Monthly Archives: July 2016

Upscale Interiors and Glass Ceilings

A sleek and compelling thriller with a lot on its mind, “Equity” is set in the world of big money and high tech. Naomi Bishop (a hypnotic Anna Gunn), a highly driven and successful investment banker at Remson Partners, needs a spectacular IPO … Continue reading

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Sociopathy: Big Screen (Art) and Small (Not)

Hypnotic actor Brady Corbet’s unnerving directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” which he co-wrote with Monica Fastvold, proceeds with increasing dread, in counterpoint to its sumptuous photography (by Lol Crawley) of the dark and elegant rooms of a large provincial French house and the lovely landscape. Prescott (Tom … Continue reading

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Seeing The Market for the Trees

When I first watched “For The Plasma,” co-directed and co-edited by Kyle Mozlan and Bingham Bryant (who also wrote the script and produced) at 2014 BAMcinemaFest, I was entranced, if unable to wholly grasp the proceedings. But I was held by the … Continue reading

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Dandecide and Birds on a Dogleg (Stillwater Diary)

I don’t like yellow (unless it’s mixed with lots of red), with one big exception–Labrador fur. I particularly dislike dandelion yellow and I’ve been ridding  the lawn-ish and the spaces between the bluestones of the unwanted flowers. The plants have tenacious roots that … Continue reading

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Abbas Kiarostami 1940-2016

The great Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami died in Paris yesterday where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. In February 2013, Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love,” which had premiered in the United States at the 2012 NYFF, opened in New York and I wrote about … Continue reading

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Olivia de Havilland: 100

It was the 65th anniversary year of “Gone With The Wind.” Olivia de Havilland, long the sole surviving major cast member, and nearly 90 in April 2004, flew to New York from her home in Paris to talk about GWTW and the swashbucklers she … Continue reading

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