Schuyler Velasco


Friday Film: Make a Choice, Any Choice

By Schuyler Velasco

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Friday Film: Not Quite 'The Karate Kid'

By Schuyler Velasco

Friday Film: Not Quite 'The Karate Kid'
There’s something familiar about “Kaddish for a Friend,” the coming of age/unlikely friendship tale screening at this year’s Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Indeed, Berlin-born director Leo Kashin’s full-length debut reeks of “Karate Kid,” Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” and any number of movies from the “young fish out of water befriends a crusty old guy from a different culture” genre. But the film has so much spunk and earnestness that familiarity takes on a quality of warmth, rather than of staleness. To put it another way, it’s like watching a really well done adaptation of a Shakespeare comedy as a high school flick, only this time, “The Karate Kid” is the source text.Read More


Friday Film: A Radical Experiment in Dating

By Schuyler Velasco

Friday Film: A Radical Experiment in Dating
“2 night” is a rich, complex film based on two simple premises. The first is the sheer impossibility of finding a parking space in Tel Aviv at 2 a.m. on a weekend. The second is an experiment in dating without pretense: What if, when two people embarked on a relationship, they showed their true colors immediately? Would it speed up the voyage to deeper intimacy, or send the two lovers running and screaming in opposite directions?Read More


Have No Fear, It's Still 'Porgy and Bess'

By Schuyler Velasco

Have No Fear, It's Still 'Porgy and Bess'
Stephen Sondheim trashed the revival of Gershwin’s classic. The changes aren’t nearly so drastic as he made out, and Schuyler Velasco says the new production looks just fine.Read More


Friday Film: Eichmann in Argentina

By Schuyler Velasco

Friday Film: Eichmann in Argentina
However, before being captured and brought to judgment, Eichmann spent a decade hiding out in Buenos Aires with his family, working a series of odd jobs under the name Ricardo Klement. In a turn of rather puzzling behavior for a fugitive trying to keep a low profile, he sat down for a series of taped interviews with Dutch journalist and Nazi sympathizer Willem Sassen.Read More



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