Sandra Kraisirideja

Audiohollywood.net was started by entertainment journalist Sandra Kraisirideja, an accredited member of the Motion Picture Association of America. A 16-year industry veteran, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Today, SciFi.com, ComingSoon.net, LatinoReview.com, North County Times, East Hampton Star and Southampton News-Press. Ms. Kraisirideja is listed in the (MPAA) Domestic Press Directory for 2009.

 

Articles by Sandra Kraisirideja

 

AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 16-22: WILD TALES

wildtalesposterOpening Feb. 20, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Wild Tales. This Oscar nominee for best foreign film is interweaves six stand-alone, thematically connected shorts into a compelling feature about venting frustration and exacting revenge. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 8-14: INHERENT VICE

Opening Dec. 12, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Inherent Vice, the latest work from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master). An adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel – Anderson being a self-confessed mega fan of the author – the film reunites Anderson with his Master star Joaquin Phoenix, who here takes the lead role of cop Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello. Working in LA in 1970, Sportello is fuelled – like most of the city – by a heady mix of drink and drugs, and finds himself rather over his head while investigating the disappearance of ex-girlfriend Shasta (ethereal newcomer Karen Waterston). Read on…

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NIGHTCRAWLER – Review by Sandra Kraisirideja

After watching Nightcrawler you’ll never look at local TV news coverage the same way again.

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the deliciously dark Nightcrawler tells the story of Louis Bloom, a young man with questionable morals and high aspirations—a potent mix that helps him blossom as a freelance videographer capturing the mayhem that happens in the wee hours of the morning in Los Angeles. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 22-28: PRIDE

hr_Pride_1 copyOpening Sept. 26, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. Inspired by the true story of what happened when a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money for mineworkers’ families during the union strike in the summer of 1984. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. The movie features Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing story in the vein of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 15-21: TRACKS

tracks posterOpening Sept. 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, an exquisitely filmed, fact-based adventure that is iconic in its validation of one woman’s dreams and determination. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set out on a nine-month journey across Australia’s expansive desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with only her dog and four camels. Based on Davidson’s eponymous memoir, the film co-stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer—and on-again, off-again romantic interest—who documents her journey. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 8-14: THE SKELETON TWINS

The Skeleton Twins-Opening Sept. 12, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Skeleton Twins, a light-hearted drama starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged twins who help each other figure out why their lives turned out so poorly. Wiig and Hader both hail from Saturday Night Live and are known for their comedic talents. The Skeleton Twins is a distinct departure for them both but director Craig Johnson knows how to use their impressive skills for both comedy and drama to great effect. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 1-7: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Last Days of VietnamOpening Aug. 29, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Last Days in Vietnam, a new documentary from Rory Kennedy that chronicles the final days of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the dramatic events around the 1975 evacuation of Saigon, the film combines present-day interviews and archival footage to recount what happened when the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and military officials had to decide who they would help escape. Kennedy is the youngest of the eleven children of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Her documentaries focus on various social issues and in 2007 she won an Emmy for Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 25-31: THE CONGRESS

The CongressOpening Aug. 29, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Congress, from visionary writer-director Ari Folman, whose 2008 animated film Waltz with Bashir was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The Congress, based on Solaris author Stainslav Lem’s The Futurological Congress, combines live action and animation to present a unique premise set in a world in the not-too-distant future. It stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm. Wright, playing a version of herself, accepts a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Keitel) whereby her digital image will be controlled by one studio for use in any films of their choice, in perpetuity. The compensation allows her to care for her ailing son, but her decision has unforeseen consequences. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 18-24: ABUSE OF WEAKNESS

Abuse of WeaknessOpening Aug. 22, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Abuse of Weakness, by French writer-director Catherine Breillat. The film was inspired by Breillat’s own experiences after she suffered a debilitating stroke and fell prey to a notorious con man. Isabelle Huppert stars opposite French rapper Kool Shen. Strong-willed filmmaker Maud (Huppert) suffers a stroke that leaves her paralyzed on her left side. Determined to pursue her latest film project she sees Vilko (Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a talk show and proceeds to offer him a role in her next movie. Soon Vilko is using the same manipulative charm that he used to con celebrities to get thousands from Maud. While she sees what he’d doing she also feels powerless to do anything about it. Read on.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 11-17: THE TRIP TO ITALY

Trip to Italy posterOpening Aug. 15, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Trip to Italy, a follow-up to Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 film, The Trip, which reunites comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for another gastronomic tour around Europe. This time the two cranky comedians are retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy. Following the successful formula of the first film, Winterbottom focuses as much attention on the mouth-watering meals as he does the impersonation-laced banter between the two stars. They enjoy culinary delights in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Jagged Little Pill, and, of course, the virtue of sequels. The Trip to Italy melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 4-10: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

100 Foot Journey posterOpening Aug. 8, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Hundred-Foot Journeya film adaptation of the beloved novel by Richard C. Morais. The film stars Dame Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory, the acclaimed French chef and restaurateur of the Micehelin-starred Le Saule Pleureur who finds that her culinary dominance in the quaint French tourist town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is challenged when an Indian bistro, Maison Mumbai, opens across the street. Her new rival is young chef Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), a culinary wunderkind blessed with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. He’s backed by his tenacious father (Om Puri) and family, all recently resettled in the South of France from their distant homeland. The culinary and cultural rivalry contretemps is eventually quelled by their mutual love of haute cuisine and a budding romance between Hassan and Madame Mallory’s charming sous chef (Charlotte Le Bon). Everything about this film is delicious. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

guardians of the galaxy Opening Aug. 1, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and co-written with Nicole Perlman. The film has all the spectacle and eye-popping CGI that has come to be expected from the studio behind Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. It was recently announced at Comic-Con that a sequel will be released in 2017. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. It’s also got the right mix of action, comedy and heart that has become such a winning formula for successful superhero movies. American pilot Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Pace). In order to evade Ronan, Quill must form an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora (Saldana), Rocket (voiced by Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), and Groot (voiced by Diesel). When Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the danger it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 21-27: LUCY

lucyOpening July 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Lucy, the latest action movie from writer-director Luc Besson, best known for The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita and The Professional. Action It Girl Scarlett Johansson stars as a woman who gains the ability to use one hundred percent of her brain function, turning her into an unstoppable killing machine. Besson has created his share of strong, female action heroes and Johannson is turning into that rare actor who is interesting to watch in both big-budget action movies, like The Avengers, and riskier films, like Under the Skin. It will be fascinating to see what Besson and Johansson have created together in Lucy. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 14-20: MOOD INDIGO

Mood IndigoOpening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Mood Indigo, another unusual romance from director Michel Gondry, who is known for unique interpretations of love stories that incorporate fantastical, surreal elements. This time Gondry creates a stylishly quirky fantasy world that includes a piano that makes cocktails, a dining room on rollerskates and a cloud-shaped vehicle. French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel provides the inspiration for the film, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris who embark on a whirlwind romance that is threatened when an unusual illness plagues Tautou’s character; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. It’s the kind of twist that fits perfectly well with Gondry’s inventive imagination. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 7-13: BOYHOOD

BOYHOOD posterOpening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Boyhood, an audacious film from writer-director Richard Linklater that was filmed over 12 years with the same cast. This groundbreaking film stars newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who literally grows up on screen, and Lorelei Linklater as his sister. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play their parents. The passage of time is captured through snapshots of family life—birthdays, vacations and family dinners—with a soundtrack that spans the recent past with tunes from Coldplay to Arcade Fire. This film offers a unique portrait of growing up that opens a door for personal introspection unlike any film before. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 30-July 6: LIFE ITSELF

Life ItselfOpening July 4, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Life Itself, a moving tribute to America’s favorite critic, Roger Ebert, from acclaimed director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian. Ebert was a Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times who became a household name when he starred opposite Gene Siskel on the PBS show Sneak Previews, which popularized the phrase “Two thumbs up!” Ebert passed away on April 4, 2013 after battling cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, which robbed him of his ability to speak but never slowed him down in terms of writing. James’ documentary, which is based on Ebert’s memoir of the same name, recounts Ebert’s life with reverence and a deep respect. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves movies. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 23-29: YVES SAINT LAURENT

Yves Saint LaurentOpening June 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is French director Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent, a richly evocative period piece that chronicles the life of the legendary fashion designer. The film stars Pierre Niney as Saint Laurent. At the age of 21, none other than Christian Dior appointed Saint Laurent to take over as head designer for his line. His first collection for Dior debuted in the spring of 1958 and instantly catapulted him to the heights of haute couture’s elite class. At that show he would also meet Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne), patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the two founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which would rapidly become one of the biggest luxury powerhouses on the planet. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 16-22: JERSEY BOYS

Jersey BoysOpening June 20, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Jersey Boys, the film adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical from director Clint Eastwood. The musical chronicles the rise and fall of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons, led by Frankie Valli. While best known for tough guy films, Eastwood is also a musician and composer, which makes his involvement in bringing this popular musical from stage to screen even more interesting. Not to mention that Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book for the musical, have written the script, making for a smooth transition to the screen. Of course the film’s impressive pedigree doesn’t matter much if the music isn’t right and from the sound of things, the songs still pack a punch. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 9-15: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Opening June 13, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the epic second chapter in a planned trilogy that returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. This time around the inseparable duo must protect the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago. New cast members Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Honsou join the original cast—Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig in this rousing follow up based on the novels by Cressida Cowell. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 2-8: CITIZEN KOCH

citizen koch 160Opening June 6, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Citizen Koch, an eye-opening documentary that follows the rise of the Tea Party and the impact that unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires has on the electoral process in America. Filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin reveal how the billionaire Koch brothers used their significant financial capital to alter the political landscape of Wisconsin and how those changes changed the lives of three life-long Republicans working for the state. The must-see documentary features interviews with David Koch, Charles Koch, Sarah Palin, Russ Feingold, Scott Walker, and Gwen Moore. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 26-June 1: WE ARE THE BEST!

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Opening May 30, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is We Are The Best! This smart and funny film is a raucous coming-of-age tale about three teenage girls who form a punk band in ’80s Stockholm. Mohawk-sporting Klara (Mira Grosin) and her best friend Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) are rebels looking for a cause. Despite having no instruments—or discernible musical talent—the two form an all-girl punk band, recruiting their shy, classical guitar-playing schoolmate Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne) as the third wheel. Based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, and directed by her husband, Lukas, the entertaining film puts a refreshing feminist spin on a usually male-centric genre. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 19-25: TRACKS

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Opening May 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, an exquisitely filmed, fact-based adventure that is iconic in its validation of one woman’s dreams and determination. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set out on a nine-month journey across Australia’s expansive desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with only her dog and four camels. Based on Davidson’s eponymous memoir, the film co-stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer—and on-again, off-again romantic interest—who documents her journey. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. In limited release, wider in September. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 12-18: THE IMMIGRANT

ImmigrantOpening May 16, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Immigrant, a compelling 1920s period drama with strong feminist overtones from director James Gray. Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan star as Polish sisters who emigrate to New York in search of a fresh start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa (Cotillard) is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Joaquin Phoenix plays a charming but wicked man who takes advantage of Ewa’s plight and forces her into prostitution. Hope comes in the form of a dashing stage magician, played by Jeremy Renner. Read on…

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MOMS’ NIGHT OUT – Review by Sandra Kraisirideja

MNO_OfficialPosterPlenty of movies have explored the comedy goldmine that is motherhood, but Moms’ Night Out takes a faith-based approach to the subject resulting in a movie that is sweet, funny and life-affirming. While the movie doesn’t hide its feelings about God and religion, the themes covered are universal to everyone who is a mom or has a mom. Moms’ Night Out is an especially great reminder to all new moms out there that being perfect is not the most important asset a mother can have; it’s the ability to laugh through all the chaos that provides real strength. Read more>>

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 5-11: CHEF

CHEF_OSOpening May 9, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Chef. In this deliciously funny comedy, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as a talented chef who quits his high-profile job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant over creative differences regarding cuisine. His recipe to maintain his culinary integrity involves relocation to Miami, where he opens a food truck, and rekindles his passion for life and love. Favreau’s high-profile supportive cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., the red-hot Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara and Bobby Cannavale. The comedy marks Favreau’s return to the comedic roots he planted when he launched his career back in 1996 with the breakout indie hit, Swingers, which he wrote and starred in with Vince Vaughn. Read on…

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