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Medium Cool Indeed

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On October 11, 2019
For an actor who was never really successful or a star, Robert Forster sure was in a lot of interesting films. And whatever you make think of Tarantino he’s always had a brilliant eye for great and forgotten actors, as he showed with Forster in Jackie Brown. RIP. Share

Cokie

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On September 17, 2019

Cokie Roberts is dead. I take no particular joy in her passing. But she was terrible, a walking symbol of Beltway journalism with its extremely limited willingness to admit that anything like a left e

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Fonda

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On August 16, 2019
Peter Fonda was more myth than actor, thanks to him living a lifetime of fame based on Easy Rider. That movie doesn’t necessarily age well, especially the acid trip scene in New Orleans, but you can’t really overstate its importance. Fonda also had quality acting chops of his own, possibly equal to his sister if […]

David Berman, RIP

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On August 7, 2019

David Berman has died from suicide. The Silver Jews were perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but I found them one of the best and certainly most unique bands of the last 25 years. I hadn’t ye

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Perot

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On July 9, 2019
I suppose I should have something useful to say about Ross Perot’s death, but I really don’t. I always push back on the myth that Perot cost George Bush his reelection in 1992, when in reality Perot was entering into a very weird time in our politics, where the massive reshuffling of parties led to […]

Tony Horwitz, RIP

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On May 28, 2019

Tony Horwitz has died suddenly, only 60 years old. I can’t say what an important book Confederates in the Attic was when it came out in 1998. It’s really a pioneering book in the popular u

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Bibi Andersson, RIP

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On April 14, 2019
The great Swedish actress has died. It’s hard to overstate how wonderful she was in so many Ingmar Bergman films (as well as how skilled he was at getting amazing performances and writing meaty roles for women, a real problem for so many great male directors). Of course everyone is going to focus on Persona […]

Agnès Varda, RIP

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On March 29, 2019

The brilliant and pioneering filmmaker Agnès Varda has died. In my view, the second greatest living director, behind only Scorsese, Varda’s career is a tribute to the glory of film as a medium,

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