Category Archives: Film

No Turkeys

Deep compassion and irresistible deadpan humor (and characters with odd–and oddly appealing–faces) are hallmarks of the great Finnish filmmaker, Aki Kaurismäki’s work. (His films also have many canine co-stars–Tähti, Laika, Paju–all perfectly cast.) Six of his best films, all 35mm … Continue reading

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Leo and Bruce (Birthdays and Anniversaries)

Today Leo is 15 3/4 and although he’s very slow (serious time has to be budgeted for a walk around the block) and sleepy (of course dogs of all ages do a significant amount of napping), he’s in great shape … Continue reading

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A Chicago Summer of Changes

Needing a break from her depressive father (and longing for a teenager’s summertime meaure of freedom), lovely and uneasy 16-year-old Cyd (Jessie Pinnick, travels from South Carolina to Chicago to spend time with her aunt, Miranda (Rebecca Spence), a famous … Continue reading

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“A Combination of Michael Haneke and Larry David”

Director and writer Ruben Östlund’s new satire, the unlikely 2017 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or winner, “The Square,” like his earlier films, closely observes human behavior for the gulf between what his characters believe and how they put it into practice. … Continue reading

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If a Poplar Falls in the Forest (Stillwater Diary)

It had been a dark and stormy night (and a bunch of Labradors were sitting around the fire…oops, I digress)–dramatic wind, fiercer gusts. And the next morning, from all visual indications, the sounds the poplar made as it crashed through … Continue reading

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Unusual Appetites

Paul Bartel (1938-2000), best known as a character actor, was also a director with an incisive (and highly entertaining) take on violence as comedy, sexuality, perversity, race, greed and social-climbing. “The Films of Paul Bartel,” the first retrospective of his … Continue reading

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NYFF55: Special Events (Tragedy and Triumph)

The great documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann (“Shoah”) returns to the New York Film Festival with a four-part film, made from interviews done in the 1970s that didn’t make it into his masterwork. “Four Sisters” recounts the harrowing stories of four … Continue reading

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