Monthly Archives: August 2012

To Sleep, Perchance to Meander

Thanks to an innovative marketing campaign (including a call for a boycott of the film by director of “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon),  Mike Birbiglia’s much-lauded, well-travelled (premiered at SXSW, screened at festivals in Provincetown, Seattle, Sundance, Boston and opened this … Continue reading

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Original Baadasssss Turns 80

When Melvin Van Peebles’ ground-breaking, earth-shattering, seismic-shifting “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” was released in 1971, the actor/director had already led several other remarkable lives–Air Force pilot, Tony-nominated Broadway playwright, novelist (writing in French), artist, TV news commentator and more. His … Continue reading

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Sam’s Centennial

I first saw films directed by the great Sam Fuller (1912-1997) at the Collective for Living Cinema on White Street.  “Naked Kiss,” “Pickup on South Street,” “Shock Corridor”: they were thrilling.  But his reputation and those of equally remarkable contemporaries, … Continue reading

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The Visible Secret Language of Identical Twins

Like identical twins who invent a verbal language of their own, Philadelphia-born filmmakers  Stephen and Timothy Quay, working since the late 1970s in Atelier Konick, their London studio, have created a unique and very beautiful visual language of puppetry and … Continue reading

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