Monthly Archives: October 2015

Reality TV Invades “Once Upon a Time”

Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck), fierce, bearded, his long hair thinning, not fat but no longer taut, lives with Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher), appropriately named given her physicality and demeanor, and their four young daughters, in a ramshackle stone and brick house “that’s always been there.” The … Continue reading

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So Much Better Than Snakes on a Plane…

…a King Charles spaniel puppy on the 1 train. I considered calling this post “Stand clear of the closing jaw,” but the little sweetie poking his/her sleepy head out of an L.L Bean boating bag looks so yummy, it’s more likely that he/she would be taken a … Continue reading

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Frost and Snow (Stillwater Diary)

The two overnight frosts were unwelcome, making leaves droop, draining color from the flowers, but not unexpected. The snow (ok, flurries, but I saw at least three rounds and the flakes lingered on Leo’s shiny black coat before melting) on Sunday … Continue reading

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When Paranoia Is the Appropriate Response

“The Russian Woodpecker,” Chad Gracia’s debut film, a twisty documentary about Ukraine and Russia’s troubled, often violent past and present, is as fascinating as any expertly scripted political conspiracy thriller. The film’s protagonist, Ukrainian artist Fedor Alexandrovich, was four during the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and for his … Continue reading

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Ryder By Any Other Name

Happy seventh birthday, sweet beloved Ryder, aka PiePie, aka Puppa. It’s going to be a day full of your favorites–swimming, fetching and food.

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Chantal Akerman 1950-2015

Chantal Akerman, born in Brussels, died in Paris on Monday. She was 65. Critic J. Hoberman once wrote,  “Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation.” From her first masterpiece, “Jeanne … Continue reading

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Oxygen Deprivation and Dream Logic

Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson’s spectacular new film “The Forbidden Room” opens with a smarmy man (think Neil Hamburger’s uncle) offering instructions on how to take a bath (a monologue written by poet John Ashbery). From the benign bathwater, the story … Continue reading

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Grace Lee Boggs 1915-2015

Legendary activist, philosopher, author, educator and longtime Detroit resident Grace Lee Boggs died at home in her sleep early this morning. In June she had celebrated her 100th birthday by participating in a peace march. Boggs, who was the daughter of … Continue reading

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NYFF53: Revivals, Spotlight on Docs (A Post That Could Use Some Synonyms for Great)

The great Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira (who died earlier this year at 106) had, to understate it, a unique career. “Visit, or Memories and Confessions” which will be shown in NYFF53’s Revivals section on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00 pm … Continue reading

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