Teen vampires suck

Williamsburg: After watching “Twilight” the always brooding, oftentimes boring (that is, unless you’re a teenage girl with raging hormones) vampire love story, only one thought came to mind: When did these creatures of the night turn from horrific monsters into moody teenagers? Comment

Sex film

If you don’t attend a night of short films at a Williamsburg gallery next week, then you might be looking for love (and lust) in all the wrong places. Comments (4)

Short stuff

Short films are getting their moment in the spotlight in two different mini-festivals next week. Comment

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Filmmaker Michel Gondry isn’t trying to teach people how to make movies — he just believes we don’t have to rely on Hollywood for all our fun. Comment

How to make films

In his book, “You’ll Like This Because You’re in It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol,” the filmmaker behind “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “The Science of Sleep,” offers his tips for making movies. In an interview with GO Brooklyn, he went further. Comments (1)
Fort Greene: Film crews use Brooklyn as a backdrop for everything from detergent commercials to Hollywood blockbusters — but when the director calls “cut,” our borough is left holding the bag in the form of tons of needless waste. Comments (1)

Vin gets biblical in far out sci-fi romp

Williamsburg: Vin Diesel’s career as an action star officially ran out of gas in “Babylon AD,” a stilted post-apocalyptic thriller that in the end implodes on itself and leaves everyone in the theater confused. Comment

Back to ‘nam: Cinema looks at the USA’s other hated war

Williamsburg: The conflicting facets that make the Vietnam War one of the most controversial military conflicts of the 20th century will be revisited and reviewed on the movie screen through a special borough film series highlighting the tarnished glories and failed victories that nearly caused a country – ours – to implode upon itself. Comment

Nicholas Cage is lost in the far east

Williamsburg: Nicolas Cage opens “Bangkok Dangerous” with a deep, authoritative narrative outlining the do’s and don’ts of the murder for hire biz — then in the next 90 or so shallow minutes that follow, blindly proceeds to break all of those commandments. Comment

Go with the “Flow”

“Flow,” a new documentary by Brooklyn filmmaker Irena Salina about one of our most necessary — and endangered resources — water, will finally get a run in a theater, beginning Sept. 12. Comment

All about Coney

All about Coney

Coney Island: Filmmaker Joanna Lipper screens her remake of the classic Coney Island film “Little Fugitive” at the Coney Island Museum on Aug. 30. Comment

‘Tropic Thunder’isn’t a total washout

Williamsburg: Tropic Thunder – comedian Ben Stiller’s movie-within-a-movie farce about a group of Hollywood actors shooting a Vietnam war epic deep inside the jungles of Southeast Asia – is no Dr. Strangelove. Comment

Bklyn filmmakers offer glimpse of ‘Apostles’

Williamsburg: Prayer and movie making have a lot more in common than you’d know. Comment

‘Dare’ explores the horrors of Jim Crow-era South

Williamsburg: It’s hard to tell which images are more disturbing: The black and white footage of the violence that gripped St. Augustine during civil rights demonstrations in 1963, or the color shots of the dilapidated squalor of the city’s black neighborhoods today. Comment

Rockin’ Robins

Rockin’ Robins

We’ve all heard the beating of the drums at the south end of Prospect Park on a Sunday afternoon; now hear the story behind the music in Jeremy Robins’s new documentary, “The Other Side of the Water.” Comment

‘Mummy’ offends with dragon breath

Bay News: It’s a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment when a drop-kicking abominable snowman is the lone highlight in a mummy picture. Comment

Dark Knight lights the way for others to follow

Williamsburg: Everyone coming out of “The Dark Knight” this weekend had little light bulbs hovering over their heads aglow with the realization that the next time they’re in the mood for great, thought-provoking literature, they can head right to their nearest comic book store. Comment

Believe it or not, the X-Files is just okay

Williamsburg: Make no mistake about it, if you happened to be home with a bowl of popcorn on a Friday night in the mid- to late 90’s, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” would have been a perfectly fine episode to satisfy Mulder and Scully fans. Comment

Join the ‘Cult’

Join the ‘Cult’

Williamsburg: The new feature film “Cult of Sincerity” is like a National Geographic documentary on the feeding, mating and social rituals of Williamsburg’s twentysomething hipsters. And sometimes, the truth hurts. Comment

Korean ‘Indy’

Korean ‘Indy’

Fort Greene: The 2008 New York Korean Film Festival comes to Fort Greene on Aug. 29 with Korea’s answer to “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Once Upon a Time.” Comment

Big Red’s back with a vengeance

Williamsburg: or a film about a wise-cracking, cigar-chomping demon, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” manages to mingle gravitas with humor, and tenderness with frenzied, fantastical action. Comment

Striking Gould

Striking Gould

To grow up Jewish in the 1970s was to be in the thrall of Elliott Gould. Sure, the suburban teenage Semite had his Woody Allen for comic relief and his Paul Newman for confirmation that he was, indeed, a member of a Chosen People, but the sight of the mangy, Jew-fro-covered head of Gould on the big screen during that long-forgotten decade got more than a few movie geeks through adolescence. Here, Gould talks with GO Brooklyn about those films, which will be screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in August. Comments (1)

No love for Myers’ latest

Williamsburg: “The Love Guru” is an inane, humorless comedy sure to leave audiences unrequited. Comment

Movies with a View

Williamsburg: Come to the park for Movies With a View 2008, featuring great films, plus Brooklyn Radio setting the scene each night with pre-movie mood music from some of New York City’s best DJs. Comment

Cuddly Wall-E will rock your world

Williamsburg: WALL-E,” the story of a plucky little sanitation droid with a heart of gold polymer, manages to make us laugh, cheer out loud, and encourages us to think about our environment and the perils of rampant commercialism -- without being too preachy, mind you – in a lightning-fast, fun-filled 103 minutes. Comment

Behind the ropes

Behind the ropes

Williamsburg: On Monday night, Trevor W. was the talk of the party. The tall, attractive socialite, of ambiguous sexual orientation and a lurid fashion sense, was sought after by Manhattan nightlife queen Amy Sacco, actor-model Fabrizio Brienza, “Lipstick Jungle’s” Lindsay Price, and members of Kulu and the Brazilian Girls. But Trevor W. isn’t real. He’s a figment of the imagination of Bushwick filmmaker Wayne Price. Comment

Cinema under the stars

While enjoying a summer blockbuster inside a movie theater has its advantages — air conditioning! snacks! — there’s much to be said about watching a flick al fresco with your Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a roundup of the borough’s outdoor movie festivals. Comment

It’s not easy being green at the movies

Williamsburg: This week at the movies was no time to cross anything green. Comment

‘The Strangers’ sneaks up on you

Williamsburg: Silence cuts like a butcher knife in “The Strangers,” an unsettling, well-crafted film that finds terror not by dumping buckets of blood, but by employing restraint. Comment

A ‘sketchy’ Zohan

Williamsburg: he way comedian Adam Sandler sees it, there’s only one person who can bring peace to the Middle East. Comment

Take a twirl with Astaire & Rogers

Williamsburg: red Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in 10 films and into movie history. Film historian Phillip Harwood will present film clips of legendary performances by Astaire and Rogers and he will take you behind the scenes of movies such as “Top Hat,” “Swing Time,” and “Shall We Dance.” Comment

Cinema verite

Cinema verite

In Paul Krik’s film, “Able Danger,” which opened the 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival on Friday, something about the movie’s main character seemed very familiar. Thomas Flynn owned a cafe called Vox Pop on Cortelyou Road and wrote a book about a 9-11 cover-up theory; in fact, in many ways, he resembled real-life Vox Pop owner, writer and man-about-town Sander Hicks. Comment

‘Cinergy’ in film

Canarsie: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) announces the film line up for its 11th annual festival, themed Cinergy. The competitive event will run May 30-June 8 and films will be shown at both the Brooklyn Lyceum Theater (featuring 36 two-hour film programs) and Brooklyn Heights Cinema (featuring 31 two-hour film programs). Comment

Pump those pedals over to the Bicycle Film Festival

Canarsie: In case those ads in the subway haven't informed you, or the thousands of cyclists who traversed the borough earlier this month, May is Bike Month in New York City. And to help mark it, the Bicycle Film Festival will hold its eighth event to round out the month of festivities. Comment

‘Hole in the Fence’ opens onto changing Red Hook

Canarsie: A Hole In A Fence,” D.W. Young’s entertaining and insightful look at the changing landscape of Red Hook, Brooklyn, will screen May 29 aboard the Waterfront Museum barge on Pier 44 in Red Hook. Comment

The return to Narnia: A good trip for kids

Canarsie: Somewhere to the west of Candy Land’s Gumdrop Mountains and just south of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry lies the mystical land of Narnia, where trees can dance, badgers are top chefs and lions speak with the wisdom of Jedi Masters. Comment

‘Reel Sisters’ want to check out your film

Canarsie: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series is seeking films directed, written or produced by women of color. Comment

Young Turks

Young Turks

As the summer blockbuster season heats up with familiar faces — we’re looking at you, Indiana Jones and Carrie Bradshaw — local cinephiles will have the chance to check out some truly original movies — beginning May 30 — when the Brooklyn International FIlm Festival lights up screens for its 11th year. Comments (1)

’Dance all night

Fort Greene: On Thursday, May 29, the sun will rise on the third year of the “Sundance Institute at BAM” series, a 58-film extravaganza straight from the screens of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Comment

The right ‘Engel’

It might be the last summer for Astroland, but certain parts of Coney Island will live on forever. WIth the release of “The FIlms of Morris Engel with Ruth Orkin” DVD earlier this month, Engel’s timeless film “Little Fugitive” can be embraced by a new generation of fans. Comment

Ed Lachman cinematography

Williamsburg: From May 9-20, BAMcin […] Comment

Polish shorts with ‘Cinergy’

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) brings a selection of short Polish films to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, May 14 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This free event takes place at Studio B, 259 Banker Street near Meserole Avenue. Comment

Shell head socks it to ‘em at the movies

Williamsburg: Wittier than Spider-Man, cooler than Batman, Robert Downey Jr.’s invincible Iron Man has got more one-liners than Toby Maguire and more high-tech toys than Christian Bale, Val Kilmer and George Clooney combined. Comment

Souped up ‘Speed’ gets stuck in gear

Williamsburg: Speed Racer” is an overlong Technicolor marvel with the body of a Ferrari and the engine of an Edsel. Comment

More than ‘Zero’

“America has always seemed to hate its poets,” said Ken Siegelman, a Gravesend resident and Brooklyn’s poet laureate. “But to see a film done about me — it’s really given me a new lease on life.” Comments (1)

Big Movies for Little Kids

Williamsburg: Big Movies for Little Kids, Cobble Hill Brooklyn’s own popular, film series for children, continues with two screenings this month. Comment

Brooklyn Filmmakers screening

Williamsburg: The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) presents the annual Brooklyn Filmmakers screening, May 9 at the museum, as part of the 42nd BAC International Film Festival. Comment

‘Kingdom’ comes for Chan, Li

Williamsburg: In the pantheon of chop-socky cinema, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li ranks right up there with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Comment

‘Anamorph’ focuses on murder

Williamsburg: There’s an artsy killer on the loose in “Anamorph,” a gloomy, detached film weighed down by its own esoteric concept and ultimately dismembered by clich […] Comment
Theater: Over a century after his father, Max Kaminsky, arrived at Ellis Island on the "SS Scandia," legendary filmmaker — and Williamsburg native! — Mel Brooks made his own voyage, this time aboard a chartered ferry running between Battery Park and the Ellis Island piers. Comment

Reel life

Reel life

Break out the popcorn for the 42nd annual Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival. This year brings a record number of submissions, and 23 of them — including two award-winning films — hail from the borough. Comment

Rare reels

Rare reels

Prostitutes, policement and gangsters. Not another gubernatorial fiasco, it’s “Tomu Uchida: Discovering a Japanese Master,” a film series celebrating the world of the late director coming to BAMCInematek on April 11. Comment

Monster success

Music and the movies have always made a great match. From cinema’s earliest days, when music served as accompaniment to film, until today, when film scores can make or break a “talkie,” the two arts forms belong together. And don’t think that today’s cinematic music is merely background for current releases. Many musicians are writing music for new experimental films, as well as creating new scores for classics, like Windsor Terrace resident Tom Nazziola. Comment

Czech mates

Czech mates

It might not be everyone’s idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day date movie, but don’t let that deter you from seeing Milos Forman’s bittersweet Czech New Wave classic, “Loves of a Blonde,” a gentle but probing look at relationships that’s as far away from those typically sappy Hollywood chick-flick romances as it’s possible to be. Comment

Let’s be Frank

GO Brooklyn catches up with “Saw” and “The Italian Job” star Franky G., a Williamsburg native whose first feature film is airing on PBS Channel 13 on Saturday, Feb. 2. Comments (1)



Dmitriy Salita’s a complicated guy. Born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Midwood, Salita is a world-class boxer and an observant, Orthodox Jew. Comment

A curdled ‘Dream’

A curdled ‘Dream’

Woody Allen’s latest film opens on Jan. 18, but “Cassandra’s Dream” isn’t exactly ours. Comment

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