Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Guy’s Life and Work and His Country’s Transformation

“Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang” is the result of the unlikely pairing of the acclaimed Brazilian director Walter Salles (“Central Station”) and the great Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. While filmmaking styles and concerns would seem to separate the man from Rio from … Continue reading

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Animal Rights Are Person Rights

“We may be the only lawyers on earth whose clients are all innocent,” says pioneering animal rights lawyer Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Right Project (NhRP). His 30-year struggle’s recent groundbreaking successes are chronicled by legendary filmmaker team Chris Hegedus and D A Pennebaker in … Continue reading

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An American Original (and the films he made long before “underground” became a marketing come-on)

I saw director Robert Downey Sr.’s “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace” at a local duoplex.  I was in my mid-teens and went with my best friend and a tall boy I liked. None of us was old enough to be admitted according … Continue reading

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A Lilac Bush’s Semi-Unusual Prostrate Habit (Stillwater Diary)

Winter 2015’s late season heavy, wet snow sheared branches off the intricate old lilac bushes and toppled one, horizontal, parallel to the ground, but still tenuously rooted. The plant, ok with its new posture, survived, and the first lilac flower this deep dismal May opened on that bush. … Continue reading

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It’s the Land

“Sunset Song,” the great auteur Terence Davies’s powerful and romantic new film opens with a gorgeous bird’s-eye view of an endless golden field of gluten (I mean, wheat) and finds lovely Scottish schoolgirl Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn) seated in the stalks, nearly swallowed … Continue reading

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The It-est Girl

Anna Karina, who  between 1961 and 1966, starred in seven films made with her creative and romantic partner, Jean-Luc Godard, was a luminous, perfect presence in/of her moment, and preserved for the screen, that moment is forever. There has never been another actress like her. Godard … Continue reading

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Living Memory

“Sin Alas” (“Without Wings”) director and writer Ben Chace’s moving and lush new feature (shot on 16mm by Sean Price Williams), parallels the past and present (and the beginning of an unexpected future) of a Havana writer, who was a young child when the revolution … Continue reading

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