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  • Uncle Kent 2

    Uncle Kent 2

    I just heard "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister on the radio and I was filled with a surge of affection for this film.

  • Who Am I This Time?

    Who Am I This Time?

    ★★★★★

    Program notes written for The Public Cinema's 11-film Jonathan Demme retrospective, LIFE IS PERFORMANCE / PERFORMANCE IS LIFE, at Big Ears 2017:

    “One of the best movies about acting, and what it is, and why, that I have ever seen.”–Shelia O’Malley

    Jonathan Demme’s interest in the roles we play in love and in work, on stage and off, is distilled into its most concentrated and charming form in Who Am I This Time? Christopher Walken plays Harry Nash, an introverted…

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    Program notes written for The Public Cinema's 11-film Jonathan Demme retrospective, LIFE IS PERFORMANCE / PERFORMANCE IS LIFE, at Big Ears 2017:

    Winner of the National Society of Film Critics award for Best Documentary.

    “Redefines how we look at musical performance.”–Keith Uhlich, Senses of Cinema

    “The overwhelming impression throughout Stop Making Sense is of enormous energy, of life being lived at a joyous high.”–Roger Ebert

    “We didn’t want any of the bullshit. . . . We didn’t want the clichés.…

  • Swimming to Cambodia

    Swimming to Cambodia

    Program notes written for The Public Cinema's 11-film Jonathan Demme retrospective, LIFE IS PERFORMANCE / PERFORMANCE IS LIFE, at Big Ears 2017:

    In a small New York theater, Spalding Gray sits at a desk and recounts his experiences as a bit player in the Academy Award-nominated film The Killing Fields, about the Cambodian civil war and genocide. He relays hilarious and heartbreaking anecdotes about his search for “the perfect moment” while teasing out the ironies and obscene excesses of a…