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Daughter From Danang (2002); directed by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco

Nominated for an Oscar, Daughter From Danang is one of the most emotionally harrowing documentaries I’ve ever seen. Halfway through I started to get a very very bad feeling. Something was approaching, something unforeseen, something completely unexpected. You could feel … Continue reading

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At the 71st VIFF: One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film (2014); directed by Bill Teck

Making its premiere at the 71st Venice International Film Festival is the documentary One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film, about Bogdanovich’s 1981 lost film They All Laughed. I mean, it’s not lost, not really, you … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 5: “Simon Said”

Directed by Tim Iacofano Written by Ben Edlund Sam: You and I are chosen. Max: For what? Sam: I don’t know. – “Nightmare,” Supernatural, Season 1 “Simon Said” is the only episode from Tim Iacofano, and the first episode written … Continue reading

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An Ode to E.B. White and a Very Special Teacher

I post this every year at the beginning of the school year, in honor of all the teachers out there – the teachers I know, and the teachers I’ve had. Here is my favorite teacher-story of all. You make a … Continue reading

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New Trailer For New Series, Transparent

The new series called Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, and others, will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Sept. 26. And above, check out the new trailer for it. Beautiful and emotional. It’s already killing me! … Continue reading

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Last Weekend (2014)

My first review for the wonderful film site The Dissolve went up today. The Dissolve is a relatively new site, but they have an amazing stable of writers as well as an incredible community of commenters. Knowledgeable, positive, great discussions … Continue reading

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Shakespeare at Fenway

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, out of Boston, is kicking off their 20th anniversary season with an evening of William Shakespeare at Fenway Park: September 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. With not one, but two, O’Malley cousins on the bill. Because that’s … Continue reading

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Late Summer Shuffle

That is an untouched photo from my day at the beach yesterday. Black sky out at sea, sunshine behind me. The effects were incredible. The water blazing green and silver. The water was warm. The waves were huge. I spent … Continue reading

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10 Years of Sunset Gun

Kim Morgan’s great site Sunset Gun turned 10 years old this August (a nice dovetail with Dorothy Parker’s recent birthday as well). Kim, who is one of the best writers working today, celebrates the moment by re-visiting the topic of … Continue reading

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The Best Concert Movies Ever Made

… in honor of Woodstock, which recently had its 45th anniversary, Jason Bailey at Flavorwire has put together a list of the 45 Greatest Concert Movies Ever Made. I liked the brief paragraph describing Gimme Shelter: In another — and … Continue reading

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