A Separation

Blu-ray Review: Pure Dramatic Genius of ‘A Separation’ Amplified by Great Special Features

A Separation

CHICAGO – What makes up a great audio commentary? For me, I don’t want to hear anecdotes about what it was like on the set. And I can’t stand those audio tracks that essentially just describe what I’m watching. A great track illuminates a film in a new way, often pointing out things that you didn’t notice or filmmaking techniques that worked on a subliminal level. Such is the case with writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s track on his 2011 masterpiece “A Separation,” the winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (along with the Chicago Film Critics Association Award in the same category) and one of the best films of the last decade from any country.

Film News: Live Results For the 2012 Academy Awards

CHICAGO – Welcome to the HollywoodChicago.com coverage of the 84th annual Academy Awards. This awards telecast honors the best in film for 2011 and will be hosted by Billy Crystal at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight on ABC.

Film Review: Problems in Iran Prove Universal in ‘A Separation’

A Separation

CHICAGO – Divorce, aging parents, economics, religion and social standing can be applied to any circumstance in any modern culture. The culture in Iran may seem mysterious, but there is nothing uncommon regarding what their people go through in the Oscar nominated “A Separation.”

Interview: Director Asghar Farhadi Puts Together ‘A Separation’

CHICAGO – One of the great surprises of today’s Oscar nominations was the Best Original Screenplay nod to writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation.” It has already won the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and also has been nominated for the same distinction at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Film News: ‘Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol’ Wins Christmas Weekend Box Office

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

CHICAGO – In a weekend full of new releases and tons of options, the hot movie to see was “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” Six different movies were estimated at over $7.5 million, but “Ghost Protocol” was easily the tops with an estimated $26.5 million.

Film News: Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Wins Four 2011 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

CHICAGO – Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” led the way for film in the eyes of the Chicago Film Critics Association, as they have dubbed it the Best Picture of 2011. Malick also took Best Director for his long-delayed labor of love, while the CFCA also chose the cinematography and the work by Jessica Chastain as the Best Supporting Actress work of the year. “Drive” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” came in second with two wins a piece.

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  • Offer, The

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • Murder on Horizon

    CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.


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