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Philip Baker Hall, RIP

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On June 13, 2022
One of the truly great character actors of the last half-century is gone. When I think of Hall, I think of his great work in Hard Eight, Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film. That face. What a face. And then there’s the role that first got him major attention–as Nixon in the one-man performance in Secret […]

Liotta

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On May 26, 2022

Given the centrality of Goodfellas to the culture of this site, I am sure that we will have more to say about the passing of Ray Liotta. I was always surprised that after his brilliant start, not only

William Hurt, RIP

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On March 13, 2022

A legend is gone. [SL] Friend of the blog Glenn Kenny has a great tribute. I plan on screening Broadcast News and Body Heat at my earliest convenience… [EL} Kenny’s ability to put somethin

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This is the grave of Nita Naldi. Born in 1894 in a New York tenement to Irish immigrant parents, Nonna Dooley grew up very poor. Four of her five siblings died as children and her father abandoned the family in 1910. Dooley went to Catholic schools of course, none of that secular education for the […]

Indigenous Cinema

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On May 29, 2021

The Criterion Collection has long taken criticism for being very white and canonical in its approach. But with The Criterion Channel and its blog, it has really rectified that in great ways. Since it&

Kim Ki-Duk, RIP

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On December 12, 2020

The great Korean film maker has died of COVID-19, at the age of only 59. At this point, any discussion of Kim has to note that he was heavily implicated in the #MeToo movement in South Korea and it so

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Top Actors of the 21st Century

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On December 7, 2020
There is nothing like a good list about art to get people arguing. And so the New York Times’ Top 25 Actors of the 21st Century can get us talking. It’s the right list in that it combines very solid choices with eyeraising and even risible choices. Comments: 25) Gael Garcia Bernal–entirely defensible, he’s been […]
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