Monthly Archives: June 2016

Of Primary Importance

Jerry Nadler, my progressive, courageous, hard-working Congressman (New York’s 10th district, which includes large swaths of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn) is facing an unusual opponent in today’s Democratic primary. Unusual in that Nadler is rarely challenged within his own party (and then … Continue reading

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The Eternal Other

Thomas Bidegain’s debut feature, the elegantly shot (“anamorphic ‘Scope, using old lenses”) and deeply unsettling, “Les Cowboys,” takes John Ford’s iconic 1956 western, “The Searchers” as its framework and updates it with the geopolitical realities of globalization. (And while this is Bidegain’s first directorial … Continue reading

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Glass+Extreme Heat=Beauty

After college, glass artist Joan Ensminger says, she “chose commerce over art and pursued a career as a corporate marketing director.” But in 2007 she was introduced to the 5,000-year-old process of kiln-formed glass and with a rare sense of color … Continue reading

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In the Dark, In the Light

With the summer solstice arriving in less than a week, it’s again time to spend evenings in dark rooms in Brooklyn. The eighth edition of BAMcinemaFest, the annual feast of fiction, documentary and hybrid independent films, includes 27 features (23 New York premieres) and 10 … Continue reading

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Flag Day 2016

While I still feel the yearn for the gentleman from Vermont (whose accent charms my ear, reminding me of my wonderful father from the Bronx/Brooklyn), it’s time to support the gentlelady, lately from Chappaqua/Brooklyn, whose accent approximates that of my … Continue reading

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Her Mother’s Art, and Her Own

Objectivity and access, issues in documentary filmmaking, are upended in Beth B’s probing and intimate portrait of her complicated mother, the great New York-based artist, Ida Applebroog. Using new and archival footage and stills, Beth B explores the biography, the work and the enormous intertwining. Applebroog … Continue reading

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Back to the Future

About an hour and 13 minutes into “Kamikaze 89” (1982), director and writer Wolf Gremm’s manic view of a dystopian future, loyal and competent assistant Anton (Günther Kaufmann), says to his mercurial boss, Police-lieutenant Jansen (the great auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder), “Tell … Continue reading

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