Tag: Joan Ellis

Scene On Film: ‘Emperor’

By Joan Ellis Is there a time or a place more compelling than Japan in 1945? The Japanese had surrendered four years after bombing Pearl Harbor. Hiroshima and Nagasaki lay not...

March 15, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013’

By Joan Ellis Have you rushed to your nearest theater to see Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013? Of course not. It’s a given for all of us that a flawed distribution...

March 8, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Side Effects’

By Joan Ellis Side Effects plays games with us. Steven Soderbergh knows well that audiences love to figure out the director’s game plan and with that done, to identify the...

March 1, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: Oscars 2013

By Joan Ellis Oscar night is great fun without a dominating blockbuster. Given a wide spread of good movies and strong performances in 2012, I’ll have some fun writing about my...

February 22, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By Joan Ellis Zero Dark Thirty has become a current event. Who but director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal would have tackled the daunting challenge of filming the hunt...

February 15, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Quartet’

By Joan Ellis How often do you see a nearly perfect movie? Quartet is just that. First credit goes to Dustin Hoffman who exploded into our movie lives 46 years...

February 8, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Django Unchained’

By Joan Ellis Pulp Fiction was an exciting innovation; Inglourious Basterds was a masterpiece. But hasn’t Quentin Tarantino crossed the line in Django Unchained (wonderful title) by targeting American slaves with his love...

February 1, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Promised Land’

By Joan Ellis “Promised Land” jumps enthusiastically into the national debate about hydrau­lic fracturing. To their credit, writers Matt Damon and John Krazinski have tried to show both sides of...

January 18, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’

By Joan Ellis Hyde Park on Hud­son is an unexpected pleasure. Despite the extraordinary tension be­tween England and America in 1939, director Roger Michell focuses instead on the ways Roosevelt...

January 11, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Amour’

By Joan Ellis   Amour has arrived on a wave of superlatives. Critics, who I suspect may be quite young, have hailed it as a masterful love story and an...

January 4, 2013 | comments

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