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Trusting Youth to Tell Us Their Troubles

Trusting Youth to Tell Us Their Troubles

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Critic/ filmmaker Robert Greene recently attacked reviewers for their blindness to subtleties of form — particularly in the way faces were filmed — in the recent Afghanistan War documentary “The Kill List.” It would be difficult to ignore the choices Mexican director Nuria Ibañez has made in framing her subjects — […]

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

The Complicated Business of Intimacy

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Love Is Strange,” a thoughtful, wistful film from director and co-writer Ira Sachs, concerns a couple — George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) — who have been together 39 years. The men marry in the opening moments, but spend most of the rest of the film apart. When the […]

An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

An Upper West Side Liberal Living Legend

BY DAVID NOH | Living for years on the Upper West Side where she was born is a woman who is something of a living legend. Lee Grant’s life has encompassed so incredibly many facets, spanning her own New York Jewish roots, a debut with the Metropolitan Opera at the age of four, and a […]

Marginally Mozart, Masterfully Mark Morris

Marginally Mozart, Masterfully Mark Morris

BY ELI JACOBSON | Handel’s pastoral masterpiece “Acis and Galatea” started out in 1718 as an English masque based on a theme from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” and evolved into a bilingual “serenata” (a semi-staged concert opera in costume) in 1732 and was expanded into a two-act “little opera” in 1739. It was incredibly popular during Handel’s […]

Nellie’s Billy

Nellie’s Billy

BY DAVID NOH | One of the great enigmas in the music world, William Lee “Billy” Tipton (1914 – 1989) was an American jazz musician and bandleader, who, it was discovered after his death, was born a woman. Named Dorothy Louise Tipton at birth in Oklahoma, he took his father’s name, “Billy,” when he started his […]

Insult Comedy… Without the Laughs

Insult Comedy… Without the Laughs

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The title of out gay writer and director Drew Tobia’s frustration comedy “See You Next Tuesday” is a play on a particular word that causes women to bristle. In one exchange in the film, a friendly co-worker drops the c-word in front of Mona (Eleanore Pienta) and quickly apologizes. Mona responds […]

Nature Studies

Nature Studies

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE  | Nature is so strong a theme in both the poetry and plot of “King Lear” that at first it’s surprising to walk into Central Park’s Delacorte Theater and see the bucolic surroundings virtually obscured by John Lee Beatty’s dominating, monochromatic wall. Mostly known for lavish interiors and finely wrought details, here […]

Young Adults Get to Grow Up

Young Adults Get to Grow Up

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Over the past 10 years, French director Philippe Garrel’s work has finally achieved steady, even if marginal US distribution. He made his first short 50 years ago, but it took him decades to get any kind of serious recognition outside France. To some extent, that can be explained by the non-narrative […]

Risky Business

Risky Business

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you ever walked out of a Broadway show scratching your head and muttering, “I paid over a hundred bucks for this?” Sure, plenty are sensational, but others are so polished, pandering, or just plain ill-conceived they seem more about recouping mega investments than actually communicating inspired ideas in fresh ways. And […]

For Your Consideration  

For Your Consideration   

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Portuguese director Joaquim Pinto’s documentary “What Now? Remind Me” speaks for itself: “We talk about lives, about experiences.” These words come from his recollection of an appearance at Lisbon’s Cinematheque, but they sum up his autobiographical film’s approach. “What Now? Remind Me” chronicles a year in the HIV-positive filmmaker’s life, during […]

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