Somewhere in northern Tehran, a young couple rides a motorbike into town. They laugh, they play, she teases him, and then, her chador gets stuck in the gears of the motorbike. “Whom are you hiding from?” he asks her, pointing to the stuck chador. “You,” she teases him. So begins one of Asghar Farhadi’s chamber pieces, Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori), a movie that starts open and isn’t confined to any one room, but is suffocating in it’s confinement never the less. Farhadi, who won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with A Separation (2011), is an Iranian born filmmaker … Continue reading FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY

Movie Beat – 12.20.13

All The Light In The Sky – Marie (Jane Adams) is an actress living in Malibu and desperately needs a job. Not because she is broke or because she owes a bunch of money to the mob, but because she is middle-aged and fears that the best roles of her life are already behind her. Her niece (Sophia Takal) comes to spend the weekend, and that just brings up more problems and more insecurities. Life sure can be tough. Kent Osborne, David Siskind, Larry Fessenden, and Susan Traylor co-star, Adams co-wrote the script with director Joe Swanberg and Factory 25 … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.20.13