Lauren Thinks Something is Fishy with Citizen Hearst
The third flick I went to see at the 2012 HIFF was “Citizen Hearst”. So, I’m sitting in the theatre thinking this is great… well good… but then I begin to wonder “hmmmm is this an ad for the Hearst Publishing Company? . Leslie Iwerks’ new movie “Citizen Hearst” starts off great, with old footage of Hearst, his San Simeon castle lifestyle, and his magazines. But it turns into one big promotion for all current Hearst TV channels and magazines. Academy-award-nominated Iwerks answered audience questions at the end of the flick in East Hampton and revealed that Hearst was a sponsor of her movie. Yup, I knew something was fishy. The best thing about the movie for me was sitting next to the fab China Machado, who was the first women of color featured in the Hearst magazine Harpers Bazaar
William Macy narrates this documentary about the larger-than-life William Randolph Hearst
Lauren Ezersky Goes to the Hamptons International Film Festival
Lauren Ezersky gives high marks to this Israeli film at the Hamptons International Film Festival
One of my favorite things to do all year is attend the Hamptons International Film Festival. I know before i go that I am going to see some extraordinary films. My first movie this season was no exception. “One Day After Peace” It is an Israeli film written and directed by brother and sister Erez and Miri Laufer. It is the moving saga of one woman’s attempt to find the answers to why her son was killed by a sniper while serving in the Israeli Army. Amazingly, mother Robi Damelin hopes to start a dialogue with the shooter so she can come to terms with her loss and have closure. She looks to South Africa, her birth country, to learn how the horror of apartheid was dealt with over the years with the instigation of a program called Truth and Reconciliation. There is amazing footage of some of these actual committee hearings where perpetrators of these violent and murderous acts met the actual family members of those they killed. This amazing and moving story is one of forgiveness in some cases. You get to see the humanity in both the victims’ relatives and the men who actually killed them or gave the orders. I feel if everyone on the planet could see this maybe just maybe there would be less horror in the world. Don’t miss this one.
Theodor Herzl as he appears in the documentary, "This Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl"
Lauren Ezersky reviews a striking new documentary
The new movie “Ii Is No Dream: The Life of Theodore Herzl” is a fascinating tale. Being a devout Jew (not. I am Jewish by heritage, not by religion.), I was so captivated by the story of this man. Herzl was the father of Zionism, but started out as an assimilated Jew who rarely went to synagogue or believed in the tenants of Judaism. He never even had a bar mitzvah but instead had a conformation. The movie, narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, follows Herzl’s early years from an unsuccessful playwright to a successful journalist. Herzl covered the Dreyfus affair—a notorious scandal in France in which a very decorated French army captain was falsely accused of spying for Germany. He witnessed mass rallies in Paris where people chanted “Death to the Jews!” It was this incident that spurred his desire to create a Jewish state where there would be no anti Semitism and Jews could feel free to pray and be themselves.For all you history buffs this one is not to be missed! It also has some great old footage of Europe in the !800′s.
The film contains some great old photos and footage, which shows you the European cities as they used to look. He met with the top leaders of the day including some of the wealthiest Jews of that time—most of whom thought he was nuts. This may be the movie’s main lesson: persistence pays off. For all you history buffs out there, this one is not to be missed.
It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl
Directed by Richard Trank
You've been Trumped is a real life version of "Local Hero"
As I watched “You’ve Been Trumped“, I was absolutely outraged. I kept screaming to my husband, “OMG, I can’t believe it!”
You see, i live near the dunes on Long Island, and I know how precious and ecologically fragile they are. So a crime against dunes anywhere in the world gets my temper up.
Director Anthony Baxter never dreamed that his first feature film would star Donald Trump. The film, “You’ve Been Trumped” is a classic, real-life David and Goliath story. I don’t know if David ultimately wins this one, but Goliath sure comes off looking like a monster and an ass. Sure, people might find Trump’s blustery TV personality and his catch phrase, “You’re fired” amusing, but it’s not so funny when he gets his claws into a town’s resources and way of life.
With an arrogant disregard for nature and local sovereignty, Trump swooped into the environmentally sensitive and oh so beautiful dunes of Northern Scotland to erect and obscenely big playground for the rich and fabulous—a huge hotel, two golf courses, and 1500 time-share condos.
The local Aberdeen council originally rejected Trump’s proposal, but he managed to get the national government to step in and overturn the ruling. Once he got the go-ahead, Trump attempted to seize the land of locals who did not go along with his plans. They were harassed by police and had their water and electricity interrupted.
Fortunately, filmmaker Anthony Baxter was there to document this egregious display of the entitlement of the 1%. Baxter understood the situation because he is a local. He got so involved that he was actually arrested and thrown in jail. Other heroes are local landowners Michael Forbes and Susan Munro and friends and family who turn out to support them.
If you want to know why some of the world calls us “ugly Americans”, this film will provide the answer. “You’ve Been Trumped” is a real-life version of the film “Local Hero”, but without the happy ending.
The film opens in New York on August 3 at the Angelica. The director will be there to answer questions.
The Magic of Belle Isle Reviewed by Lauren Ezersky
Morgan Freeman always gives a stellar performance and in his new flick The Magic of Belle isle he continues the tradition. Playing a crusty alcoholic western novelist who has seen better daze is a great role for him to shine in. He is dumped by his nephew in a picturesque lakeside cabin and befriends the family next door. Virginia Madsen plays an attractive about to be divorced gal with three young daughters.Well you can guess the rest. Everybody changes for the better because of him and his influence on the town, He becomes a mentor to one of his neighbors daughters Finnegan (Emma Furman). Even the towns emotionally slow young man is affected when he becomes Monte’s sidekick. Its a bit sappy and sweet but still moving in a good and emotional way. Look out for one of my fave characters
Ringo the dog! His interaction with Monte(Morgan Freeman) is the most fun.
Aksel Henne stars as Roger, a charming badass who lives a life of glamor and luxury way beyond his pay grade as an accomplished headhunter in Norway. Unknown to all, he is an
The cast is led by Aksel Hennie, one of the most popular actors in Norway, as Roger Brown
art thief on the side. His wife, played by former model Synnøve Macody Lund is a stunning gallery owner who introduces him to gorgeous Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who owns a Rubens painting that Roger risks everything to steal. In the process he becomes a hunted man.
Directed by Morten Tyldum from a book by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is a crazy romp with thrills by the minute. Word is that it will be remade by some famous American director starring some famous American movie star. Heaven help us. Go see the original please.