Film

Miss Representation at Rosendale Theatre with panel on women in media

Okay, there’s Gwen Ifill. There’s Katie Couric. There are Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. And Oprah… Questions about sexism in the arts came to the fore decades ago with the rise of the…

Cross-cultural borrowings in The Secret World of Arrietty

The movie-review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes recently released its list of the 50-or-so best animated films of all time. All of the Top Ten were either Disney or Pixar products, and reader response split…

Big Miracle’s radical notion of compromise

Maybe it’s just a sign of the aging of the Baby Boom generation, but it seems like everybody nowadays is supposed to be making a Bucket List and checking things off it. Books…

The power of the mythmaster: Joseph Campbell doc in Rosendale

Joseph Campbell urged us to “follow our bliss” in order to live beyond the self-imposed limits and cultural restrictions that keep us from our full potential. He was a mythologist, a writer of…

Dr. Strangelove this Friday at Bardavon

The acid test of great satire is whether it stands the test of time and cultural distance. From Aristophanes to Rabelais to Gilbert & Sullivan, some of our most valuable cultural heirlooms have…

From Gryffindor to Eelmarsh House with Dan Radcliffe

Poor Dan Radcliffe. Though it’s difficult to muster up much pity for a kid who had made enough money by the time he reached puberty that he would never have to work again…

Buddha and the Beats

When the young Tibetan monk Chögyam Trungpa came to America to teach, he wore a suit and enjoyed himself in decidedly Western ways. Practicing Buddhists of the day did not know what to…

Meryl Streep makes Margaret Thatcher seem almost human

When I first heard that Meryl Streep was undertaking the portrayal of one of my least-favorite 20th-century heads of state, Margaret Thatcher, I was ambivalent about going to see The Iron Lady. My…

Boo who? UPAC to screen To Kill a Mockingbird

February is upon us, and the industry insiders at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon deign to inform us all which movie we ought to have liked best in…

Oscar contender The Artist and the buzz that puzzles

At the end of every year, it seems, there are always a few films garnering heavy Oscar buzz, even though practically nobody has seen them outside the movie industry. They premiere at some…

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