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November, 2008

Sex film

Cinema: 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

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

Ready, Set, Gondry!

Cinema: 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

Cinema: 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)

October, 2008

This woman is cleaning up Hollywood

Cinema: 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)

September, 2008

Go with the “Flow”

Cinema: “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

August, 2008

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

Rockin’ Robins

Cinema: 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

Join the ‘Cult’

Cinema: 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’

Cinema: 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

July, 2008

Striking Gould

Cinema: 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)

Behind the ropes

Cinema: 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

April, 2008

Reel life

Cinema: 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

January, 2008

Let’s be Frank

Cinema: 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)

May, 2008

More than ‘Zero’

Cinema: “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)

The right ‘Engel’

Cinema: 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

March, 2008

Monster success

Cinema: 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

June, 2008

Cinema under the stars

Cinema: 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

April, 2008

Rare reels

Cinema: 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

February, 2008

Czech mates

Cinema: 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

May, 2008

Cinema verite

Cinema: 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

’Dance all night

Cinema: 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

April, 2008

History of Brooks, pt. 1

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

January, 2008

A curdled ‘Dream’

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

May, 2008

Young Turks

Cinema: 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)

January, 2008

Ortho-box!

Cinema: 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

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