Writer/director Paul Schraeder directs an echo of the 1976 film Taxi Driver, which Schraeder wrote. First Reformed follows a troubled loner and priest of a small, dying church congregation as he grapples with dark visions and a troubled past.
Alan gives "the treament" to 2018's documentary sensation Three Identical Strangers, wherein three identical boys separated at birth, unaware of each other's existence, coincidentally reunite in college.
Alan cracks open Everett Public Library's Kanopy streaming video service, by focusing on "Ex Libris," Frederick Wiseman's brilliant documentary about one of America's great cultural treasures: The New York Public Library.
Alan explores the eponymously named "Contemporary Color," referring to a ballet-like artistic elaboration of the flag-bearing marchers that perform at half-time shows of sporting events. The film focuses on a competition held in New York at the instigation of David Byrne, the multi-level genius that fronted for Talking Heads.
Alan kicks off the library's Frankenfest celebration by reviewing James Whale's dual masterpieces, 1931's Frankenstein and 1935's Bride of Frankenstein. Alan will lead discussions of the two films on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Main Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Avenue. The showings begin at approximately 11:30am.
Music: "Kompat Project test recording," by Krisztina Zsolnai and Gabor Varadi; "Evoked Potentials, (signal-to-noise Ratio)" by Cage Cabarrett.
Newtown is an unexploitative, honest, yet shocking saga of the massacre--and aftermath-- of Newtown, CT's 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which took the lives of twenty children and six adults.
Alan Jacobson evaluates Faces Places, a academy award-winning documentary about French New Wave director Agnes Varda and her graffiti-artist collaborator JR as they travel through rural France making and placing giant murals of ordinary people.
Alan Jacobson plumbs Andrew Haigh's unsung, underseen 2015 masterpiece.
A "youthquake" of a road movie: Homeless teens party, explore America, and sell magazines.
Additional music: "Beats," by Crooked Vision, courtesy of Internet Archive.
Master director Sidney Lumet's 1970s New York City life drama, crime caper, and anti-establishment social statement, all rolled into one exhilarating package.
Alan Jacobson gives "The Treatment" to 2015's near-future apocalyptic film Into the Forest, with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. A dark tale set in the dark woods.
Starring Claudette Colbert, who appeared in two other Oscar-nominated films in 1939. The script for Midnight was written by Billy Wilder, early in his career. He later wrote and/or directed such masterpieces as Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, and Some Like It Hot.
Alan Jacobson treats Hitchcock's overlooked masterpiece Foreign Correspondent.
An obscure but skillful 1948 noir, directed by Budd Boetticher, more widely known for his compelling B-Westerns.
The three Roberts (Ryan, Mitchum, and Young) star in a shadowy noir think piece about murder and bigotry.
The original Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's 1982 SF masterpiece, is one of the most highly decorated SF films in history.
"The Treatment" of Jennifer Kent's 2015 new horror classic, The Babadook.
Crooks, footpads and gangsters cavort and sing in 1955's "Guys and Dolls" An audio review, written by Alan Jacobson and produced by Everett Public Library, WA.
Alan Jacobson gives "The Treatment" to Gene Kelly's 1949 classic musical, "On the Town," with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin, and Vera-Ellen.
Alan Jacobson provides "The Treatment."
Alan Jacobson gives The Treatment to Stanley Kubrick's epic black comedy of the Cold War, Dr. Strangelove
A "Treatment" review of the 2016 film Florence Foster Jenkins.
Alan Jacobson of Everett Public Library's Evergreen Cinema Society reviews the indy smash "Tangerine," an unlikely romp through the back alleys of LA's sex-worker society.