Monthly Archives: February 2015

Wings of Hope

Billy Casper (David Bradley), dirty-faced and shabbily dressed, already futureless at 15, lives on a housing estate in Barnsley, a coal mining town in Northern England.  He sleeps in the same sagging bed with his abusive older brother and is generally … Continue reading

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Aquaman Saved From Drowning

Director Karim Aïnouz’s new film, “Futuro Beach,” is an elliptically told and impressionistically photographed mediation on love, loss and choosing one’s life. Donato (Wagner Moura), a young Brazilian who loves the sea (and is so at home and skilled in the … Continue reading

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Screwball Romantic Comedy or Noirish Murder Mystery? Yes.

Subject to fits of exuberance (which include jumping up and down) and pique (which include jumping up and down), Barri (Sophia Takal), is adored by her fiancé Noah (Lawrence Michael Levine), whose affect is much more subdued. He “loves her crazy energy.” His … Continue reading

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“The Relationship Between Memory and Imagination Is Mysterious Territory”

In the truly enjoyable and very moving “Queen and Country,” John Boorman’s sequel of sorts to his wonderful autobiographical film, “Hope and Glory” (1987)–the account of a nine-year-old boy’s experiences during the blitz in London–the great director revisits his alter ego, Bill Rohan. It’s now 1952. Bill (charming, … Continue reading

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Puphood

Leo is 13 today, lucky us–our sweet, hungry, athletic teenager, doing his best to raise the average life expectancy of Labradors everywhere. (Oops, we’re totally unprepared for a bark mitzvah.) I’m not sure whether or not Pope Francis said there are … Continue reading

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Pretty/Dismal (Stillwater Diary)

My four years in Binghamton should have accustomed me to perpetual snow, gray skies and general dreary. But I still resent living subject to polar pigs, Alberta clippers, etc., and (except when I’m snowshoeing and get what’s attractive about this season) spend my winters California … Continue reading

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Love’s (Willing) Labor

Joe Callander’s “Midnight Three & Six” is an amazing film, quietly demonstrating how simple love can be (even in a very complicated situation ) and how normal it is to want to grow up and be independent. Grace, 15, has had particularly … Continue reading

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