Unpopular Opinion, II: Grand Budapest Hotel

By Ethan Sapienza Wes Anderson is a hero for many at NYU, a gifted genius who can do no wrong. Uttering some kind of criticism of his work is worthy of social exile or academic expulsion. I speak in hyperbole, but it’s not that exaggerated. It’s unprecedented how much my peers adore his work, and…

“Girl on the Edge” at NYCIFF sends a powerful message about healing

By Daria Butler The impact of personal demons and the healing power of friendship are at the heart of the drama “Girl On the Edge”, which is to have it’s New York East Coast premiere screening at the NYC Independent Film Festival this Friday. Based on the true story of director Jay Silverman’s own daughter,…

Save Ferris, I: A Look Back at Ferris Bueller

By Michael Andrew Dellapi If you’re reading this right now, congratulations! You happened upon the first ever edition of “Save Ferris,” a column concerned with eighties movies and absolutely nothing else as far as I know. From the cringeworthy to the commendable, we’re going to look at all the films of the decade that made…

Mads Mikkelsen gets humorous in “Men & Chicken”

By Min-Wei Lee Via Twitch Film Mads Mikkelsen, of “Hannibal” and “Casino Royale” fame, joins Danish writer and director Anders Thomas Jensen (“Adam’s Apples,” “The Green Butchers”) in “Men & Chicken,” a refreshing black comedy that casts the actor in a role so far removed from his characteristic performances that his very presence on screen…

Disappointing new release by famed French director Ozon

By Tony Schwab Despite his popularity in France, Director Francois Ozon has had trouble catching on in the U.S. because critics feel that he is too odd or edgy for American audiences. However, in Ozon’s latest film “The New Girlfriend,” his main fault is that he is too plain. The movie opens as Laura (Isild…

“El Critico” Parodies Film Critics

by Audrey Deng from Vimeo Opening in black-and-white, film critic Victor Tellez announces, in French, that he is dying a death that will last 40 years. The culprit: “maladie du cinema.” Victor (played by Raphael Spregulburd) is an acerbic film critic of Buenos Aires who thinks in French but speaks in Spanish. He roams the…

Tribeca 2015, Entry #3: “Viaje”

By Sidney Butler “Viaje,” which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is the story of Luciana (Kattia González) and Pedro (Fernando Bolaños), two young adults who spontaneously meet at a party and embark on a journey together into the lush wilderness where they challenge the idea of love, obligations, and relationship norms. Timelessness and…

Tribeca 2015, Entry #2: “Tenured”

By Sidney Butler “Tenured” which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is the joint project of director Chris Modoono and actor Gil Zabarsky (who stars as Ethan), two NYU alums that found their love for comedy and collaboration at NYU’s Stonestreet Studios. Developed from the 2012 Tribeca Short “Teacher of the Year,” “Tenured” is…

Unpopular Opinion (Film): “The Wolf of Wall Street”

By Ethan Sapienza On numerous occasions, I have read a book and thought, “Nothing needs to be changed, this can be made into a movie just the way it is.” The notion is a simple one: take a book and translate it into a script word-for-word (disclaimer: I know next to nothing about scriptwriting). Would…

Unpopular Opinion (Film): “Shutter Island”

By Ethan Sapienza I’ll admit I was excited when I first heard about “Shutter Island.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese working together again, making a gritty psychological thriller about a troubled US Marshall investigating both his wife’s murderer and the malpractices of an insane asylum. The film was rich with potential: DiCaprio’s utterly captivating and…

Unpopular Opinion (Film): “Silver Linings Playbook”

By Ethan Sapienza If Andy Tennant (“Fools Gold,” “Hitch”) had directed “Silver Linings Playbook” starring Matthew McConaughey (circa 2006) and Katherine Heigl, would the film have been received so well? Would it have made so many Top Ten lists? Would it have received eight (eight…? EIGHT?!?!?) Academy Award nominations? Please, reader, imagine the film with…

Hugh Grant, Marc Lawrence discuss “The Rewrite”

By Jordan Scott   Actors Hugh Grant (“Love Actually”), Chris Elliott (“Groundhog Day”), and director Marc Lawrence (“Miss Congeniality”) sat down for a press conference to discuss their new comedy, “The Rewrite.” The film is not the typical Hugh Grant rom-com. Rather, it focuses on the love story between a has-been screenwriter turned professor and…