Category Archives: Movies

The Nice Guys (2016)

More later, but I just wanted to say: Don’t miss it. It’s in theaters now. It got great reviews. But nobody went to see it. It should be seen. This is old-fashioned buddy-cop entertainment with so many great elements (comedy, … Continue reading

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Film Society at Lincoln Center: Anna Magnani Retrospective 5/18-6/1

In a recent radio interview about Gena Rowlands, host Jason Di Rosso asked me what other actresses might even enter the foyer of the foyer of what Gena Rowlands does as an actress. I’ve got my Top 4: Gena Rowlands, … Continue reading

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The Lobster (2016)

I loved this cynical bitter film, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (making his English-language film debut). I was afraid it would cop out at the end. It doesn’t. And as someone who “identifies” as a cultural outlaw, a renegade, an … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Anna Karina Is In New York!

That’s what it’s been like in New York in the film and moviegoer community over the last week or so. French New Wave actress (and one-time wife of Jean-Luc Godard – at one point they were the hippest coolest couple … Continue reading

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Dheepan (2016); d. Jacques Audiard

Let me take this moment to recommend Jacques Audiard’s 2012 film Rust and Bone, starring Marion Cotillard and Mathias Schoenaerts, a film that was … not ignored, but kind of dismissed at the time, and there was some criticism of … Continue reading

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Dough (2016)

Criticizing Dough makes me feel like a black-hearted witch, especially since everyone involved means well. The movie should be called Combatting Prejudice for Dummies. I mean, look at that poster. This is the kind of movie that will be called … Continue reading

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Sin Alas (2016)

Sin Alas is the first American film to be shot in Cuba since 1959. That alone makes it notable, but there’s a lot more to recommend it. (I’m a huge fan of the cinematographer as well.) I recommend it. It … Continue reading

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April 2016 Viewing Diary

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016; d. Taika Waititi) My favorite thing I saw at Tribeca. It hasn’t opened yet but this is one you want to see. My review here. Midsummer in Newtown (2016; d. Lloyd Kramer) I was … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. What a career. And it’s still unfolding. There are so many classic scenes. Tommy. Carnal Knowledge. Of course, too, there is the … Continue reading

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July and Half of August: Some Screengrabs

Last February there was the madness of making a movie, with serious discussions about pool balls, how to film neon signs, how to hide Green Bay Packers memorabilia, Annika/Monica confusion, plus what kind of ice cubes go in a glass … Continue reading

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