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Silence tells the story in “Ida”

By at June 5, 2014 | 5:26 pm | 0 Comment

Silence tells the story in “Ida”

The alarming precision of nuns singing chromatically descending chants.   The hollow, circular depression of earth on the grounds of the convent where a life-size statue of Jesus stands, and where Ida paces restlessly.   The hermetic insularity of... Read more »

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Why Did We Watch “Amour”?

By at March 12, 2013 | 10:08 pm | 0 Comment

Why Did We Watch “Amour”?

I am not fluent or even remotely familiar with the French language. But, after watching Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and listening to it play out four more times in the movie theater where I work, I became attuned to repetitive patterns in the dialogue. From merely... Read more »

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A LATE QUARTET

By at December 7, 2012 | 1:53 am | 0 Comment

A LATE QUARTET

[caption id="attachment_1976" align="alignright" width="333"] Christopher Walken in A LATE QUARTET[/caption] The first image we see in A LATE QUARTET is of an empty, dormant stage. The stage, as well as the film itself, will soon be pulsating with the fiery, passionate... Read more »

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STEP UP TO THE PLATE

By at November 29, 2012 | 10:41 pm | 0 Comment

STEP UP TO THE PLATE

STEP UP TO THE PLATE is Paul Lacoste's second documentary to feature the father/son French culinary duo, Michel and Sebastian Bras. His first documentary was made 10 years ago and featured Michel; for his second time around, Lacoste shifts the focus to Sebastian. Even... Read more »

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Best performances by a non-actor/inanimate object

By at August 16, 2012 | 11:36 am | 0 Comment

Best performances by a non-actor/inanimate object

By Vanessa Graniello This “best of” list is by no means an original idea. I first came across a similar such superlative in the NYTimes Magazine around Oscar season.  It seemed like a fun diversion from my usual “close-reading” reviews, and as I have been short on... Read more »

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Take This Waltz

By at August 7, 2012 | 10:09 am | 0 Comment

Take This Waltz

By Vanessa Graniello Michelle Williams in “Take This Waltz” A film whose subject is inconsolable sadness has never looked so rich and vibrant and felt so warm and inviting. “Take This Waltz” is Sarah Polley’s second directorial feature, (her first being the... Read more »

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