Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pros at Con

In director Craig Zobel’s first feature, “Great World of Sound,” Pat Healy plays an unwitting con artist, feeding the dreams of would-be pop idols, picking their mostly shallow pockets to produce useless demos. In Zobel’s follow-up, “Compliance,” Healy, barely seen … Continue reading

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A Radiant Baby

  Six-year-old Hushpuppy (luminous, irreplaceable Quvenzhané Wallis), filled with a young child’s sense of wonder (and a survivor’s steel) makes her own sense of the irrational, inexplicable, tragic.  The center of director Benh Zeitlin’s beautiful hyper-real folk tale,”Beasts of the … Continue reading

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Reasons to Sit Indoors on a Sunny Saturday

Brothers and filmmaking partners, 20-something New Yorkers Josh Safdie and Ben Safdie have curated a program of shorts, “Take Me to the Balloony Bin!” for BAMcinemaFest, screening today at 2 pm.  The Safdies latest, “The Black Balloon,” follows the eponymous … Continue reading

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Mise-en-scene, now and then

In the last week I’ve been photographing members of a new generation of American filmmakers participating in BAMcinemaFest (June 20-July 1).  The energy reminds me of my first shoots with directors (and actors) in the early 80s, with members of the … Continue reading

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Flag Day 2012

“And Forever In Peace May You Wave”

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Confederates in the Subway

As Patrick and I waited for Jennifer and Sarah inside the entrance to the Times Square subway station, I thought I heard “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” being played below us.  Sure that it was an acoustical distortion–when I … Continue reading

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