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Archive for May, 2011

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Posted by Web Manager on May 22, 2011

Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg

Oddly inspiring. I saw it on a plane and the audio was terrible but I shoved those fucking buds as far into my ears as I could so as not to miss a word.  Rivers is a very funny woman with an admirable work ethic and a candidly pathological need for attention.

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* * * The Rosy Crucifixion II * * *

Posted by Web Manager on May 19, 2011

Suddenly he realized that he had collected an audience. “Go home!” he shouted, raising both arms to shoo the crowd away. “Are we selling shoelaces here? What is it with you? Must I rent a hall to speak a few words in private to a friend? This is not Russia. Go home . . . shoo!” And again he brandished his arms.

No one budged. They simply smiled indulgently. Apparently they knew him well, this Nahoum Yood. One of them spoke up in Yiddish. Nahoum Yood gave us a sad complacent sort of smile and looked at us helplessly.

“They want that I should recite to them something in Yiddish.”

“Fine, I said, “why don’t you.”

He smiled again, sheepishly this time. “they are like children,” he said.  “Wait, I will tell them a fable. You know what is a fable, don’t you? This is a fable about a green horse with three legs. I can only tell it in Yiddish . . . you will excuse me.”

The moment he began talking Yiddish his whole countenance changed.  He put on such a serious, mournful look that I thought he would burst into tears any moment. But when I looked at his audience I saw that they were chuckling and giggling.  The more serious and mournful his expression, the more jovial his listeners grew. Finally they were doubled up with laughter.  Nahoum Yood never so much as cracked a smile. He finished with a dead-pan look in the midst of gales of laughter.

“Now,” he said, turning his back on his audience and grasping us each by the arm, “now we will go somewhere and hear some music. I know a little place on Hester Street, in a cellar. Roumanian gypsies.  We will have a little wine and some Mysterium, yes? You have money? I have only twenty three cents.” He smiled again, this time like a huge cranberry pie.

– from Plexus, by Henry Miller

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Unknown

Posted by Web Manager on May 18, 2011

Jaume Collet-Serra 2011

Liam Neeson loses his identity while on a business trip to Europe. His wife pretends not to know him – but why? By the time you find out you won’t really care. Despite having all the standard ingredients of a good thriller, UNKNOWN is better left unseen.

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Hardcore

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

Paul Schrader 1979

George C. Scott plays a desperate man trying to find his runaway daughter by posing as a porn producer in Hollywood’s 1970’s underbelly. This was back when porn was still shot on film and the only way to see it was to go to the theater. It’s an interesting scary vision of the Sunset Strip, and you never forget who George C. Scott is or what he’s after.

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Fast Food Fast Women

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

Amos Kolleck 2000

Anna Thompson does a great turn as a single woman in her thirties in New York at the beginning of the century. She flashes her neighbors, lies down in front of oncoming traffic, and works in a diner. The director is the son of Teddy Kolleck, the much loved former mayor of Jerusalem.

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Minnie and Moskowitz

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

John Cassavetes 1971

One of my favorite Cassavetes films. Gena Rowlands and Sam Cassell as the title characters. Great play between them, between men and women, between older people and younger people, between love and commitment, between New York and Los Angeles. The scene where the mothers meet could have been written by Woody Allen.

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Cyrus

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

Jay and Mark Duplass 2010

Strange little movie starring a bloated Jonah Hill as a full grown oedipal mess who wages war on his mother’s new boyfriend (John C. Reilly, playing opposite Marissa Tomei).  Strong acting, especially the party scene at the beginning and Jonah Hill’s face while he plays the synth.

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Cecil B. Demented

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

John Waters 2000

A celebration of movie madness.  Newfound respect for Melanie Griffith, as a movie star kidnapped by a Baltimore filmmaker and his misfit crew of indie pirates.

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Sexy Beast

Posted by Web Manager on May 15, 2011

Jonathan Glazer 2000

I wish more movies were like this.  Confident and interesting and beautiful and surprising and funny.  And Ben Kingsley’s rants are the stuff of legends.

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The Last Shot

Posted by Web Manager on May 13, 2011

Jeff Nathanson 2004

No one’s heard of this. I bought it based on the cover of the DVD. I liked it a lot, mainly because it’s based on the true story of an FBI agent (Baldwin) who poses as a film producer to bust an organized crime union thing, and actually bankrolls a movie production with FBI money and even hires a poor schmuck (Broderick) to direct the picture. The film belongs to Broderick’s director, and is itself a kind of swan song for Nathanson and poor schmuck directors everywhere . Nathanson is better known as a screenwriter (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, RUSH HOUR 2, and THE TERMINAL). THE LAST SHOT is the first, and to date, only, film he has directed.

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