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Gilda Radner: Her voice and her writing

There seems to be an endless fascination with the famed Saturday Night Live. While the merits of the weekly television show are continually debated...

Where the coconuts are

Zama — the latest from Argentinean writer/director Lucrecia Martel — opens with a parable: There is a fish, a long-suffering fish, which spends its...

Tennis, anyone?

Politics, cinema and literature can lie, not sport. —Jean-Luc Godard When one considers the history and scope of cinema, rarely do “how to” instruction videos...

Blue screens of death

Every few years, somebody gets a weird bug up their ass to make a movie that doesn’t look like a movie, from Hardcore Henry,...

One last toast to the wunderkind

Let us raise our cups. Standing as some of us do on opposite ends of the river, and drink together. ... To the movies....

Think about what you’re trying to do to me

Let’s go back, let’s go back; let’s go way on, way back when, back when we use to swipe our favorite alternative band’s cassette...

To live

Here dies Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura). For 30 years he has been pushing pencils and stamping government documents inside the cluttered offices of Tokyo’s...

Keeping up with the Joneses?

We seem to be talking about the American dream a lot these days. And not just how to get it, but what is it,...

Like clarifying history with lightning

It’s a famous shot from one of the most widely seen movies in the history of cinema: Scarlett O’Hara searching desperately for a doctor...

All things being equalized

Writing about The Equalizer 2 — unforgivably not titled The Sequelizer — has to be harder than actually writing The Equalizer 2. Sure, penning...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of Elvis

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is in search of the American Dream. To find it, he loads up Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce with a camera rig...

The eternal charm of the go-getter: Part two

If great comedy must involve something beyond laughter,” film critic James Agee writes, “Lloyd was not a great comedian. If plain laughter is any...
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