‘Night and Day’: A Korean in Paris

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For an American viewer, the latest film by Korean director Hong Sang-Soo could be called “Culture Clash x Two.” “Night and Day” is about a 40-year-old Korean artist stranded in Paris for a few months while he waits for a drug charge back home to go away. Seong-nam Kim was caught smoking a joint with […] [Read More]
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Cleaning out the Columbia vaults

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Movie studios have utilized the compact size of the DVD format for all sorts of interesting multi-disc packages, but it’s hard to make much sense out of the Columbia Pictures “Martini Movies” series. When I first heard about the new Columbia line, I assumed the movies would be kitschy, retro flicks from the late 1950s/early […] [Read More]
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‘Rethink Afghanistan’: Obama’s Vietnam?

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Progressive journalist Robert Greenwald has produced strong documentaries about everything from big box stores (“Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price”) to the excesses of Fox News (“Outfoxed”). Through his Brave New Productions company, Greenwald has created a new template for up-to-the-minute, ever-evolving non-fiction filmmaking that combines traditional edited material on DVD with links to […] [Read More]
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The life and inebriated times of four ‘hellraisers’

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Equal parts funny and appalling, the new Robert Sellers book “Hellraisers” (St. Martin’s Press) takes us back to the glory days of stage and screen stars Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed. The men represent an earlier era of British theater and film when stars bragged about their drinking and womanizing exploits. […] [Read More]
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Rent it now: ‘Cutter’s Way’

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There is lots of Oscar buzz swirling around Jeff Bridges for his performance in the new indie film, “Crazy Heart.” An Academy Award for Bridges is long overdue. He has been delivering fine screen work for almost 40 years, and has never strayed too far from edgy offbeat filmmaking. One of my favorite Bridges movies is the 1981 thriller […] [Read More]
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Lansbury & Sondheim: artistic partners for 45 years

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Jesse Green does an excellent joint interview with Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim in the current New York magazine to mark last week’s opening of “A Little Night Music” on Broadway. The revival of the 1973 hit marks the third time Lansbury has worked on a Sondheim show on Broadway. The duo met on the […] [Read More]
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Yasmina Reza: The Neil Simon of our time?

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Back in Neil Simon’s prime, almost every Broadway season would bring with it a new contemporary comedy in which that hit-maker would invariably make a direct connection with the mainstream audience. Simon tended to write about rather ordinary middle-class New Yorkers faced with a sudden crisis — things like a marriage in trouble (“Barefoot in […] [Read More]
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‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: creepy & beautiful

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Joan Lindsay’s novel “Picnic at Hanging Rock” was suggested by an actual Australian mystery — the disappearance of three schoolgirls and one of their teachers on a country outing in 1900. No one ever figured out what happened to those who vanished, but speculation has included everything from murder-suicide to abduction by UFO to passing […] [Read More]
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