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“The Black Swan”

Paleo Retiree writes: I was amazed how uninspiring I found this 2010 ballet-world-set psychological horror film. Natalie Portman plays a super-perfectionist, frigid (but yearning for release) ballerina who’s given the lead in a new version of “Swan Lake.” The movie … Continue reading

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Three of Us Watch “Pather Panchali” (1955)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Satyajit Ray is one of the great filmmakers of world cinema that I have somehow managed to avoid. Not intentionally, mind you, as copies of his movies haven’t been that accessible for the past few decades. My local … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Man from Laramie”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As he does in all the Westerns he made with director Anthony Mann, James Stewart stalks through “The Man from Laramie” with wraith-like resoluteness. His Will Lockhart wears a brown, waist-length corduroy jacket, a battered hat, … Continue reading

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Bad Trips

Sax von Stroheim writes: I watched the 1970 Paul Newman movie WUSA the other day. It was directed by Stuart Rosenberg, who had previously worked with Newman on Cool Hand Luke, and written by Robert Stone, who was adapting his … Continue reading

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“The Salt of the Earth”

Paleo Retiree writes: Blowhard, Esq. and I just watched this highly-praised documentary about the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, which was co-directed by Wim Wenders and Salgado’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. (For the purposes of keeping father and son straight in … Continue reading

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Notes on “Renoir”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: It’s a wonder no one made a movie about the Renoirs prior to this effort from 2012. The father, Pierre-Auguste, a man of the 19th century and one of the giants of Impressionism, and the son, … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Brigitte Bardot

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A small donkey had a role in the film. Brigitte, who named it Romeo, couldn’t bear the idea of returning it to its owner; she bought Romeo, but the hotel wouldn’t let it sleep in the … Continue reading

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