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TONI ERDMANN: father and daughter, laugh and marvel

Toni Erdmann is a MUST SEE. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it should win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture.  Writer-director Maren Ade gives … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: SEVEN CHANCES – Buster Keaton’s genius on the run

I thought that I knew the work of Buster Keaton, but somehow I had never seen Seven Chances.  It features a phenomenal chase scene that rates with the very best in cinema history – What’s Up Doc?, The French Connection, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!

One of my favorites comedies is the still timely satire on the Duck and Cover Era, the 1966 The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!.  At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet nuclear submarine runs aground and … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MEET THE PATELS – a documentary funnier than most comedies

Meet the Patels is both a documentary and a comedy – and ultimately, a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Over several years, filmmaker Geeta Patel filmed her own brother Ravi and their parents in their quest to find a wife for Ravi. Ravi … Continue reading

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MASCOTS: more deadpan hilarity from the Best In Show people

Mascots is the latest from Christopher Guest, the king of the mockumentary.  After co-writing This Is Spinal Tap, Guest wrote and directed Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show (his masterpiece), A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and ten years after … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: CHEVALIER – male competitiveness, brilliantly skewered

One of the best films of the year, Chevalier is a sly and pointed exploration of male competitiveness, with the moments of drollness and absurdity that we expect in the best of contemporary Greek cinema. Chevalier is also now the … Continue reading

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TONI ERDMANN: Must See at MVFF

One MUST SEE at the Mill Valley Film Festival is Toni Erdmann, from writer-director Maren Ade. You might not expect an almost three-hour German comedy to break through, but I’ve seen it, and I think that it’s a lock to … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LOVE & FRIENDSHIP – new heights for manipulation and twittery

Based on Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, the sharply witty Love & Friendship centers on the unabashedly amoral efforts by Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) to get exactly what she wants despite lack of resources and position. Love & Friendship is … Continue reading

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DON’T THINK TWICE: dramedy in the world of comedy

Don’t Think Twice is a dramedy set in the world of comedy. Six artists of varying talent have formed an improvisational comedy troupe. They’re scraping by without much affirmation and with no financial success when one of them gets a … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WILD TALES

Okay, here’s the hilariously dark Argentine comedy Wild Tales. Writer-director Damián Szifron presents a series of individual stories about revenge. It’s still high my list of Best Movies of 2015 – So Far. We all feel aggrieved, and Wild Tales … Continue reading

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