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“Kedi” (Turkey; 2016)

“Kedi” (Documentary; 79 minutes) Director and Producer: Ceyda Torun My wife and I spent ten days in Istanbul during the summer of 2016. Despite arriving only a short time after an attempted coup, we found the atmosphere of the ancient city … Continue reading

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Alain Marchant, a feature look at the controversial Canadian director

The on-line site Hollywood North, a virtual magazine devoted to all things relating to Canadian movie-making, has just posted (in two parts) my feature essay on controversial Quebecois director, Alain Marchant. You’ll find the article here, with a link to … Continue reading

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Andrew Sarris quote

“In cinema, as in all art, only those who risk the ridiculous have a real shot at the sublime.” (Andrew Sarris,  The American Cinema)

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A pearl of wisdom from Pauline Kael

“It’s the emotionlessness of so many violent movies that I’m becoming anxious about, not the rare violent movies (“Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Godfather”, “Mean Streets”) that make us care about the characters and what happens to them. A violent movie … Continue reading

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“A Million Little Pieces” (prose)

A Million Little Pieces* There’s no such thing as a “true” story. We—every one of us–fictionalize our lives. Everything is recorded through our senses and, as a result, our perceptions are highly subjective. My recollection of an event will differ … Continue reading

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“Strange Love” (poem)

Strange Love (for Stanley Kubrick) Stanley Kubrick’s eyes belie dispassion: remoteness was his only defence. Look how frankly he regards you, the way you shrivel from that gaze.   © Cliff Burns (All Rights Reserved)

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“Valley of the Bees” (1967)–Review

Valley of the Bees (1967) Director: Frantisek Vlacil Screenplay: Vladimir Korner & Frantisek Vlacil Cast: Petr Cepek, Jan Kacer, Vera Galatikova, Josef Somr I have fallen in love with the Czech “New Wave”. To date, I’ve seen a number of … Continue reading

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