Monthly Archives: May 2014

Punk Band (of Outsiders)

To call Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are The Best!” a feel-good movie isn’t quite accurate but it is a wonderful, noisly exuberant work about feeling young, different, rebellious, confused and finding friends and oneself.  Set in Stockholm in 1982 and based on Moodysson’s wife … Continue reading

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Fassbinder and His Friends

I wrote to Rainer Werner Fassbinder in Munich, in May 1982, on the back of a small print of one of my portraits of Douglas Sirk.  I had an assignment from Portfolio, a soon-to-go-extinct art magazine, to photograph Documenta 7 in Kassel that June, and being quite young, … Continue reading

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Botanical Invader: If Godzilla Were A Shrub (Stillwater Diary)

Mike, the forester, with deep and living knowledge, visited us to talk about our forest and its trees–maples, oaks, pines, hickories, hemlocks, birches, poplars.  As we walked, he  pointed to a pleasingly-shaped shrub, said it was Japanese barberry and that it was … Continue reading

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Jeu of Thrones

The late Patrice Chéreau’s 159-minute director’s cut of “Queen Margo,” a lavish, sensual spectacle immersed in the bloody chaos of 16th century France, has been newly restored for its 20th anniversary. Catholic Marguerite de Valois (the ethereally beautiful Isabelle Adjani), is forced by her beloved oldest … Continue reading

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Identity, Chosen and Imposed

A film shot in b&w in these digital times often seems like the visual equivalent of stunt casting (think “Nebraska”).  Not so director/co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski’s spectacular “Ida,” its palette suited to a colorless time, 1962, Communist Poland. With beautiful, precisely framed and composed … Continue reading

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