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Amy

Sometimes, it feels as if we are eavesdropping on day-to-day conversations rather than just hearing the usual litany of platitudes and regrets.

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Stray Dog

"Stray Dog" largely succeeds because Granik's technique complements her subject. Both he and the film are modest in their goals and cherish the value of…

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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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Back in the saddle again...

Howdy pardners:

Thanks for holding down the fort. Just returned from a sojourn down the Rio Bravo to Albuquerque (I knew I shoulda taken that left turn...), and not a moment too soon. The four Meconopsis betonicifolia (rare Himalayan Blue Poppies) I planted this spring are beginning to bloom! You may recognize them, or a spiny Tibetan relative named (I kid you not) Meconopsis horridula, from "Batman Begins." Anyway, regular posting will begin shortly. Meanwhile, look at this poppy and try not to let its utter Blueness drive you irretrievably insane...

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