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“That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.” — Sofia Coppola

It’s her birthday today. Doing these posts is a way to pull up things from my gigantic archives. I might as well find ways to share them. But it’s also a reminder of how much I haven’t written. Topics I … Continue reading

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June 2021 Viewing Diary

La Notte (1961; d. Michelangelo Antonioni) Pauline Kael included La Notte in her infamous essay titled “The Come-Dressed-As-the-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties”. Now you can debate her on this opinion – and I think she’s off (although I think it’s a hilarious title). … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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Performances I Loved This Year

I still haven’t seen a couple of big ones. Hence … it’s a work in progress, and I’m sure I’m forgetting people. But these stand out. Royalty Hightower, “The Fits” [My review] Matthias Schoenaerts, “A Bigger Splash” Cliff Curtis, “The … Continue reading

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2016 Movies To See

Out Now Out Soon Out Earlier This Year

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Review: Hail, Caesar! (2016); d. The Coen Brothers

That’s the official poster. Boring. I like this one much better. In comparison to Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! has an outlook on humanity that is damn near sunny. Inside Llewyn Davis’ was a well-observed portrayal of the coffee-house folk-music … Continue reading

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The Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!: “I Can’t Wait” Doesn’t Even Begin to Cover It

I’m hyperventilating. Scarlett Johanssen as a cross between Esther Williams, Jean Harlow, and Carole Lombard? Her voice! The tough-dame voice that no longer exists in cinema anywhere? Tilda Swinton as Hedda Hopper? George Clooney as a pre-verbal Clark Gable type? … Continue reading

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Gravity (2013)

SPOILERS AHEAD I saw this at a press screening the week before it opened. I then went to see it in an IMAX situation on Sunday. Even on a smaller screen in a private screening room, the film is overwhelming. … Continue reading

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2011 Oscars: Best Actor Nominees

This article originally appeared on Capital New York. Demián Bichir as Carlos Galindo in A Better Life Mexico-born actor Demián Bichir plays Carlos, an undocumented immigrant struggling to get by in Los Angeles, working as a gardener, and sleeping on … Continue reading

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Review: The Ides of March (2011)

This review was originally published on Capital New York. American politics can be a dirty business. For whom is this a surprise? So-called upright men who declare themselves our leaders have been found in all kinds of compromising undignified positions, … Continue reading

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