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Who lives, who dies, who tells your story

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Alexander Hamilton was a thinker, a writer, a dreamer, a mind constantly at work. Born out of wedlock and orphaned on...

Home viewing: Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations

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Both born at the end of the 19th century, Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan Laurel) and Oliver Norvell Hardy (“Babe” to friends...

The lie that points toward the truth

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Gary Zimmer (Steve Carell) is a typical liberal elite, the kind they grow in labs somewhere along the coast. He dresses...

Home viewing: Satire streams

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A lecture may get your point across, but a story illustrates it better. And if you can smuggle in a little humor,...

The last masterpiece

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On April 23, 1917, Buster Keaton made his theatrical debut in Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s The Butcher Boy. Three years later, Keaton...

Home viewing: Silent clowns

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It’s mid-June, which means we ought to be full swing into Chautauqua’s Summer of Silents — the annual celebration of cinema...

He turned the engine, but the engine didn’t turn

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Lanky, hulking and almost always stooped, Scott Carlin (Pete Davidson) is 24 years old, jobless, directionless, and living in the same...

Home viewing: Spike Lee

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Spike Lee’s latest film, Da 5 Bloods, will be available to all with a Netflix login on June 12. Delroy Lindo,...

Five steps to love yourself

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Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) is the all-American girl next door. She’s bubbly and perky, lives in the suburbs with her parents...

Home viewing: Pride streams

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It was President Bill Clinton who first declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.” That was in 2000. In 2009, President...

We all go a little mad sometimes

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Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) is precisely the type of writer you’d expect to meet if you’d read one of her stories:...

Home viewing: Writers on screen

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Writers themselves aren’t that dramatic or empathetic a subject,” screenwriter Sarah Gubbins says. “As a genus and species they are wont...