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  • Stalked by My Doctor: The Return

    Stalked by My Doctor: The Return

    ★★★★

    No thoughts, head full, just wackadoo superfreak Dr. Eric Roberts making pancakes in the shape of his teenage crush's name and symbolically drizzling maple syrup all over them. Mmmm, chef's kiss.

    Thanks for the recommendation, Pippin!

  • Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

    Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

    ★★★

    It's back to the Film Forum for me as I saw Truman & Tennessee there today, a recent documentary by Lisa Immordino Vreeland that juxtaposes the lives and careers of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Both men were among the literary superstars of the mid-to-late twentieth century, the former earning widespread acclaim for such books as In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Grass Harp, while the latter penned numerous notable (occasionally Pulitzer Prize-winning) plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire,…

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  • Ethnic Notions

    Ethnic Notions

    ★★★★½

    The first federally designated observance of Juneteenth as a holiday is a day for reflection. Therefore I headed to Criterion Channel to watch a film that has been on my mind ever since its upload to the app: Marlon Riggs' Ethnic Notions. Produced for KQED-TV and narrated by Esther Rolle, the 58-minute documentary follows the rise of racist Black caricatures that prevailed both before and after the Civil War, images which have gone beyond the stage and screen to have…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★★

    Father's Day watch. Ozu perfection. Chishû Ryû and Setsuko Hara make one of the all-time great, melancholy father-daughter pairings. Ryû keeps his emotion rolled up inside, letting it out only in small, quiet ways; Hara, as always, has a smile that could power the sun, but when those beams fade, the effect is like a dagger to the heart.

    "Drink Coca-Cola" signage overlooks an isolated beach, so who is the message for?

    Characters laugh merrily when discussing their wartime suffering.…