Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hellebores False and True (Stillwater Diary)

Our first spring in Stone Ridge, Sally, who’d long lived part-time in Accord, on the Stonykill, identified the glowing green, pleated leaves poking out of muddy areas around the Groverkill–false hellebores. Some years the false hellebores extend their sturdy stems upward, above the leaves, … Continue reading

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All Human Beings Are Legal

“Who Is Dayani Cristal?” by Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver (who directed) zeroes in on the story of one migrant from Honduras, starting simultaneously from the end and the beginning of his 3,200 kilometer journey from El Escanito, Francisco Morazon province, … Continue reading

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Remembering How to Ride

We went to the Île de Ré, France’s island in the Atlantic, for a few days in the summer of 1988.  We were part of the problem (the mash of tourists), which had been exacerbated by the building of the bridge … Continue reading

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There Will Be Mud (Stillwater Diary)

Mud season, early spring’s insistent sibling–not my favorite, although oddly photogenic.  I prefer May, June, warmer, my Kwanzan cherry and rhododendrons in bloom.  And there’s a masterpiece by Ozu, “Late Spring,” starring the sublime Setsuko Hara.

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If I Were Doing the Hiring…

John Turturro’s fifth film as writer and director, “Fading Gigolo,” has a warm glow, as if it had been shot through honey, and tells a sweet story.  But to slightly adapt what my friend Jeff countered when I offered, “But he’s nice,” in defense of a mutual … Continue reading

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Adam and Eve: World Without End

Centuries-married and still in love, bed-head coiffed vampires Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are living separately in Detroit and Tangier.  Sensing that her virtuoso musician husband, finding the modern world a bad fit, is depressed, she methodically books a red-eye.  Shortly after her arrival, the joy … Continue reading

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Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Lars von Trier’s “Nympomaniac: Volume I” starts in darkness (the screen is black) with the sounds of water dripping on metal and “Volume II” ends in darkness with the sounds of frantic footsteps running away.  In between Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), self-described … Continue reading

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