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    Love Streams (1984)

    John Cassavetes went into Love Streams knowing he was dying, and while it's as difficult and as disturbing as the rest of his body of work, it also comes to light as an oddly tender film, and open-hearted work. read more...
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      Love Streams (1984)

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      • With: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Diahnne Abbot, Seymour Cassel, Margaret Abbott
      • Written by: John Cassavetes, Ted Allan, based on a play by Ted Allan
      • Directed by: John Cassavetes
      • MPAA Rating: PG-13
      • Running Time: 141 minutes
      • Release Date: 01/31/1984
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      The Wife (2018)

      I finally caught up with The Wife now that Glenn Close has won a Golden Globe and received an Academy Award nomination (her seventh) for her lead performance. That may be a little too much pressure to review the film objectively, and certainly Close is outstanding. But I think I agree with the IMDB commenter who said, "A very good movie which I didn't like." Close plays Joan Castleman, the wife of novelist Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). Joe has just been chosen to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the family -- including grown son and aspiring writer David (Max Irons) -- are off to Stockholm for the ceremony. Through flashbacks (young Joan played by Annie Starke and young Joe played by Harry Lloyd) we learn of a "shocking" twist, that the film decides to reveal well past the halfway point. To start, for a movie all about the art of writing, The Wife is, at times, annoyingly pedestrian. Whenever the pesky would-be biographer Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater) shows up, Joan explains that she doesn't want to be seen as a victim, or the long-suffering wife, yet that's pretty much what she is. When Joe asks "why did you marry me," her answer is "I don't know." And we don't either. Oddly, the flashback scenes seem to work the best, and some of Slater's scenes are interesting, but when it centers back around to present-day Joe and Joan, as they fight and talk about Joe's eating, medication, and extramarital affairs, it turns into hackneyed melodrama. Perhaps if the screenplay had laid everything on the table all at once, then all the characters could have been more fully developed. But as it is, The Wife is a partly-effective exercise that will likely be forgotten after awards season ends. Elizabeth McGovern, of all people, appears in one scene as a bitter published writer that warns the young Joan against pursuing a career in prose. read more...
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        The Wife (2018)

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        • With: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater, Harry Lloyd, Annie Starke, Elizabeth McGovern, Johan Widerberg, Karin Franz Körlof
        • Written by: Jane Anderson, based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer
        • Directed by: Björn L. Runge
        • MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
        • Running Time: 99 minutes
        • Release Date: 08/16/2018
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        The Mystery of Oberwald (1981)

        Director Michelangelo Antonioni is still best known for his 1960's freak-out movie Blow Up, a colorful suspense story about a photographer who discovers a potential murder in the background of one of his photos. The movie caught on with audiences with its hip look and way-out music by the Yardbirds (featuring Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page) and Herbie Hancock. But Antonioni is considered a world master director in spite of this funky anomaly in his resume. His masterpiece L'avventura (1960) made incredible use of the emptiness of the Cinemascope space as his characters searched an island in vain for a mysteriously vanished girl, and his other films La Notte (1960), L'eclisse (1962), and Red Desert (1964) are equally admired. The last film on radar was his 1970 flop Zabriskie Point, and from there on out, no one paid any attention to him, though his 1975 film The Passenger, starring Jack Nicholson, was another masterpiece. read more...
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          The Mystery of Oberwald (1981)

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          • With: Monica Vitti, Franco Branciaroli, Paolo Bonacelli, Elisabetta Pozzi, Luigi Diberti, Amad Saha Alan, Carla Buzzanca
          • Written by: Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, based on a play by Jean Cocteau
          • Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
          • MPAA Rating: Unrated
          • Language: Italian with English subtitles
          • Running Time: 129 minutes
          • Release Date: 09/02/1981
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          About Elly (2015)

          I know I'm being difficult, but I just can't help being annoyed that someone as brilliant as Jafar Panahi is under house arrest and banned from making films, and that the less interesting Asghar Farhadi gets full support and international distribution. It's not that Farhadi is a bad filmmaker. My favorite of his films is Fireworks Wednesday (2006), and certainly the Oscar-winning A Separation (2011) has its strong points, as does The Past (2013). But he's basically Salieri to Panahi's Mozart; he's the official, court-sanctioned filmmaker, while the true talent is kept in the margins. Time will sort things out, certainly, but right now, no one seems to notice the difference. read more...
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            About Elly (2015)

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            • With: Taraneh Alidousti, Golshifteh Farahani, Mani Haghighi, Shahab Hosseini, Merila Zarei, Peyman Moadi, Rana Azadivar, Ahmad Mehranfar, Sabe Abar
            • Written by: Asghar Farhadi, based on a story by Azad Jafarian, Asghar Farhadi
            • Directed by: Asghar Farhadi
            • MPAA Rating: NR
            • Language: Persian, with English subtitles
            • Running Time: 119 minutes
            • Release Date: 05/21/2015
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            Fox and His Friends (1975)

            Rainer Werner Fassbinder practically sweated films. Coming from the German New Wave of the 60s and 70s (which also included Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders), Fassbinder (1945-1982) poured out something like 40 films in his brief 37 years of life before he committed suicide in 1982 with a drug overdose. read more...
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            Fox and His Friends (1975)

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            • With: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm (a.k.a. Karl-Heinz Böhm), Adrian Hoven, Christiane Maybach, Harry Baer (a.k.a. Harry Bär), Hans Zander, Kurt Raab
            • Written by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Christian Hohoff
            • Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
            • MPAA Rating: Unrated
            • Language: German with English subtitles
            • Running Time: 123 minutes
            • Release Date: 04/30/1975
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