Screen Time: A Perfume Moment in “Citizen Kane”

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Last night Mr. TC and I went to see Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane” at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey, a restored 1929 movie palace in Jersey City. Watching this masterpiece on the “big screen” for the first time, I was able to appreciate it more than ever before — its compositions, its use of light and shadow, its wealth of detail.

Speaking of detail, my eye was caught by one small object in a particular scene…

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Screen Time: “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985)

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The film “Desperately Seeking Susan” turned 30 years old this week.

I almost had to get out a pen and paper to confirm that number—THIRTY? really? I didn’t see it when it was released in the theater, but I rented it a couple of years later (VHS tape!) and it’s still one of my favorite romantic comedies. Actually, it might even be one of my “top 25” movies, if I were making such a list…

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My Passive-Aggressive Response to “50 Shades of Grey”

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I don’t want to go on a tirade against “50 Shades of Grey”—really, I don’t. I’d rather completely overlook its existence. I tried to ignore the books when virtually every woman on mass transit except myself was reading them. I tried to ignore the rumors about film versions. But this phenomenon just WOULD NOT GO AWAY, even in New York, where I somehow thought that readers and moviegoers were more sophisticated…

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Quick Reads: Whit Stillman, Chloe Sevigny, and “The Cosmopolitans”

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It would be an understatement to say that I’m an avid follower of Whit Stillman’s work. I saw “Metropolitan” in the theater when it was released in 1990, and I’m still somewhat obsessed with it. (I even used to have a Tumblr-homage to this film.) I’m also a fan of “Barcelona” and “The Last Days of Disco.”

So, I was happy to note, while leafing through an issue of New York magazine in a doctor’s waiting-room, that Stillman will be collaborating with “Disco” star Chloe Sevigny on a new series called “The Cosmopolitans.” Well, according to the article, it’s “an Amazon Studios pilot debuting August 28 that might become a series.” I’m sure I’ll be tuning in and hoping for more.

You can read the New York interview with Stillman and Sevigny here.

I also just found this article, with a preview video clip, from Vanity Fair.

Image: Chloe Sevigny in “The Last Days of Disco,” via IMDB.