The joys — and snares — of instant global communication

September 17, 2017

   Jack Schnedler, this blog’s occasional peripatetic correspondent, is back with wife Marcia in Iceland this month. It’s their fourth visit in six years to these longtime globetrotters’ currently favorite foreign destination. Both retired in 2011 from editor’s jobs at …

A Sunday Morning set

September 17, 2017

Fooling around with new equipment.

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Five

September 12, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 5 Films: 3 Vibe: Ground Down Chappaquiddick: For a film that could have gone absolutely, terribly wrong, John Cullen’s examination of the infamous Ted Kennedy incident that left a young woman drowned and his political career in tatters is almost …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Four

September 11, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 4 Films: 3 Vibe: Dispirited Mary Shelley: One of the bigger disappointments of the festival so far, especially considering the talent of the director, Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda) and the potency of the subject matter. Shelley, of course, was the …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Three

September 10, 2017

TIFF 2017: Day 3 Films: 3 Vibe: Piquant Stronger: Patriots Day was the kind of reactionary, jingoistic bonfire designed almost solely for Boston native son Mark Wahlburg to mutter “They messed with the wrong city!” on screen. David Gordon Green explores similar territory – …

“Before the Deluge”

September 9, 2017

“Before

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day Two

September 9, 2017

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 TIFF 2017: Day 2 Films: 5 Vibe: Observant The Rider: Lyric and beautiful cinema vérité film from Chloé Zhao about a young rodeo cowboy (played by actual rodeo cowboy Brady Jandreau) who is forced to stop riding on horses after …

Piers Marchant at TIFF, Day One

September 8, 2017

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 TIFF 2017: Day 1 Films: 3 Vibe: Consternation Happy End: Michael Haneke isn’t known for his compassion, exactly – he is, after all the filmmaker who made Funny Games essentially to shame American audiences’ love of violence – but hidden within the …

Kevin Kerby, “Coupleskate”

September 6, 2017

Sturgill Simpson, Tiny Desk Concert

August 25, 2017