Archives for February 2014


Nymphomaniac I

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One Chance

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The right kind of wrong

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Grand Piano

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The Monuments Men

About that forgotten part of WWII history
George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett
Directed by George Clooney

This is the way the world ends, or starts to end, in George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men”: with a bang. In the film’s opening scenes, Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s “Ghent Altarpiece” is loudly dismantled, panel by panel, and prepared—too late, though—for a secret hiding place. The clock is ticking for its fellow masterpieces. World War II is raging and Hitler, an unpromising art student before he ... more >


The character came complete from day one

The character of The Tramp, played by Charlie Chaplin, turned 100 today. He was born on February 7th, 1914 in the short film by Henry Lehrman called "Kids auto races at Venice, Cal." In it Sir Charles Chaplin performs the character that would make him famous for the very first time. He is filmed as he wanders randomly in the middle of a car race and starts--as would be predicted--all kinds of ... more >

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

A giant, fragile and self-effacing, leaves us
(1967 - 2014)

Of course we like them, we love them, we are grateful to them, these stage and film actors who give us so much. When we occasionally hear bad news--an overdose, an accident, an unforgiving illness, a suicide--as the case may be, we’re surprised at how young they were or how untimely their deaths--Heath Ledger comes to mind. All we can do is keep the memories and have a warm thought for them when ... more >