Monthly Archives: September 2015

“Let’s Do Some Wood”* (Stillwater Diary)

A big birch fell near the Groverkill (a gray birch, I think–Lexanne would know) during the torrential rain. Firewood from heaven, as Tom used to say. The bark, beautiful, waterproof (which is why native Americans used it for canoes), peels off readily, like old, … Continue reading

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NYFF53: Specials Events (“Brother” Is Here)

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, Joel and Ethan Coen’s rollicking reimagining of “The Odyssey by Homer,” is celebrating its 15th anniversary, screening as Special Event of NYFF53 on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 pm. Three escaped convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim … Continue reading

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NYFF53: Films “Beautiful and Vital”

The 53rd New York Film Festival, opening today and running thorough October 11, includes a main slate of 26 features, made by directors from North America, Europe and Asia, with a vast and exciting range of artistic sensibilities. Kent Jones, the Festival’s Director and Selection Committee … Continue reading

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Helicopters, Big Sky Country and Soup Can Rollers: 11 Weeks on the Road to “Paris, Texas”

I was surprised when Harris asked me to introduce a screening of “Paris, Texas” on September 15th at the IFC Center, which is the first venue for Wim Wenders’ comprehensive (28 films) and very exciting retrospective, “Portraits Along the Road.” I thought of Ringo … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Scandalous

Vanessa Williams, the first African-American Miss America, was crowned on September 17, 1983. And dethroned (the pageant says “resigned”) the following year after nude pictures surfaced, scheduled to be published in Penthouse. Thirty-two years later, it’s not just Miley Cyrus who’s … Continue reading

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All Over, All Over Again

The calendar says it’s still summer. My calendar (At-A-Glance 389–yeah, I know I can use my phone), aligned with the convention that Labor Day is the end of the (best) season, contradicts reality with entries for shoots, screenings, meetings. Good-bye … Continue reading

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Colbert Town

Of course I’m a fan. (And of Clooney too. Jeb! not so much.) Can’t wait to tune in.

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The first rule of Swimming Hole is: you do not talk about Swimming Hole (Stillwater Diary)

Over the Groverkill and through the woods, the hidden swimming hole is all but inaccessible from elsewhere for human animals. But not for the eagles, a great blue heron, ducks, toads, frogs and the cobalt and robin’s egg blue darning needles that land … Continue reading

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