November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]Read More
— Going All Out for the Papal Visit — [a picture is again worth a thousand words] – What does “ecstasy” look like these days? (Sister Mary Gabriel of the Sisters of Life is screened at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Washington, D.C. – Wednesday September 23, 2015) – “Beyond the Finish Line” and other photographs by Josh Haner […]Read More
Opening at the Plaza Frontenac 11:15 am – 1:40 pm – 4:15 pm – 7 pm – 9:30 pm – A sort of review: “I will let you decide after watching the clips below whether you would like to spend time with Brando. I am glad to have learned more from/about him.” […]Read More
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]Read More
My review: Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. — Robert Frost – It may be odd to like what disturbs us but it is clear that Best of Enemies is meant to provoke, and in that sense it is most successfully engaging. In 1968, while trailing NBC and CBS – to debate the Democratic and Republican national conventions – ABC hired two commentators, the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal Vidal; the strategy worked and the ratings jumped way up! Almost every night the sparks were flying all over, not by the fireplace but on the small screen: two of the most articulate public intellectuals – in the days when such individuals still existed – were brilliantly sparring around the politics of those conventions. And then everything blew up. […]Read More
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]