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    'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review Round-Up for 'Soprano' Creator David Chase's Film Debut

    "Sopranos"-creator David Chase had his feature directorial debut "Not Fade Away" October 4 at NYFF, to mostly positive response from the early reviewers (catalogued below). Rather than chronicle the rise and fall of successful rock group, "Not Fade Away" tells the story of a band that didn't quite ...

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    HIFF Review: 'The Girl' Creates Dark Hitchcockian Mood, But At The Cost Of Virtually Everything Else

    Like with the two competing Snow White movies earlier this year, Hollywood finds itself in the midst of battling Alfred Hitchcock pseudo-biographies this fall; each detailing the production of one of the master director's seminal films and his relationship with that film's comely leading lad...

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    Hamptons Film Fest Review: 'Sparrows Dance' A Simple Story Delivered With Affecting Charm

    The synopsis for "Sparrow's Dance," the new pocket-sized film from writer/director Noah Buschel, makes it literally sound like the most boring movies ever forged. It's about an unnamed agoraphobic woman (Marin Ireland, most notably from TV shows like "Homeland" and "The Killing"), who struggles with...

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    Review: 'Fat Kid Rules The World' A Modestly Affecting Directorial Debut For Matthew Lillard

    Some actors-turned-directors jump out of the box fully-formed, fully utilizing a learned bag of tricks to properly convey their show business experience, to tell a story that burns inside of them. And some, lacking real vision, just want to take a shot at something new. It appears Matthew Lillard is...

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    VIFF Review: Brazilian 'Neighbouring Sounds' Is A Film For People Watchers

    We lovers of cinema are nosy little bastards. It is the medium for the voyeur. We like to watch, truly a “race of Peeping Toms” as “Rear Window” taught us. The Brazilian film “Neighbouring Sounds” is kinda like that Hitchcock masterpiece, in a way. It’s all about observing. It’s the audience and the...

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    David Chase and Cast Talk 'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review and Press Conference

    At the New York Film Festival screening of David Chase's marvelous first feature "Not Fade Away," I felt my spirits lift a little higher with each scene until, by the time the band finally performed an original song for the first time, I was soaring, the way you're supposed to do when you forget you...

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    NYFF Review: 'Memories Look At Me' A Comforting, Modest Micro Indie

    Song Fang's "Memories Look At Me" is a tough one: while the filmmaker's debut is a lovely, pleasant experience, it's extremely difficult to make the movie sound at all appealing. A large percentage of it takes place in a single apartment, with each dialogue-heavy scene generally composed of a single...

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    NYFF Review: Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Are Fleeting & Familiar In David Chase's Uneven 'Not Fade Away'

    For a film that’s ostensibly set to the vibrant pulse of early ‘60s rock 'n' roll and blues -- The Rolling Stones, the early Beatles, Bo Diddley, etc. -- David Chase’s directorial debut, “Not Fade Away,” sure has a curious, circuitous and eventually long-winded tempo. Set in 1964, just a few months ...

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    Review: 'Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You' Proves Its Title Wrong

    The displeasure one feels in watching, or simply enduring, the indie dramedy "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You" is directly proportional to how throughly selfish and unsympathetic the lead character James truly is. When we're first introduced to the misanthrope, he's on the roof of his home i...

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    Review: James Bond Doc ‘Everything Or Nothing’ Is A Fascinating, In-Depth Look At The Ups & Downs Of The Iconic Super-Spy

    This year James Bond, the dapper British super-spy with a taste for violence and sex, turns 50, and in celebration of this momentous achievement a new deluxe Blu-ray box set is being released, a new film premieres in theaters this fall (“Skyfall” from “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes) and a new...

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