Monthly Archives: November 2014

Jane, Tess, the Cat, the Bear, the Angel (And the Others)

I went to a Diary Queen in Port Arthur, TX, with Nastassja Kinksi.  She was 23 and wearing soupcan rollers in her hair, which didn’t diminish that she was the most beautiful person I’d ever seen.  The other customers and the … Continue reading

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Activists as Pranksters

Nearly twenty years into their serious hoaxster crusade for economic and environmental justice, activists (and “each other’s perfect enablers”) Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum have zeroed in on climate change, and the last five years of their sophisticated pranks are documented in “The … Continue reading

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What Did Joe Know and When Did He Know It?

In Pennsylvania’s Happy Valley, community identity has long been inextricably entwined with that of the legendary Penn State football team, coached for more than 40 years by the iconic and much-loved Joe Paterno, aka JoePa, aka Saint Joe (who turned down lucrative … Continue reading

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“Interior Portraits”

I’m dog crazy (mine, Babette’s, friends’) and grin like a madwoman at every pup I pass on the street.  But I’ve managed to restrict the Venn diagram where my love of dogs and collectible objects overlap to vintage cast iron dog … Continue reading

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“And though she feels as if she’s in a play she is anyway”

Brandy Burre, the lovely titular “character” in Robert Greene’s fascinating new documentary, “Actress,” seems to live by a twist on Descartes, “I act, therefore, I am,”  and as a young performer with scant professional experience, she was selected by David Simon … Continue reading

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Fassbinder and His Friends, Part 2

When Rainer Werner Fassbinder, prodigious, original, unrestrained, died in 1982 at the age of 37, he left behind a miraculous body of work–nearly 40 feature-length films, made for theatrical distribution and German television, a mini-series “Eight Hours Are Not a Day” … Continue reading

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A Revered Institution (And the National Gallery Is Important Too)

Frederick Wiseman, undisputedly one of cinema’s masters, has followed up last year’s “At Berkeley,” a view of a great public university at a time of dwindling/disputed resources, with his 39th documentary, a tour of the workings of London’s National Gallery (not without … Continue reading

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