By Pamela Zoslov Manchester by the Sea, the new film written and directed by the playwright Kenneth Lonergan, has much common with Lonergan’s well-regarded 2000 film You Can Count on Me. Both address complicated relationships between adult siblings, one responsible and the other reprobate; a history of tragic accidental death; and issues surrounding surrogate parenting […]Read more "Lee Shore: Manchester by the Sea"
By Pamela Zoslov “Tell the judge I love my wife.” That was the plain request of Richard Loving, a white man, to the lawyer who was about to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967 for Loving’s right to be married to his wife Mildred, a black woman, in 1967. Loving’s simple words are […]Read more "Love Has No Color: Loving"
By Pamela Zoslov “I don’t wanna belong to the glam people, the hip-hop people, the TV people, the alternative people. I don’t wanna be a punk. I just wanna be.” That is as close to a manifesto as you will get from Iggy Pop, the incomparable frontman of the proto-punk band The Stooges. The plain-spoken, […]Read more "Gimme Danger: Raw Stooge Power"
By Pamela Zoslov It’s tempting to analogize the new Wall Street drama Equity to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Both boast of being “firsts” — first woman major-party presidential candidate, first movie about high finance produced, written, directed by and starring women. What both narratives demonstrate is that women can be just as bad as, […]Read more "She Likes Money: Equity"
Florence Foster Jenkins is having a moment. The wealthy socialite and notably bad opera singer (1868-1948) who didn’t let a lack of musical talent stop her from sharing her “gift” with concert audiences, is the subject of two films this year, the French film Marguerite and now Florence Foster Jenkins, a Hollywood movie starring Meryl […]Read more "Frightful Nightingale: Florence Foster Jenkins"
By Pamela Zoslov Yo-Yo Ma, the celebrated cellist, does not like to travel, though his career has found him on the road for most of the last 35 years. “I used to throw up before every trip, I was so anxious, so paralyzed,” he says in the documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and […]Read more "Home Again: The Music of Strangers"
By Pamela Zoslov French writer and director Jacques Audiard’s seventh feature film, Dheepan, was the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and has garnered many other awards as well. The timeliness of its story about refugees may have been a factor in its acclaim: the film focuses on the […]Read more "Dheepan: Refugees in Crisis"