Category Archives: Books

Seeing Movies in These Crazy Times

Well, there’s nothing quite like a pandemic to put things in perspective, is there? I don’t see how the country — and the world — will be able to recover from the financial loss the coronavirus is causing, not to … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Documentaries 2019

___________________________________________________ I wrote on seven of these titles last August (“Random Notes on Recent Films: Documentaries!“). You can read about them there. The films are indicated by a double- asterisk ** in the list below. ____________________________________________________ American Factory (Steven Bognar … Continue reading

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Best Features 2019 – Supplemental

For those of you interested in a deeper dive, here are supplemental materials for the films on my top-10 list. _______________________________________________________ Diane _________________________________________________ The Irishman __________________________________________________ Little Women I definitely don’t understand how Greta Gerwig didn’t get an Oscar nomination … Continue reading

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Feature Films 2019 – The Best of the Rest of What I Saw

Here are the best of the rest of what I saw last year, 31 films in alphabetical order. I don’t claim that all of these are great films (though some of them are), but they all got my attention and … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Feature Films 2019

2019 was another year of exceptional films. Maybe every year is, to one degree or another, or so it seems to me. Out of the 384 feature films (including documentaries) I saw in 2019, I’ve actually come up with a … Continue reading

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Actors on Acting – Face to Face

Since 2014, the trade publication Variety has produced a series of television specials appearing on PBS SoCal called Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. Each program has actors talking to actors about their work and experiences with no moderator or audience, … Continue reading

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Directors Roundtable 2020: Scorsese, Gerwig, Baumbach, and more – This is great!

Yesterday I started watching a new Directors Roundtable presented by The Hollywood Reporter. I had the idea of including it as a supplemental item to my roundup of feature films for 2019, but the more I watched it, the more … Continue reading

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