Must See Movie of the Week

Night of the Hunter

Night of the Hunter

September 21, 2014 No Comments

Sunday, October 26 (1-3pm)  marks the 2014 premier of the Reel Deal Film Series! This year’s event is special.  Elliot Wilhelm, the curator of the Detroit Film Theater, will occupy the director’s chair and provide discussion and clip analysis of this provocative (and timely) film.  The film is also the subject of urban legend.  Charles […]

Boyhood

Boyhood

August 10, 2014 No Comments

On Sunday, August 10, the Reel Deal sponsored and led a discussion of Richard Linklater’s phenomenal new epic “Boyhood.”  The audience who gathered at the Royal Oak Main Theater to experience this unique film had the opportunity to discuss it before re-joining the “real world.” Nearly three hours long, the film follows the lives of […]

Life Itself

Life Itself

July 13, 2014 4 Comments

Spoiler Alert:  This is NOT  an attempt at an “objective” dissection of Steve Jame’s bio-documentary film “Life Itself”  which focuses on the career of Roger Ebert, shot in the final five months of his battle with cancer, before his death in 2013.  It is an invitation to re -experience the passion for movies that he […]

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

June 29, 2014 No Comments

Stuck in the recently arrived summer doldrums?  Tired of 3D extravaganzas and sequels? The Lego Movie has just been released on DVD and is currently available on Comcast On Demand.  And it is AWESOME. The praise heaped upon this inventive movie is no secret, but if you missed it on the big screen (like I […]

A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film

June 10, 2014 No Comments

Haunting. Poetic. Mesmerizing. Brilliant.  Intimate. Mark Cousin’s remarkable cine- essay captures the essence of childhood as viewed through the lenses of 53 filmmakers from 23 countries.  The film circulated successfully through the film festival circuit last year  and was featured last weekend at the Detroit Cinetopia festival.  If you missed it, don’t worry, but don’t […]

Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter

May 8, 2014 No Comments

First:  It is not to late to join “Marriage and the Movies” through Coursera. The lectures provided by film theorist Jeanine Basinger have provided wonderful opportunities to explore a wide range of topics centered (of course) around her “I Do, I Don’t” approach to Hollywood’s love affair with love and marriage. This week’s selection is […]

Noah

Noah

April 6, 2014 No Comments

When director Darren Aronofsky( Pi, The Wrestler and Black Swan) chose  the familiar biblical apocalyptic tale of Noah and the Ark  for his next film, many thought it was some kind of prank.  Controversy has followed the filming, production and premiers with much skepticism (and even some gnashing of teeth) regarding the purpose of such […]

Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel

March 23, 2014 5 Comments

“And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capped towers,  the gorgeous palaces The solemn temples, the great globe itself– Yes, all which it inherit–shall dissolve, And like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind.  We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a […]

Frozen

Frozen

March 9, 2014 6 Comments

Let it Go! I had no intention of seeing this film.  I am not a big fan of Pixar (with a few exceptions such as “UP”) and don’t need to explore the tale of one more Disney Princess.  Still, as a therapist, I kept hearing about this film.  Over and over.  I finally saw it […]

Her

Her

February 3, 2014 2 Comments

Spike Jonze has conjured up a heartfelt and intriguing cyber response to the question:  what makes a relationship worth the risk? Her is a compelling film that might have been a one-trick pony in the hands of another director:  lonely guy Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix)  meets internet OS( given voice by Scarlett Johanson) designed to evolve […]

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