Now on break from college, I have a chance to catch up on a few reviews.


Mike Nichols, Director of stage and screen, Dead At 83

Mike Nichols,  Dead At 83

You might not know the name Mike Nichols, but you certainly know his work. The director of “The Graduate,” one of my all-time favorite films, a former Second City member, and the director of seemingly every great broadway play throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Nichols was a legend. He’s the guy people like Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman) turn to for help, and is idolized of people like Adam McKay (Anchorman, Stepbrothers) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle). With his passing, we loose one of the greatest directors of all time. RIP.


Blue is the Warmest Color

I finally saw “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” I was unable to see it upon its release due to its NC-17 rating. Finally, nearly a year-and-a-half after it took home the Palme d’Or at Cannes, I sat myself down for to watch the 3 hour long romantic epic in French. 

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Blue is the Warmest Color.

Guardians of the Galaxy

With the virtually universal success that occurs every time a Marvel comic is made into a blockbuster film, no one should surprised when Hollywood reaches-out to some of their lesser known works. Odds are pretty good, if you don’t spend your Saturday nights hanging-out at a comic book store, you never heard of the “Guardians of the Galaxy “- well that’s about to change.

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Guardians of the Galaxy.

Searching for Sugar Man

I am heart-sick over the news that Malik Bendjelloul, the director whose documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” won an academy award last year, has killed himself. The Swedish film director was just 36 years old and left behind a grieving family that called him a man who “chased the world for stories to tell.”
“Searching for Sugar Man” won major awards from the Oscars to the writers guilds, as well as awards at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie also gave Sugar Man Rodriguez back the life in the spotlight he so richly deserves. He opened my eyes to a great talent who’s music moves me despite me being just 18 yrs old, and I have had the good fortune of being able to see him perform live twice. Once was at a concert, but the first was at the Traverse City Film Festival when he surprised the audience by performing a few songs after the showing of the film “Searching for Sugar Man.”

I also count myself lucky that I got to meet Malik Bendjelloul while working at the festival. I do not understand what drives one to kill them-self, but I saw nothing that game me any insight as to why he would have taken his own life. He was talented, personable modest and kind. His death is a great loss.

Lane J. Lubell

Searching for Sugar Man.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier.

I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Chicago Premier by Jeff Garlin, the executive producer. It was also interesting to get to talk to the directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel as well as sit through the Q & A after the showing.
I must say this was a story that, as a filmmaker and Chicago resident, is a must see.

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave.

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