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The Second Mother

A domestic comedy-drama that starts off from a fairly pat premise but builds strength over the course of its careful, empathetic, and crafty unpeeling of…

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Z for Zachariah

Chiwetel Eijiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine star in this low-key post-apocalyptic drama about a Garden of Eden that's not big enough for three people.

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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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close-up: a critical essay / dream sequence (rescued, restored)

This is my favorite of my own video pieces so far because it's the most personal and spontaneous -- really a stream-of-consciousness memory-movie captured and strung together over a weekend for the House Next Door's Close-Up Blogathon. I pretend I now know what every image, every sound "means" here (though much of that was discovered just in the act of dreaming it up and putting it together -- or didn't occur to me until I actually saw it), but that's not the point: Just let it sink in and see what dreamy associations it might conjure for you...

Original illustrated notes on "a free-association dream sequence" here. Originally posted here.

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