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3 things about Shawn Convey’s AMONG WOLVES

Among Wolves [2016] 1. Massive gut, tight plaid pants. 2. A lightning storm and the clack of heels on pavement. 3. Surveying the valley where there was heavy fighting.

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My Director’s Statement for ROY’S WORLD.

For many years I’ve been captivated by the Roy stories of Barry Gifford, which use a very spare and direct prose style to trace a boy’s childhood. Unlike a lot of autobiographical fiction, they’re not sentimental at all. But what … Continue reading

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3 things about Judith Helfand’s COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code [2019] 1. They finally get the air conditioning they needed. 2. On the cover of the report: a snowflake. 3. A seemingly all white disaster preparedness conference. Urgent! There’s a story I sometimes tell about … Continue reading

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3 things about Chang-dong Lee’s BURNING

Burning [2018] 1. He brings up the concept of metaphor. 2. Sunset dance. 3. He caresses Faulkner’s face on the book cover.

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3 things about Luchino Visconti’s DEATH IN VENICE

Death in Venice [1971] 1. Altmanesque style throughout: gliding camera moves combined with zooms. Unexpected! 2. Meticulously, the barber paints Gustav’s hair black. 3. A thorough history of the spread of cholera from Asia.

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3 things about Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE

Dark Horse [2011] 1. Walken’s withering stare. 2. “Psychiatrists are idiots! The whole profession is a joke! I know my problems better than anyone, and there’s no solution.” 3. A soggy receipt.

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3 things about Michael Haneke’s HAPPY END

Happy End [2017] 1. “I just put the same tablets in his food my mom takes for her depression. Let’s see what happens.” 2. A proposition for his barber. 3. They enter the hospital room, briefly look at her, then … Continue reading

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