Category Archives: Film

(Not Your Average) Two for the Road

Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), a successful but dispirited middle-aged Bangkok architect, grown distant from Bo (Penpak Sirikul), his glamorous wife, and tired of working for a young slickster with dubious taste, is in need of redemption, or at least a major … Continue reading

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I Laughed! I Cried! (I Just–Uncharacteristically–Used Exclamation Points)

“The Big Sick,” is a giant-hearted, irresistibly funny romcom with serious things on its mind–romantic love, love of family and corresponding responsibility, ethnicity, immigrant culture coexisting uneasily with the American mainstream, illness, and the need to do fulfilling work, even … Continue reading

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Violence Begets Violence

Alan Clarke’s once-banned “Scum” (1979), an unflinching look at violence, racism and suicide in a British reform school has lost none of its punch-to-the-gut power. The film was originally made for the BBC in 1977, which refused to show the … Continue reading

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Greeting Summer With Great Cinema

The ninth edition of BAMcinemaFest, the eagerly anticipated annual Brooklyn banquet of fiction, documentary and hybrid independent films, includes 28 features (24 New York premieres, one North American premiere and two world premieres) and nine shorts. Gina Duncan, BAM’s Associate Vice … Continue reading

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“What We Get to Do With the Truth Once We Have Found It”

“Moka,” director and co-writer Frédéric Mermoud’s psychological thriller is a study of unbearable loss (the loss of a child) and life’s not unexpected wounds–the loss of youth, love, relationships. Shot on the Franco-Swiss border in the lovely, tidy towns of … Continue reading

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The Secret of the Ooze (Stillwater Diary)

Cedar-apple rust, intriguingly off-earth in its form, exuded orange slime when, cut from the tree, it hit the ground. I jumped out of its path. Unlike in East Hampton, where we chose a Rome apple tree with sinuous limbs, here … Continue reading

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The Depths

The main word in the title of director Bette Gordon’s sleek psychological thriller, “The Drowning,” is transformed from a noun to a verb as her characters revisit a decade-old, horrific crime. Photographed in wide screen by ace cinematographer Radium Chung, … Continue reading

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