. In Grenobles, France, Bernard (Gérard Depardieu) lives a happy life with his wife Arlette (Michèle Baumgartner) and son Thomas read more

Grizzly Man

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Apr 15, 2016

Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005) A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. Werner Herzog is a commonly well known name in films, having directed many dozens fi read more

Mother Kusters’ Trip to Heaven

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Apr 12, 2016

Mother Kusters’ Trip to Heaven (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1975) Frau Kusters (Brigitte Mira) is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law read more

Berlin Alexanderplatz – Part I ‘’The Punishment Begins’’

Le Mot du Cinephiliaque Posted by Michael on Mar 16, 2016

(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1980) Adapted from the Alfred Döblin novel of the same name, the short series of 15 ½ hours is an achievement in storytelling and book adaptation. With the boldness of Herr Fassbinder and his fascination for the History of Germany in the first half of the 20th Cent read more
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