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Monday, January 27 2014

One Must Remember the Past in Order to Rectify the Future

Jeffrey Stepakoff's The Melody of Secrets is a complex story of unrequited love, racial tensions, the space age, and the after-effects of World War II.


Thursday, December 19 2013

The Passionate Objectivity of ‘Le joli mai’

The rare documentary that captures its subjects honestly while revealing the filmmakers' intentions with candor and humor, Le joli mai continues to charm and enlighten a half-century on.


Friday, September 13 2013

‘Salinger’ and the Hard Sell

The documentary Salinger does a decent job of filling in the blanks of the writer's already examined life. What it doesn't do is answer the most important question surrounding the scribe's life. Why?


Monday, June 3 2013

‘Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC’: Trash Talk and Poetry

The film captures the sheer joy and the sincere commitment players bring to the battle, their mutual appreciation and their deep understanding of history.


Friday, April 12 2013

‘This Ain’t California’: Skateboarding, Filmmaking, and Finding Freedom

In Alexanderplatz, the skate punks find the perfect place to stretch out and fly, to resist and have fun, they find "corners, edges, and smooth surfaces everywhere: it was fantastic."


Wednesday, November 9 2011

Our Animals, Ourselves: Jenny Diski’s ‘What I Don’t Know About Animals’

Don’t be fooled by the cover. Jenny Diski’s book isn’t really about animals; it’s about us.


Thursday, November 3 2011

The Quest to Understand Tribe

This is supposed to be a documentary, not a fan letter. So how about some balance? It's big picture time when it comes to telling the story of hip-hop.


Wednesday, November 2 2011

‘Maxwell Street Blues’ Is a Toe-Tapping Time Capsule

Viewing Maxwell Street Blues paradoxically stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and elation. Much like what happens when singing the blues.


Monday, October 24 2011

The Genius of Charlie Chaplin in ‘Modern Times’

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.


Tuesday, September 20 2011

Buster Keaton the Inventor and Charlie Chaplin the Conjurer

The films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin share a fraternal vitality and invention.


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Oswalds Ghost (Reviews) [30.Nov.07]
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