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Junction 48 (Tamer Nafar)

Went to the JCC on the Upper West Side to see Junction 48, an Israeli Palestinian film co-written by Tamer Nafar and Oren Moverman and directed by Udi Aloni. At turns biting and sentimental, the movie is a biting and … Continue reading

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Self-Involved (A Tale of Love and Darkness)

A Tale of Love and Darkness, the memoir by Amos Oz closely intertwines personal trauma of and history, in this case the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. In the memoir, the novelist deftly shifts between background and … Continue reading

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Sausage Party & Gnostic Techno Religion

(SPOILER ALERT!) It seems like there’s no way to shake off religion in popular American film, even at its most impious and irreligious. The narrative sense of a satisfactory end won’t allow for it. Sausage Party could have concluded this … Continue reading

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Werner Herzog Pokemon

Iz dere such ding asz insanitee among penguinns? You’ll want to watch here acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog reflecting deep on our relationship to nature, derangement, loneliness, stupidity, cruelty, and Pokemon.

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Son of Saul & Cynical Claptrap (Interview with Terri Gross)

It played at Cannes and just recently at the New York Film Festival, but it won’t be out for public release until December. Everything being written and said about Son of Saul sounds like it’s going to stand in sharp … Continue reading

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The Martian Was Only So-So

Ordinarily, I’m a sucker for these kinds of things that visualize the embedding of technologies into artificial human environments, and vast space. But I might have stayed home the other night and just gone out to look at the moon. A mission … Continue reading

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Mecca (Leaves Fall in All Seasons) (Ahmed Mater)

Holy City construction site –I saw this little clip posted by a friend on FB. You can see it here. The shots were put together by Ahmed Mater from cell phone videos shot by construction workers in Mecca.  While I’m … Continue reading

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