Ever wonder what the best and worst Hanukkah films are?
Hint: Not the Hebrew Hammer
James Franco is rumored to be playing Tommy Wiseau in the upcoming movie “The Disaster Artist,” a movie based on a book about Greg Sestro’s experiences working on “The Room.” For those who are not familiar with “The Room,” it is said to be one of the worst movies ever. So bad that it’s so funny. There are so many small, terrible moments in the movie that make it magnificent. Franco will be playing the man who wrote and starred in the movie, Tommy. They both kind of look the same in a weird, putty face way. And they both are super weird, so this should work out well. I really hope that for some reason they remake my favorite scene:
When People Die They Sings Songs was nominated for a Student Oscar(!!!) and Olga Lvoff needs some support in releasing her documentary. So we are looking to you, wonderful Hipster Jew readers to help out! Check out her Indiegogo Campaign and send over a few bills.
“When People Die They Sing Songs” is a story of mother and daughter who resolve to uncover their wartime past buried half a century ago. After suffering a stroke, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Regina is getting music therapy. Accompanied by a music therapist, Regina sings Yiddish and French songs of her youth. Her daughter Sonia is with her at every session. This revitalizes their mother-daughter relationship and emboldens them to revisit their past. With Regina’s help, Sonia tries to capture their family story. The past they were so eager to forget they are now anxious to remember. But Regina’s memory is rapidly succumbing to dementia.
At this point, Wes Anderson could take a dump in a shoe, film it, and I’d watch the shit out of it (pun unintended). This wonderful 7 minute film, Castello Cavalcanti tells the story about an Italian-American racecar driver in Italy circa 1950 (played by Jason Schwartzman). I can only assume it’s a precursor to The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s presented by Prada, but luckily I’m so poor I didn’t even realize until afterwards that Prada is involved…somehow…
Wes Anderson is SO hot right now.
So Blockbuster isn’t a thing anymore. Yep, that’s right. I’m assuming you didn’t realize that there were any Blockbusters left. Well there were. And now they are all gone.
Rest in peace. But seriously, Blockbuster, you were one of the best. I know it was your time to go, but that doesn’t stop it from hurting just a bit.
There’s a lot of good memories I have from my time with you. You know, like sleepovers, when my parents would take us all to Blockbuster, and they’d get a “grownup” movie and we’d walk through the aisles 3 times before we decided we were just going to get Clueless again and this time I wasn’t going to fall asleep.
You’ve always been there, Blockbuster. Before Netflix took over my life, before Redbox through in it’s moderately insignificant hand, it was you.
It was always you.
In it’s 25th year, The Boston Jewish Film Festival is bringing the best in contemporary Jewish film to the Boston area! We are psyched to be involved and bring our Hipster Jew radness to the fest. Note that The Duckman and I will be at some of these screenings — so it’s your prime opportunity to ask us to be your holidate. Here are ten films running from November 6th to the 18th that you WON’T want to miss at spots like the Coolidge Corner Theater and ICA Boston:
(Hot Jewish babe alert!) Three mismatched
hot dudes men take a 500-mile road trip to Corsica to fulfill their young female friend Charlie’s dying wish. Without Charlie’s warm presence, the trip becomes an emotional journey for these unlikely friends. With delightful comic twists, spiritual discovery, including Jewish rituals, and meaningful male bonding, this LIKE BROTHERS gives an updated feel to buddy road trip stories of the past.
Saturday, November 9, 7:00 @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BLUMENTHAL plays like a retro Woody Allen film: steered by neuroses, self-deprecating humor, and a few hijinks too, the many dysfunctional members of a New York family must address their own vulnerabilities in the midst of mourning a mercurial relative. A hilarious first feature from a brilliant young writer/director, Seth Fisher, who also stars as the romance-challenged yet ever-likeable Ethan.
Saturday, November 9, 9:30 @ Coolidge Corner Theater (Director/Actor Seth Fisher will be there in person)
Oh Woody Allen, finally doing something different! And seemingly clever and fun! Oh wait, John Turturro wrote it, which is why it’s different? Well we had Midnight in Paris. I’m glad Woody Allen was willing to act as a Jewish older pimp friend. If only he donned his mother’s fur and found a cane.
Sex and the City meets Deuce Bigalow. And Turturro doesn’t murder/molest anyone! Count me in.
It’s like Hollywood knows their demographic perfectly. Putting out a movie with Ben Stiller. Making it a dramedy. About a guy who day dreams and is named Walter Mitty. And it’s coming out on Christmas. Let’s not kid ourselves. Every one of the 6 million Jews in American will see this movie. Children, grandparents, Hassidim. We’re all going to see this movie. Not because we want to, but because we have to. I mean, look at the trailer. This is going to the movie that defines Ben Stiller’s Golden Years of his career.*
Pretty much if you don’t go see this movie you’re an asshole, and it better earn 1 billion dollars on Xmas day alone.
*Yes, I know this is a remake from a 1947 movie that was a based on a novel which was based on a short story. This is Hollywood – they’re not paid to come up with original ideas, just to throw money at ‘Blockbusters’.
An HBO movie with Larry David and John Hamm. Sign me up. It could be the two of them just sitting in a room staring at each other for 90 minutes and I’d watch it. They could be going down on each other and I’d watch that. Hell, if you took a picture of the two of them and photoshopped them together I’d probably just stare at that for the next 2 hours