New York Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea


  Few directors are able to make a film that successfully blurs the line between tragedy and comedy, while also maintaining a tone that is unquestionably dramatic. It helps that the film is set during an overcast snowy New England winter; that its set in a working class environment; and has an score that features […]

Streaming on Netflix: Miss Lovely’s director Ashim Ahluwalia


Director, Ashim Ahluwalia—whose first feature film, Miss Lovely, currently streaming on Netflix—is not your typical Bollywood director.  I interviewed Ahluwalia last year and he was not what I expected, as I anticipated meeting the next big blockbuster Bollywood director.  He’s a down-to-earth guy, well-informed and totally aware of his field, and passionate about making movies that […]

New York Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea


Manchester by the Sea is the one to see at this year’s New York Film Festival. Writer, director Kenneth Lonergan’s film is deeply moving, honest, and surprisingly funny. Casey Affleck’s truthful performance is detailed, restrained, and refreshingly organic. He is surely this year’s Oscar front runner. .  

Secret Agent (1936)


They’re well nigh on being 80 years old, but the films of Alfred Hitchcock’s British Period, his vastly entertaining oeuvre before he crossed over the pond to the cinematic heights of Hollywood, are looking as fresh and fascinating as ever. Case in point: Secret Agent, a very fine spy picture that boasts some haunting visual set […]

Streaming on Netflix: The Nightmare


To highlight one of the many movies we’ve covered in the past that’s now currently streaming on Netflix, we are reposting our 2015 feature on The Nightmare. The interview below features one of the stars of The Nightmare, Kate Angus who recently published her beautifully realized debut book So Late to the Party. “There’s nothing we can do […]

Movie-still Monday: Pete’s Dragon


For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes […]

Movie-Still Monday Olympics Edition: Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

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Today’s Movie-Still Monday celebrates the Olympic games in Rio with director’s Kon Ichikawa documentary masterpiece Tokyo Olympiad. A film commissioned by the Japanese government to show a new positive post-World War II image. The beautifully shot film successfully presents the emotional side of the games. 

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

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Director Irvin Kirshner did something pretty special with The Eyes of Laura Mars. He captured the visceral pulsating atmosphere of the dying days of that immoral Me Decade, the 1970’s, and the cultural nexus where all that grime, grit, glitter, and glamour was in full swing, the scary and wonderful New York City that President Ford […]

Movie-still Monday: Captain Fantastic (2016)

(l to r) Samantha Isler stars as Kielyr, Shree Crooks stars as Zaja, Viggo Mortensen as Ben, Charlie Shotwell as Nai, Annalise Basso as Vespyr and George MacKay as Bo in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, a Bleecker Street release.
Credit: Cathy Kanavy / Bleecker Street

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea […]

Movie-Still Monday: Smithereens (1982) Selfie ’80s Style

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The Lower East Side in its raw, early ’80s, glory is captured by director Susan Seidelman, who later went on to direct Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.  The film follows a self-centered girl from New Jersey who moves to New York City to join the punk rock scene. Smthereens is on the big screen with a new 35mm […]