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EO, written by Jerzy Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska.

I’m writing this review to purge my feelings. I don’t know why I thought a movie about a donkey on a journey was going to end on an upbeat note. Maybe it’s because we’re taught by Disney to expect upbeat … Continue reading

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The Inspection, by Elegance Bratton

This movie could work easily as pure fiction, but it is based on the author’s real life experience in deciding to become a marine, given that his choices in life are bleak. In reality, Elegance Bratton has told people that … Continue reading

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Bones and All, directed by Luca Guadagnino, screenplay by David Kagjanich, novel by Camille DeAngelis

Back when I still had a writers group, or maybe it was in a class, we were talking about the absolute glut of books and movies about vampires. It began, probably, with Ann Rice, but really Bram Stoker and the … Continue reading

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Aftersun by Charlotte Wells

The reviews are splendid. Heart-stopping. Best film of the year. You won’t walk away the same person. Masterful. Stops you in your tracks. Well no, it doesn’t. What it does have is a very delicate sense of mystery. Sophie is … Continue reading

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TÁR by Todd Field.

(Spoilers all the way through, including the end.) Many of the people who saw this in the theatre with me groaned at the end, and several came up to me and asked me if I understood what “that was all … Continue reading

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The Death of the adversary, by Hans Keilson

I read this some time ago — probably around 2009 when it and his other novel were re-issued for the 100th anniversary of his birth. (He died at 101.) His novels had been out of print and unavailable since 1962. … Continue reading

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George Michael, a life, by James Gavin

This was a great biography. Someone asked me at a dinner who my favorite singer was and I almost instantly answered George Michael. He had been dead 3 years at that point. But I’m not exactly sure why. It just … Continue reading

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Blonde, by Andrew Dominik, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates

This is a divisive movie, but only because so many people have invested so much time and energy in thinking, reading, watching, and staring at Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortensen), including, but not limited to, this filmmaker and the writer … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry Darling

by Katie Silberman (screenplay) Carey Van Dyke (story) Shane Van Dyke (story)Directed by Olivia Wilde I want to add my two cents because this has been getting some bad reviews and a lot of the invented arguments over Harry Styles … Continue reading

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Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

I had previously seen at the New York Film Festival one of this filmmaker’s earlier films called Tropical Malady which was a mysterious but absolutely beautiful film about a couple of guys who fall in love. They are completely different: … Continue reading

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