Monthly Archives: March 2015

Dark Moods in A Sun-Bleached Landscape

Director Rick Alverson follows up his highly polarizing previous feature, “The Comedy” (I’m thumbs up), with a story of another, albeit very different, man at loose ends. In “Entertainment,” Neil Hamburger (Gregg Turkington’s standup persona), makes his way in his corroded … Continue reading

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Viewing A Great Photographer’s Whole Earth Catalog

Wim Wenders’ new documentary, “The Salt of the Earth,” an homage to the legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, explores the life and work of the artist/humanitarian/ecologist. Co-directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the photographer’s filmmaker son, who had already shot vast hours of footage of his father while he had “taken … Continue reading

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Un Cuento de Dos Ciudades

For generations, before the drug cartels metastasized into Piedras Negras, Mexico, and the construction of the xenophobes’ wall was begun in Eagle Pass, TX, the neighbors on opposite sides of the Rio Grande lived together harmoniously, doing business together, celebrating together, intermarrying. During … Continue reading

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A Space for the Light

Alexandre Schmid (Fabrizio Rongione, recently seen as Marion Cotillard’s supportive husband in “Two Days, One Night”), a brilliant Swiss architect, deeply concerned that his work has become moribund, sets off on an intellectual journey to Italy.  His guide is the Baroque genius, … Continue reading

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A Song to Drown Out the Bad News From Israel

The five-column headline on the front page of today’s New York Times (yes, I still look at print), “Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival,” trumpeted the Israeli prime minister’s win, his fourth term. The victory, after what had appeared to be  a … Continue reading

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J’adore Seymour

My headline really isn’t irreverent. While Seymour Bernstein, the peerless subject of Ethan Hawke’s wonderful new documentary, “Seymour: An Introduction,” is undeniably a man with a profound worldview, he’s also warm, generous, funny and a bit bawdy. Hawke says that when he met Bernstein at a … Continue reading

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We’ll Always Have Rendez-Vous

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the New York Francocinephile’s feast, in its 20th edition, features work that is  glamorous, challenging, provocative, entertaining, original. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance film’s 2015 lineup includes 22 features and four shorts, from emerging and established directors. In the … Continue reading

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