Tag Archives: Movies

On fighting the last liberal battles

I belonged to a Facebook film forum to which I’d often post links to my lists and reviews. On Friday afternoon a couple members and I had what I thought was a polite discussion about gender and sexuality and the … Continue reading

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Claire Denis: ‘Solitude is something very special…’

The New Yorker‘s Alice Gregory interviewed Claire Denis as the French director works on High Life, herEnglish-language début starring Robert Pattinson and André Benjamin of Outkast and set in space. Among many fascinating bits are the following: After buying coffee … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ takes ‘gleeful delight in torture and pain’

After mixing a second cocktail like I never do on school nights and blistering my fingertips, I endured an Oscar ceremony slightly less predictable than expected: the appearance of nonagenarian Eva Marie Saint, trim and still hardy with a grin … Continue reading

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Queering Kevin Spacey

Too young for Wiseguy, I recognized Kevin Spacey as a formidable actor after watching him play an office manager with more cunning than his colorlessness would suggest in the film version of Glengarry Glenn Ross. I wasn’t sure he coded … Continue reading

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Jonathan Demme: ‘inventiveness and visual intelligence’ to concert films

Slate’s Sam Adams uses a just released Justin Timberlake concert picture to adduce Jonathan Demme’s genius for shooting concert performances: But despite the victory-lap setup, Demme frames the concert as just another day on the job, especially for musicians and … Continue reading

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Dance the blues: Golden Globes 2017

A frivolity I can’t forego, the Golden Globes take place the evening before I return to work through a grueling new semester. If I want to know about “grueling,” let’s see how many awards the Hollywood Foreign Press hands to … Continue reading

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Best films of 1989 and 1990

1989 Enemies, A Love Story (Paul Mazursky) Drugstore Cowboy (Gus Van Sant) Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) Mystery Train (Jim Jarmusch) Say Anything… (Cameron Crowe) Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki) Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) The Fabulous Baker Boys (Steve … Continue reading

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Best films of 1991 and 1992

1991 My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant) Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston) La Belle Noiseuse (Jacques Rivette) JFK (Oliver Stone) Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg) Dogfight (Nancy Savoca) The Killer (John Woo) Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Eleanor Coppola) … Continue reading

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Best films 1993 and 1994

Continuing my series… 1993 The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies) The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang) Household Saints (Nancy Savoca) Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater) King of the Hill (Soderbergh) Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis) Ruby in … Continue reading

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Favorite 7

La Chienne To Be Or Not To Be Early Summer Advice & Consent Tootsie My Own Private Idaho Summer Hours #fav7films

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Brando is ‘going to want play it like a green suitcase’

Best Brando story ever: Brando lived in L.A. and I had to go and meet him. I called Jay Kanter, who was a very powerful agent and studio executive, and I said, “Can you give me any hints?” And he … Continue reading

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Love on the rocks: Brokeback Mountain

Many budding gay men learned about the power of spit lube from Brokeback Mountain, for which we should be grateful to Annie Proulx and director Ang Lee. In 2016 it’s hard to believe this Hollywood weeper started such chatter in … Continue reading

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