Lucky, Directed by John Carroll Lynch By Pamela Zoslov When I saw the trailer for “Lucky,” the film featuring one of the last performances of Harry Dean Stanton, who died September 15 at age 91, I was struck by how frail he appeared, a skinny wraith lighting cigarette upon cigarette. (“I only eat so I […]Read more "An Elegy for Harry Dean Stanton"
Brad’s Status, written and directed by Mike White By Pamela Zoslov We hate it when our friends become successful – Morrissey What is it about dads that makes people cry? Regret about words unsaid to a dad now dead, issues unresolved, or just the general poignancy of the role of fathers, who are expected to […]Read more "Great Expectations: Brad’s Status"
The Only Living Boy in New York Directed by Marc Webb, screenplay by Allan Loeb By Pamela Zoslov Simon and Garfunkel are having a pretty good year, with two movies named after their decades-old songs, “Baby Driver” and “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a tune that was a thinly veiled message from Paul […]Read more "A Boy, His Dad, and Dad’s Mistress"
By Pamela Zoslov Joshua Weinstein didn’t have an easy time making his movie Menashe. The filmmaker drew his cast of nonprofessional actors from members of the Hasidic Jewish community in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Many had never even seen a movie before. Some signed on and then dropped out, fearing the disapproval of their synagogues and […]Read more "Menashe: A Yiddisher Kop"
By Pamela Zoslov Gillian Robespierre’s new comedy, Landline, has many traits in common with her debut feature, Obvious Child, which got a lot of attention due to its abortion story line. Both films focus on the romantic/sexual misadventures of a young woman played by comedienne Jenny Slate, and are sprinkled with copious amounts of scatological […]Read more "Landline: Kickin’ It Old School"
By Pamela Zoslov The difference between Art and Life is that Art is more bearable. — Charles Bukowski “A World Without Shadows” is the title of a stage play and short film about Maud Lewis, a celebrated Canadian folk artist who lived most of her life in a tiny, primitive house in Nova Scotia, covering […]Read more "Maudie: A World of Her Own"
By Pamela Zoslov Beguiling is not quite the right word to describe The Beguiled, the new Civil War-set film directed by Sofia Coppola. Slender, diaphanous, insubstantial — those might be more descriptive of Coppola’s adaptation of a 1966 novel by Cleveland-based novelist Thomas Cullinan, a onetime writer for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper. Originally titled A […]Read more "The Beguiled: Damned Yankee"