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Berlinale 2012 Review - "Leave It on The Floor" Musical Explores 'Vogue Ballroom' Underground Culture in L.A.

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • February 20, 2012 7:35 PM
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As Tambay noted in two previous review posts (Call Me Kuchu and Indignados + Espoir Voyage), S&A reader Denise VanDeCruze (The Mic Movement - Amplifying Art In Berlin & Beyond), currently at the Berlinale Film Festival, is back with another review write-up to share with us!

Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 10, 2012 1:16 PM
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  • 4 Comments
I posted this earlier in the week after I attended a screening of it; figured I'd post again today, since the film is now officially in general release:
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Review - "Safe House" (Solid Technical Work Spoiled By Lack Of Originality & Utter Predictability)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2012 5:46 PM
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You’ve seen it all before in one form or another, in pieces or as a whole; rogue government operative (who “tested off the charts” of course) carrying secrets that could end the careers of many of his comrades still working within (or I should say manipulating) the system (CIA, FBI, MI6, La-Di-Dah, Dum-Di-Dum); naturally he’s a wanted man – ideally, they’d prefer his rotting carcass hand delivered to them, but they’ll take him however they can get him.
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Review - "Dreams Of A Life" (A Harrowing Reconstruction Of A Life From Collected Fragments)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 7, 2012 5:35 PM
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By now I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story, even if it’s just the broad details of it – young woman dies in her apartment and her body isn’t discovered for a good 3 years, as it lay there putrefying – which actually sounds like it could be a pitch for a fictional narrative, but actually is very real.
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Review: "Splinters"; Adam Pesce's Riveting Documentary On Life (And Surfing) In Papua New Guinea, Screening At Cinema Village In NYC (FRI, 2/3/12)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • February 1, 2012 9:26 AM
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When I first wrote about director Adam Pesce's Papua New Guniea-set documentary Splinters last year, I hadn't yet seen it.  And despite Pesce's assertion that he "never set out to make a 'surf movie'", that's pretty much what I was expecting when I finally got a chance to view the film.  What I actually saw as I watched the film was pleasantly unexpected.
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Sundance 2012 Review - "Slavery By Another Name" (A Powerful & Eye-Opening Account Of *Lost* American History)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 28, 2012 11:28 AM
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Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name challenges the assumptions that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

Sundance 2012 Review - "2 Days In New York" (Familiar But Still Engaging)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 25, 2012 4:30 PM
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This will be a quick and painless one; I arrived back in NYC (from Sundance) this morning and I've been caught up in a whirlwind of work to do; I'm also having trouble keeping my eyes open after that marathon 5-day business trip to the festival.

Sundance 2012 Review - "Red Hook Summer" (An Attempt To Make Sense Of Spike Lee's Trip To Wonderland)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 24, 2012 9:17 AM
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I agonized over this for awhile, and actually almost decided not to even write anything about the film; but I eventually reached a compromise.

Sundance 2012 Review - "Middle Of Nowhere" (aka "Nothing But A Woman")

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 4:14 PM
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It's an unfortunate testament of the time we live in when a film that takes an adult, mature, sincere, if realistic look at relationships between black men and black women could be viewed as dare I say radical.

Sundance 2012 Review - "An Oversimplification Of her Beauty" (A Complex Exploration Of The Dance Between Id, Ego & Super Ego)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2012 1:12 PM
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They say that there's something of every artist in the work they create, whether a conscious decision or not; and the act of creating with the intent to surrender your creation (and in essence a piece of yourself) to a potentially scrutinizing audience, requires some degree of courage on the part of the artist; but I would further say that it takes a certain amount and kind of bravery to intentionally insert oneself (both literally and figuratively) completely naked (physically and emotionally) into one's work, and then publicly present the completed work to not only family, friends and acquaintances, but also perfect strangers.