Monthly Archives: May 2013

What Makes Duddy Itch

A young man in a hurry in 50s Montreal, the eponymous (anti-ish) hero of Ted Kotcheff’s 1974 “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz,” is a blue-eyed bundle of anxiety and manic energy, speed-talking, in constant motion, constantly putting his hand down … Continue reading

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Celine and Jesse. 4-Ever?

In the timeless landscape of the Messinia region of Greece, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), drive and walk and talk (and talk) about their lives and love for each other and how things change. Director Richard Linklater’s wonderful … Continue reading

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On the Road

Two drifters with dim prospects meet on an empty western road (complete with tumbleweed) and throw in together in Jerry Schartzberg‘s great (and not well-enough known) 1973 Palme d’Or winner, “Scarecrow.” A road movie that in many ways created a … Continue reading

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Hell Décor

11/22/11: Ellen, attentive and kind, head RN at the nursing home said, “Your father is passing.”  I thought, but didn’t say, “Failing, actually,” not sure if a pun was appropriate. We moved Daddy to Calvary Hospital (in the Bronx, not far … Continue reading

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Before There Was Industrial Light + Magic

there was Ray Harryhausen, who died in London on Tuesday at 92.   The original genius of special effects and stop-motion animation, Harryhausen famously created the fantasy sequences in movies including “Jason and the Argonauts,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Beast … Continue reading

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