Review from NOFF – Ella Brennan: Commanding ...

ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE Director Leslie Iwerks World Premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival Run time 96 min At the age of ninety, Ella Brennan stands in her kitchen looking like a captain guiding her crew through a storm. She checks each plate, expedites service, and makes sure everything leaving the kitchen at Commanders Palace is up to her exacting specifications. The very next moment, she is dancing through the dining room, making jokes, kissing cheeks, and making sure that everyone feels like they are family at her landmark restaurant. But it was a very tough road to get there. This documentary focused on the amazing life...

New Orleans Film Fest, Day 2 Oct15

New Orleans Film Fest, Day 2

Wow, two days over are officially over in the 27th New Orleans film festival and already we have seen so many amazing films. With six days to go, I can’t imagine what we still have in store for us. Since we saw 5 films today, I won’t go into a ton of detail, but I’ll give you some of the highlights of the day. BODY (cialo) This feature had won great acclaim in its native Poland before having its US premiere at the flim fest. Focusing on a grieving homicide detective, his bulimic daughter, and her psychiatrist, the movie is an exploration of how we as individuals deal with life and death, love and loss, and familial relationships. Throughout...

New Orleans Film Festival – Opening Night and LBJ Oct13

New Orleans Film Festival – Opening Night an...

Opening Night and LBJ Last night, Crimespree took its place on the red carpet and welcomed the stars, patrons, and hosts of the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival.  Gary Grubbs, James Marsden, Richard Schiff, and Rob Reiner all took the walk down the red carpet to open the festival and attend the US premiere of LBJ.  All those walking expressed their love for filming in Louisiana, particularly Reiner who shot much of LBJ here and plans to film much of his next feature here as well. The movie focused on LBJ’s career from senate majority leader to taking the presidency and fulfilling JFK’s vision for an Equal Rights Act.  Woody...

Crimespree Goes to the Red Carpet Oct11

Crimespree Goes to the Red Carpet

Crimespree Goes to the Red Carpet Yup, you read that right. Your dedicated Crimespree reporters Bryan VanMeter and Kyle Joseph Schmidt are headed to the red carpet. It’s all for you, readers. We sacrifice so much. All kidding aside, we have been bestowed the honor of covering the 27th annual New Orleans Film Festival, October 12-20. This year there are over 220 features packed into one short week. With huge features like LBJ, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, and LION; documentaries about poets, cooks, musicians, wars, prisons, and so many more; and dozens and dozens of shorts, it is a banquet of art and a celebration of film in New Orleans....

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Reviewed Oct10

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Reviewed

AUTHOR-THE J.T. Leroy STORY Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig In 2006, the New York Times exposed the writer J.T. Leroy, author of Sarah and a volume of short stories, as a hoax. The work actually came from the pen of Laura Albert, a 40-year old sex phone operator. It seems rather harmless to have used a pen name, but the use of her sister-in-law as a public stand- in for years makes the hoax more complicated. This film, trusting again in the story presented by Albert, attempts to sort it out. This deception went on for about a decade and drew in luminaries such as Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Tom Waits and others. They all wanted to believe a...

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Reveiwed Oct01

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Reveiwed

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-THE TOURING YEARS Directed by Ron Howard We saw the film at 10:30 am on a Monday morning. It had quite a large audience in the mid-sized multiplex theater–all people over sixty. People who remember the Beatles and people who were free at that time of day. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK looks at the first years of the BEATLES. Mostly the time between 1963 and 1966-the years when they toured. After 1966, they only did one additional concert and it was on the roof of their recording studio. The chaos was simply too great at the stadiums where their last concerts played. Scene after scene records the near escapes of the Beatles, the...