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Best Documentaries 2020 – Supplemental

For those who would like to go a little deeper, here is a selection of interviews, discussions, reviews, and performance clips for the documentaries in the previous post. Running times for videos are indicated. ________________________________________________ The Bee Gees: How Can … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year – Best Documentaries 2020

I didn’t see nearly as many documentaries in 2020 as I have in previous years. When Film Forum and the IFC Center closed down last March (along with all other movie theaters in New York City), the venues where I’d … Continue reading

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Feature Films 2020: Best of the Rest – Supplemental

Here is a variety of supplemental materials for several of the titles in my previous post. ____________________________________________________ I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Charlie Kaufman, director & writer) _________________________________________________________ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (George C. Wolfe, director) ___________________________________________________ Martin Eden (Pietro … Continue reading

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Feature Films 2020 – The Best of the Rest of What I Saw

Here are the best of the rest of what I saw last year, 18 films in alphabetical order. As I said in my intro to last year’s “Best of the Rest” post, I don’t claim that all of these are … Continue reading

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Best Feature Films 2020 – Supplemental

For those of you interested in a closer look, here are supplementary materials for six of the films on my top-10 list. _____________________________________________________ The Assistant _____________________________________________________ First Cow _______________________________________________________ Never Rarely Sometimes Always ______________________________________________________ Nomadland ____________________________________________________ Sorry We Missed You … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year – Best Feature Films 2020

A year without blockbusters or movie theaters. 2020 was a radically different year for everything, not just movie-going, and 2021 still is. If someone had told me at the outset that theaters would be closed nearly a year later, I … Continue reading

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Connery and “The Hill”

When I learned that Sean Connery had died on October 31 at age 90, it felt for a moment as if things had slipped out of gear. Later I read that Connery’s wife of 45 years, Micheline Roquebrune, had said … Continue reading

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Shooting “Barry Lyndon” – John Alcott & Stanley Kubrick

A few days ago on Facebook someone posted a link to an interview with cinematographer John Alcott on how Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon (1975) was shot. This appeared in the March 1976 issue of American Cinematographer. The interview covers technical … Continue reading

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Halloween – Odds & Ends

Here is a rather loosely organized collection of Halloween-appropriate images. None of them are half as scary as the 2020 presidential election, believe me. _______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ “Unusual times demand unusual pictures.” This ad copy could have been written today. _______________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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“Seconds” – Starting Over

Note: This contains some spoilers, so proceed accordingly. The first time I saw John Frankenheimer’s Seconds I didn’t like it. This was in October  1966 while I was undergoing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas. … Continue reading

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