Category: music

  • Clint to a T The 15:17 to Paris a film by Clint Eastwood.  With Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer.  *** This review will be loaded with spoilers, but the event which inspired it was well-publicized when it happened, and has been spoken of plenty in the publicity for the movie.  The three men who foiled ... Read more
  • Sex in Heaven Call Me By Your Name a film by Luca Guadagnino.  With Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar. ****1/2 First the things I don’t like: Everybody is so good looking.  They’re all so intelligent, and talented.  This is the kind of movie where people are lying around their Italian villa in the sun, not doing ... Read more
  • Who You Really Are (You Knew All Along) Coco a film by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina.  With Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach.  ***** I went to this movie as an act of desperation.  Every day I read in the New York Times about the marvelous movies that are arriving for the holiday season and the great reviews they’ve gotten, ... Read more
  • Time is a What? A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.  Anchor Books.  340 pp.  $16.00. ***** I’m aware as a writer that many people I read are more talented than I, but now and then I’m pulled up short by a writer who does something I couldn’t even aspire to.  I felt that way about War and ... Read more
  • Bake a Motherfucking Cake as Fast as You Can Patti Cake$ a film by Geremy Jasper.  With Danielle Macdonald, Bridgette Everett, Cathy Moriarity, Siddharth Dhanajay, Mamoudou Athie. **** I should admit up front that I’m not a rap fan.  I’ve tried—my nephew once made me a tape of rap’s greatest hits—but I couldn’t get into it.  I like the rhythm at first, and the whole ... Read more
  • What’s Your Name, a film by Makato Shinkai, based on his novel.  With Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryo Narita. I’ve been reading Kobun Chino’s commentary on the Song of Awakening, and the day before I saw this film read the following passage: “When the body of all the buddhas penetrates my nature there is interpenetration and fusion.  My nature ... Read more
  • Doc, Ya Gotta Level Wit Me  Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2017 My Lineup: Whose Streets? / Still Tomorrow / The Good Postman / Abacus / Zaatari Djinn / Tribal Justice / Strong Island / Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities / Quest / The Force / May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers At ... Read more
  • Distinctly Praise the Years Atlantis: Three Tales by Samuel R. Delany.  Wesleyan/New England.  212 pp. Every now and then I reread something by Samuel R. Delany because all of his work is intelligent, beautifully written, and unfailingly deep.  The fact that I’ve read it before doesn’t in the least diminish it.  I love spending time in the presence of such ... Read more
  • Maybe Not This Village Twentieth Century Women a film by Mike Mills.  With Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann.  ****1/2 When I first heard the title of this movie, I thought, what the hell is a twentieth century woman?  How is she different from a twenty-first century woman?  But now that I’ve seen it, I think the ... Read more
  • A Star is Torn La La Land a film by Damien Chazelle.  With Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt. ***** I’ve said so many times that a movie is not this that I want to be clear when one is: this is the feel-good movie of the year, 2016, 2017, whatever year you got.  From the moment it opens with ... Read more