Must See Movie of the Week

Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

August 18, 2013 4 Comments

“A Streetcar Named Disaster” Woody Allen’s newest installment “Blue Jasmine” was the focus of a Reel Deal discussion on Sunday, August 18th at the welcoming Maple Theater.  Those who attended were able to screen the film at the 2pm matinee and then join in a brief, but lively discussion right in the theater. There seemed […]

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

August 11, 2013 No Comments

The Detroit Film Theater was filled with an eerie  silence during the screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary film:  The Act of Killing. To call this film “remarkable” or “riveting”  or “disturbing”  fails to capture the experience of the movie and CERTAINLY of the subject matter itself.  Oppenheimer has spent a decade exploring the 1965  military […]

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

August 3, 2013 No Comments

As psychotherapists, we are not surprised that moments deemed “mundane ” are often filled with surprising relevance. Jem Cohen’s miraculous film “Museum Hours” quietly reminds us that such moments can be masterpieces. It is hard to verbally describe a film that communicates its essence  so visually.  The story is “simple”:  Johann is a  60 -ish […]

First Comes Love

First Comes Love

July 29, 2013 No Comments

Question:  When is a  documentary film a poignant self portrait?  When is it a  self absorbed snoozer? Answer:  It depends. Nina Davenport’s new film “First Comes Love”  which will premier this week on HBO (along with her earlier film “Always A Bridesmaid”) is an up front-in your face exploration of a 40 year old professional(Davenport […]

Must See (not a) Movie of the Week: This Is Not a Film

Must See (not a) Movie of the Week: This Is Not a Film

July 15, 2013 5 Comments

Many wanna-be directors are dying to make a movie.  How many would die for the movie they made? Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The Mirror, The White Balloon, Crimson Gold, Offsides) was arrested in 2010  during a shoot of his latests film by the Iranian government, imprisoned for three months and then banned from making films, […]

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

July 4, 2013 No Comments

I have no doubt that Shakespeare would have been a Buffy fan. (Of course, I am referring to Josh Whedon’s  hit television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran for many seasons, creating competent spinoffs).  The presence  of strong, witty female characters in his plays written at a time when women weren’t even allowed onstage […]

Before Midnight

Before Midnight

June 23, 2013 1 Comment

On Sunday, June 23 The Reel Deal hosted a screening and discussion of Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight” at the Royal Oak Main Theatre.  The film is the third installment of his walking and talking love trilogy, which began with “Before Sunrise” (1995)   picked up again nine years later with “Before Sunset” (2004) and now culminates […]

War Witch

War Witch

June 16, 2013 No Comments

What’s in a name? Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen’s gripping and beautiful movie of a young girl’s nightmare experience within an African rebel army is titled “War Witch” and this concerns me.  Audiences may dismiss it as they connect it with “War Horse” or “Witches of Eastwick” or some other off point combo.  The French title […]

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

June 3, 2013 4 Comments

Stories We Tell is director Sarah Polley’s gripping exploration  of her own past and of the way we all seek to tell/find our own stories. This amazing film, created in documentary style, with super 8  hisorical video from Polley’s own childhood, is blended creatively with re-enactments and carefully edited interviews with family members.  Polley’s gift […]

Frances Ha

Frances Ha

May 26, 2013 1 Comment

Frances Ha is a remarkable film about an (ostensibly) unremarkable young woman literally attempting to dance her way into the cold, hard adult world. Of course, this “unremarkable” young woman (Frances) is the fetchingly mesmorizing Greta Gerwig.    Her beckoning world (created by director Noah Baumbach) is New York, shot by Baumbach in black and […]

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