Neely Swanson

“The Accidental Wolf” – Knocking on her door [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Accidental Wolf” – Knocking on her door [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Accidental Wolf,” written and directed by Arian Moayed, is a hybrid in many ways. Part thriller, part psychological drama, part family crisis, part conspiracy theory, “The Accidental Wolf” explores all of these aspects through the eyes of Katie Bonner, a wealthy Manhattan housewife and new mother. The world of Katie and […]

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“A Chef’s Voyage” – Gourmet to go [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “A Chef’s Voyage,” directed by Rémi Anfosso, is a culinary journey planned and executed by David Kinch, the chef and owner of Manresa, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Los Gatos, California. Kinch, who wanted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his restaurant, decided to shut down Manresa for a month and take […]

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“Whisky Galore!”, “Passport to Pimlico,” “Maggie,” “The Titfield Thunderbolt” – Fun, fun, fun [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Whisky Galore!”, “Passport to Pimlico,” “Maggie,” “The Titfield Thunderbolt” – Fun, fun, fun [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson A quartet of classic Ealing Brothers British comedies has just been digitally restored and released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Ealing Film Studios were famous throughout the world for the comedies they produced in the 40s and 50s and the stars they highlighted. The films included in this set have been valued […]

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“The Killing Floor” – Won’t floor you

“The Killing Floor” – Won’t floor you

by Neely Swanson “The Killing Floor,” originally released in 1984 as part of the PBS series “American Playhouse,” is being re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD after a 4K restoration by UCLA. Written by Leslie Lee from a story by Elsa Rassbach, there is also an adaptation credit given to Ron Milner. Milner was a highly […]

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“Collective” – Working together [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Collective” – Working together [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Collective,” a documentary by Alexander Nanau, is so much more than the sum of its parts. What started as journalistic sleuthing on the part of Catalin Tolontan of the Sports Gazette into the October 2015 fire at the Collectiv, a popular underground nightclub in Bucharest resulted in 64 deaths and 146 injuries. […]

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“The Test and the Art of Thinking” – In Conflict [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Test and the Art of Thinking” – In Conflict [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Test and the Art of Thinking,” a probing documentary by Michael Arlen Davis, explores the complicated history of the SAT and ACT, tests that still bring shivers to the souls long after they were taken (and mine were taken a long, long, time ago in a galaxy far away). Although proponents […]

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“Crazy, Not Insane” – We’re mad [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Crazy, Not Insane” – We’re mad [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Crazy, Not Insane,” another thought-provoking documentary from Alex Gibney (“Agents of Chaos,” “Out for Blood”), is being released by HBO and HBO Max. Gibney has focused his sights on Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who has devoted her life’s work to the provocative question of why some people kill. Why, under […]

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“The Nest” – Empty [MOVIE REVIEW]

“The Nest” – Empty [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “The Nest,” written and directed by Sean Durkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), is an attempt at dissecting the disintegration of a marriage. A more appropriate title might have been “Scenes from a Marriage,” but Ingmar Bergman got there first and did it better (much). Rory O’Hara, a self-defined entrepreneur, once at the […]

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“Spiral” – The Vortex [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Spiral” – The Vortex [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Spiral” (“Engrenages”), the top notch police drama from France, premiers its seventh season on November 17 on MHz Choice. Originally created by Alexandra Clert and Guy-Patrick Sainderichin in 2005, Clert stayed on to guide and supervise the writing through all seven seasons. Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times declared it “one […]

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“A Crime on the Bayou” – It’s everywhere [MOVIE REVIEW]

“A Crime on the Bayou” – It’s everywhere [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “A Crime on the Bayou,” written and directed by Nancy Buirski, tells the story of an important miscarriage of justice and its long lasting influence. Between 1924 and 1969 Plaquemines Parish, the swampy but oil rich marshland south of New Orleans, was ruled by Leander Perez, one of the leading segregationists and […]

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“Calendar Girl” – Timeless [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Calendar Girl” – Timeless [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson If you aren’t into fashion with a capital F, and you’re not a New Yorker, and maybe even if you are, you will have never heard of Ruth Finley. But “Calendar Girl” directed by Christian Bruun and written by Natalie Nudell will enlighten you, emphasis on the light. For 65 years, Ruth […]

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“Alex Rider” – A fun run [TV REVIEW]

“Alex Rider” – A fun run [TV REVIEW]

“Alex Rider,” Amazon’s new series aimed primarily at a YA audience, is a fast-paced, character-driven spy drama. Creator Guy Burt has fashioned a cohesive and smart mystery/thriller adapted from the popular book series of the same name by Anthony Horowitz, prolific fiction and television writer. Besides the wonderful “Foyle’s War” television series, the Alex Rider […]

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“In Silico” – the future is now, or is it? [MOVIE REVIEW]

“In Silico” – the future is now, or is it? [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson When 22 year old Noah Hutton met neuroscientist Henry Markram in 2009, he was dazzled. Markram’s TED talk had set the world on fire when he claimed he was on the verge of simulating a brain with a super computer. He had already started recreating a column of the neo-cortex and from […]

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“Maybe Next Year” – I can wait [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Maybe Next Year” – I can wait [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Maybe Next Year,’ the well-intentioned documentary directed by Kyle Thrash tracks the 2017-18 season of the Philadelphia Eagles football team through the eyes of some of their devoted but frustrated fans. Philadelphia, a blue collar town, has had a bitter love affair with their football team, the also-ran Eagles. Following several die-hard […]

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“Raining in the Mountain” – Always fair weather [MOVIE REVIEW]

“Raining in the Mountain” – Always fair weather [MOVIE REVIEW]

by Neely Swanson “Raining in the Mountain,” was directed and written by King Hu, a master of wuxia films. Wuxia, for those of you like me who are unacquainted by the term, is an adventure genre featuring martial arts and ancient Chinese themes. “Raining in the Mountain,” a Hong Kong and Taiwanese co-production originally released […]

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