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Milos Forman, A Rebel

Director Milos Forman fought oppression. In the clip above, he’s talking to Charlie Rose in 1997 about his movie The People vs. Larry Flynt, released the previous year. He’s asked why make a movie about a man who published a magazine with such objectionable content and Forman’s reply is simple – and utterly relevant today. He … Continue reading Milos Forman, A Rebel

Heartburn

THEY THOUGHT IT WAS LOVE. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBURN. New York City food writer Rachel Samstat (Meryl Streep) and columnist Mark Forman (Jack Nicholson) fall in love and start a family… but she soon learns that he’s back to his old womanizing ways. Nora Ephron based the novel on her own experiences with Carl Bernstein, … Continue reading Heartburn

Fall of the Wall: Movies on Life Behind the Iron Curtain

The clip above shows Peter Gabriel performing in Berlin yesterday, at the 25th anniversary of the infamous Wall’s demise. It was a festive occasion, with appearances by among others Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa, highlighted by the “Lichtgrenze” installation, lit balloons marking the original path of the Berlin Wall. Watching the balloons rise into the … Continue reading Fall of the Wall: Movies on Life Behind the Iron Curtain

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

IF HE’S CRAZY, WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU? Author Ken Kesey considered himself a link between beatniks and hippies, a critic of behaviorism and the conventional. His most famous novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, celebrated anti-authoritarianism and was made into a play the year after its publication, 1962. When the time came for … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Crazy Ones

Ragtime

THE PASSION, THE VIOLENCE, THE BIRTH OF AMERICA’S GILDED AGE.  In the early 1900s, a well-to-do family in New Rochelle, New York agrees to care for an abandoned black baby that, it turns out, belongs to a washwoman; later, the stubbornly proud father (Howard E. Rollins, Jr.) makes himself known. Adapting E.L. Doctorow’s sprawling novel … Continue reading Ragtime

Amadeus: The Burden of Mediocrity

AMADEUS. THE MAN. THE MUSIC. THE MAGIC. THE MADNESS. THE MURDER. THE MYSTERY. THE MOTION PICTURE.   Most of us recognize Antonio Salieri’s feelings. He has worked hard to achieve something, got a good education and has managed to become court composer to Austrian Emperor Joseph II. His music is reasonably popular. And yet he … Continue reading Amadeus: The Burden of Mediocrity