Tag Archives: Abbas Kiarostami

Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

Jafar Panahi, the talented and persecuted Iranian filmmaker, is – as everyone knows – banned from making films (he’s made 3 since the sentence came down), banned from traveling, and forbidden from speaking to foreigners or giving interviews (he continues … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Abbas Kiarostami

Iconic Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76, causing shock waves to erupt through the film world, his fans, and the critics who loved him. If you’ve seen just one of his films, you will know … Continue reading

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“The first time I saw Sidney [Poitier] was in A Warm December, the movie I affectionately refer to as ‘Put Your Damn Shirt Back On, Sidney!'”

If you’re not aware of the ongoing series “Black Man Talk,” between two of my pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone, then consider yourself informed. And run, don’t walk, to read the archive. These two powerhouse-intellects and writers don’t pair … Continue reading

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January 2016 Viewing Diary

“30 for 30” Chasing Tyson (2015; d. Steve Cantor) I love the 30 for 30 series on ESPN but had never seen this one, the story of Evander Holyfield’s pursuit of Mike Tyson. I’ve got a Tyson thing. I loved … Continue reading

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August 2015 Viewing Diary

Smell of Camphor, Scent of Jasmine (2000; d. Bahman Farmanara). A profound and touching (and very funny) film from Iran, written and directed by and starring Farmanara. It tells the story of a death-obsessed film director who hasn’t made a … Continue reading

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May 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 2 Episode 20 “Humbug” (1995; d. Kim Manners). Mulder and Scully investigate murders among circus-folk. Laugh-out-loud funny, especially Mulder in the fun-house, sliding out of the wall, gun drawn. The X-Files, Season 2 Episode 22 “The Calusari” … Continue reading

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For the Third Time, Certified Copy

First time I saw it at Keith and Dan’s. Three of us watching it in a living room. Second time I saw it at a press screening with about 10 critics in attendance at 11 a.m. in the morning. Tonight … Continue reading

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Certified Copy (2010): Original Vs. Copy: You Decide (Or Not).

The hypnotic and emotional Certified Copy, by great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, and starring Juliette Binoche (and an equally wonderful William Shimell, an opera-singer in real-life turned actor) opens this Friday in New York and Los Angeles. It is Kiarostami’s … Continue reading

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“How Much Is Real, How Much Fake?”

In preparation for the release of Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy this Friday, please check out this wonderful video essay on Fandor about Juliette Binoche (who won the Best Actress prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of … Continue reading

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