Karen Martin’s Home Movies: Love is Strange, Wetlands, Bird People, Fitzcarraldo, Young Ones, Jessebelle and The Two Faces of January

January 16, 2015

  Love Is Strange, directed by Ira Sachs (R, 98 minutes) There’s passion, there’s love, and there’s commitment. All three are major motifs in the bittersweet, beautifully told story of a long-term commitment at the heart of Love Is Strange. …

Damn, Stevie ….

January 15, 2015

One of the reasons I’m sorry for you if you missed the ’70s.

For our degenerate gambler friends, Sam Blair predicts the Oscar nods

January 14, 2015

Monkey note: In the interest of getting this out quickly, we’re forgoing our usual coding and cleaning up with this post. So get thee to your bookie. By Sam Blair Armchair Critic Will be announced Thursday morning, Jan 15, 2015, …

Je ne suis ni terroriste ni charlie; je suis humanité

January 11, 2015

There is a voice inside your head you recognize as conscience, as a moral token, a little tab of God. It is what you believe over evidence and argument, over logic and persuasive words. To you it is truth, and …

Off the Clock movies: The Gambler and The Skin (La peele)

January 5, 2015

I believed in my system … within a quarter of an hour I won 600 francs. This whetted my appetite. Suddenly I started to lose, couldn’t control myself and lost everything. After that I … took my last money, and …


January 3, 2015

for Miller Williams Vito Corleone was in the hospital, on the first night of 2015. While my phone buzzing in the other room we focused our attention on the screen. We watched until they blew up Apollonia, then we took …

Miller Williams examines the world’s need for the art of poetry

January 2, 2015

Miller Williams died Thursday. This is a piece I wrote in 2006 Full disclosure is a journalistic mantra much in vogue. So let it be said that the poet Miller Williams is more than a friend of mine; we are …

Lucinda Williams, “Compassion”

January 2, 2015

Goodbye, boss.

14 for 2014: Mark Thiedeman’s Favorite Films of the Year

January 1, 2015

Monkey note: Our thanks to filmmaker Mark Thiedeman (Last Summer and Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls) for his thoughts on the year in cinema. By Mark Thiedeman Are you ready for some film evangelism?! Here are the best movies I saw …