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Focus

Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Many of my losing entries in the New Yorker's daunting Cartoon Caption Contest

It has become a ritual for me to enter the New Yorker's weekly Cartoon Caption Contest. I won only once, long ago in April 2011, and the magazine's cartoon editor, Robert Mankoff, wrote a blog about that. In his blog he included three of my losing submissions he enjoyed...and one that was too tumescent, perhaps, to get past the magazine's board of editors. I believe that one (above) was the funniest I've ever submitted. But look over these losers and I'll link Mankoff's blog down at the bottom324.jpg325.jpg326.jpg327.jpg328.jpg329.jpg330.jpg331.jpg332.jpg333.jpg334.jpg335.jpg336.jpg337.jpg338.jpg339.jpg340.jpg341.jpg Go here for Robert Mankoff's blog. And click here to enter this week's contest.

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