Asghar Farhadi

On-Air Film Review: Nothing But a Sandwich for ‘A Hero’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on January 6th, 2022, reviewing a new film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi “A Hero,” in theaters on January 7th and Amazon Prime Video on January 21st.

Film Review: Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Past’ Finds Resonance Through Subtlety of Human Interaction

Filmgoers may bash the January to October movie fare for being boisterous, obnoxious, directed by Michael Bay, etc. However, even during the supposedly tasteful sanctuary that is the award season of November to January, those films themselves can be lumped together to sponsor their own lack of subtlety.

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 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: Jason Segel, James Earl Jones Among Guests at CFCA Awards

CHICAGO – Life was a happy song at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards night, which celebrated the best cinematic achievements of 2011, while presenting honorary awards to some very special guests. The event was held January 7 at the Broadway Playhouse, and was highlighted by appearances from some of the brightest talents in show business.

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  • South Side

    CHICAGO – One the brightest comedies set in Chicago is “South Side,” created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. The pair moved the show from Comedy Central to HBO Max, and Season Two dropped for streaming on November 11th, 2021, with the same free-wheeling and hilarious misadventures of Simon and Kareme.

  • Colin in Black & White

    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on November 4th, 2021, reviewing the new miniseries “Colin in Black & White” – regarding the early years of ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick – currently streaming on Netflix.

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