Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Lovely, Dark, and Deep” (Stillwater Diary)

A walk in the woods along the Groverkill, through melting snow, as 2015 winds down.

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Boxing Day

As today’s boxfull of emails and screaming TV commercials exhort, if Santa didn’t pick up your signals, now get yourself what your heart desires. More buy-buy-buy babel but you could gift yourself Boxing Day at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, watching one … Continue reading

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Green Christmas (Stillwater Diary)

Yesterday I did something I’d never done before on a Christmas Eve day–went outside with wet hair, like a teenager in L.A. The temperature on my phone read 65°. We walked to the Groverkill to cut watercress for a salad to accompany an onion tart, … Continue reading

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Fissures Physical and Emotional

In our early 20s, my group of women friends (not so long ago having taken Philosophy 101) jokingly likened our dates to Kierkegaard’s aesthetic man–boys who didn’t want to limit their options, narrow their horizons, choose. But Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay), … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

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Moral Dilemmas in Hell

Director and co-writer László Nemes’s brilliant debut feature, “Son of Saul” is a wrenchingly visceral, immersive experience, fusing the viewer with Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig, perfect), a Hungarian Jewish Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film is claustrophobically (and strikingly) shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio, … Continue reading

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“Profound Affinities and Eerie Correspondences”

In the series “Lynch/Rivette,” the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents seven double features, pairing major works (some that obviously fit together and others connected more abstractly) by the two masters. And although David Lynch and Jaques Rivette share little demographically, their thematic … Continue reading

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