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I watched Abbas Kiarostami’s brilliant 1990 film Close-Up the other night. I saw this probably 20 years ago and wasn’t in a place to get it I guess. I thought it was kind of boring, as I recall. But I figured it was time to rewatch this and I am so glad I did. It’s […]
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Tonight’s film is a treat. Oscar Micheaux’s 1919 film Within Our Gates is the earliest surviving film by an African-American director. This version does not have sound, but honestly, if you put any classical or jazz album on while playing this, it will add a lot to the experience. This is my experience anyway with […]

Max Von Sydow, RIP

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On March 11, 2020

It took 63 years, but Max von Sydow finally lost that chess match with death. Von Sydow was genuinely one of the greatest actors of cinema history. His work with Bergman isn’t exactly hip these

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Best Movies of 2019

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On February 9, 2020
It’s bad enough to try and put together of a “best of” music post at the end of the year, but with film distribution realities and the cavalcade of prestige films that happen at the very end of the year to impress Oscar voters, it’s really impossible to do so with film unless you are […]

Danny Aiello, RIP

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On December 13, 2019

One of the truly great character actors is no more. Do the Right Thing (of course). But also Léon the Professional, Fort Apache the Bronx, Purple Rose of Cairo, and so many others, plus the father in

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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.

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

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