Tag Archives: Ukraine

November 2023 Viewing Diary

After Everything (2018; d. Hannah Marks, Joey Power) In early November, I holed up in a cozy little house in Connecticut with Allison and Carol. I had to work the whole time, which was a bummer but the night was … Continue reading

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2023 films I loved, in no particular order

On my Substack, open to all: my Top whatever Films of 2023. Unranked. An eccentric sampling, featuring some of the usual suspects but, more importantly, pointing towards some lesser-known films which – for whatever reason – got lost in the … Continue reading

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Solidarity

Walking through the West Village on an Arctic blast of a morning … … there were more, but it was too cold to stop and take pics of all of the visible manifestations of solidarity. Speaking of solidarity, the NY … Continue reading

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December 2022 Viewing Diary

The Whale (2022; d. Darren Aronofsky) I thought it was appalling, and not just for the obvious reasons (i.e. his body is viewed as literally a movie monster, with all these horror-movie shots of his gigantic ankles, etc.) And it … Continue reading

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Movies I Loved in 2022

It is the month of Top 10 Lists. I’ve submitted a few to different sites. And … each list is slightly different. Because I’m not a list person and I don’t rank things and I really don’t like to argue … Continue reading

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April 2022 Viewing Diary

When I first got the Raging Bull gig, I began a re-watch of all the Scorsese-De Niro movies – at least the ones clustered around that period. I grew up on these films. These movies were huge to me as … Continue reading

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Sunflowers uprightly burning

from Ukrainian Soviet director Oleksander Dovzhenko’s “Earth” (1930), one of the greatest of silent films. The Sunflowers, by Mary Oliver Come with me into the field of sunflowers. Their faces are burnished disks, their dry spines creak like ship masts, … Continue reading

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Jack Palance: “I feel like I walked into the wrong room by mistake.”

This incident should be much more well-known. I remember hearing about it when it happened (2004) and if you Google it, you find this full report – not sure what’s going on with that page, it was clearly uploaded to … Continue reading

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April 2021 Viewing Diary

Jewel Robbery (1932; d. William Dieterle) This glittering pre-Code, starring William Powell as a jewel thief, and Kay Francis as a married woman in love with her jewels, is such a subversive delight. Powell is devastatingly charming and Francis is … Continue reading

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2020 Books Read

What a year, huh. What a dumpster-fire year. I read a lot, mostly in the mornings, and it helped create rituals for the days, which often seemed endlessly the same, interchangeable. I read a lot of long and challenging books … Continue reading

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