Category Archives: Reaction to Films

Vilmos Zsigmond in Conversation

On October 12, 2013, at the Grand Action in Paris, I attended a talk with renowned cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. It was moderated by Pierre Filmon. Most of the exchange focused on his work on three films: The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s … Continue reading

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Stanley and Iris

I am a big fan of Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae, and this week, I saw his Stanley and Iris for the first time. I loved this film.  Ordinary people who do extraordinary things.  It’s also a film about the unlikely … Continue reading

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Muppet Movie

I grew up enjoying The Muppet Movie. Recently I found it online and caught it again (broken up into ten-minute clips). I found it thoroughly watchable even now, thirty years later. The film’s message is to follow your dreams. Thank … Continue reading

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Lynch: Not Moving the Story Forward

I have had a strange relationship with David Lynch’s films.  For many years, I rated my favorites of his work as Elephant Man and The Straight Story.  The lover of good narrative that I am, I had a hard time … Continue reading

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Best Indian Short Films

Sangam (2004) by Prashant Bhargava.  I had the pleasure of meeting the filmmaker and his lead actor Hesh Sarmalkar (amazing!).  It was at the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival, where the film was in official selection. – Midnight Lost and Found … Continue reading

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The Verdict (1982)

I am republishing this entry in recognition of Paul Newman’s passing on September 26.  When I was a senior in high school, he and his wife came to shoot the Merchant-Ivory film Mr. and Mrs. Bridge in Kansas City.  I never … Continue reading

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Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Mughal-E-Azam (1960) is the greatest film that the Hindi cinema has ever produced. Massive in its size and scope, it is the life’s work of its meticulous producer/director, K. Asif, and it took ten years and millions of rupees to … Continue reading

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