Leonard Quart is Professor Emeritus of Cinema — CUNY and COSI; Contributing Editor, Cineaste; Columnist for Berkshire Eagle; and co-author of American Film and Society Since 1945 —4th Edition (Praeger).
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Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 - Much of the city’s urbanscape gains its character from the people and dramas that can provide solace, however dark one's personal mood.
Saturday, 3 Aug 2019 - It’s not Jonathan the man I want to write about, but how he defined himself as an artist, which he saw as a moral imperative—his life’s prime and most passionate commitment.
Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 - When I am in the city l still try to walk a great deal, closely observing the people who pass by me on the street.
Friday, 7 Jun 2019 - As he always has done, Scorsese spoke about film with passion, encyclopedic knowledge and a belief in the greatness of the medium.
Thursday, 25 Apr 2019 - The solution to the problem of store vacancies is hard to achieve. In 2017 there were 200 empty storefronts on Broadway alone.
Friday, 15 Mar 2019 - Rackstraw Downes' paintings would best be described as realist with his sustained, meticulous and intensive outdoor working process, and paintings that draw attention to what is characteristic of the 21st-century cityscape.
Saturday, 23 Feb 2019 - There is nothing unique or wrong in de Blasio’s mix of an affirmation of progressive principles and acting as a practical politician.
Saturday, 19 Jan 2019 - I wanted to leave my parochial Bronx and take greater risks, care less about a secure future, and act out some of the wilder dreams I harbored.
Sunday, 9 Dec 2018 - Predictably, once the artists settled on these streets, this small neighborhood with cobbled streets slowly gentrified.
Thursday, 8 Nov 2018 - One result of the election is that the country is even more divided between rural and suburban, big-city America—not so different than Europe where right wing parties have their support in small towns and rural areas outside cities like Warsaw, Berlin and Budapest.
Saturday, 6 Oct 2018 - What is troubling is not Trump’s predictably crass and sadistic behavior, but the support Kavanaugh has aroused from a sizable portion of the public.
Saturday, 15 Sep 2018 - Of course, there is the political world, which somehow I continue to obsess about -- aching and all.
Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 - Spike Lee's new film "BlacKKKlansman" contains some flaws but, though set in the 1970s, often transcends its weaknesses to heavy-handedly but powerfully evoke our current Trump-dominated era, one in which an unembarrassed racist is in power and the alt-right, including neo-Nazis, has been resurrected.
Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 - When I feel the need, I often invoke images of my prosaic East Bronx neighborhood, which was then an intact, primarily Jewish working-class and lower-class/middle-class mix of a few Art Deco apartment buildings, a few private homes, and many five-story red brick walk-ups and gray tenements.
Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018 - My encounter is the kind that you could easily have in the city if you ask the right questions, and have the patience to sit and listen closely to another person’s revelations.
Friday, 13 Jul 2018 - His aggressive intrusion into British politics only heightened the anger of a large portion of the British public.
Saturday, 7 Jul 2018 - I often stopped there for a latte from one of its kiosks, or just sat there either reading the Times or observing people before class.
Sunday, 27 May 2018 - My wife is a painter enamored with color, so we visited a number of London’s art museums.
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018 - I like the way the city and Central Park interact — the feeling that one can find both seclusion and peace as well as communal excitement.
Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 - My political anger towards those who hold power remains intact. But today on an NYC March I began to feel something has changed.
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018 - “I think that the greatest thing that our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper." -- Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro
Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 - I still can remember an Orchard Street of the ‘40s and ‘50s where my mother took me, a resentful 12 year old, shopping.
Sunday, 4 Feb 2018 - Some of live out their despair publicly -- intoxicated, drugged, and talking to themselves. Others survive more quietly.
Monday, 22 Jan 2018 - There were roughly more than 120,000 marchers and, at one point, the rally stretched more than 20 blocks along Central Park West.
Tuesday, 9 Jan 2018 - I understand the political appeal of charisma, especially of a woman like Oprah who can bridge the racial divide.
Friday, 5 Jan 2018 - The relationship between the tightly wound, easily irritated, tyrannical artist/genius and the watchful, smart woman who works for him as an assistant and model doesn’t go smoothly.
Friday, 22 Dec 2017 - I am not ready to acquiesce, and passively spend my days in virtual reality.
Saturday, 9 Dec 2017 - Being creepy is not the same thing as being predatory, and somehow the lines have to be drawn.
Friday, 1 Dec 2017 - The film left me thinking about the South today. In a number of ways a different, changed world, but in others the same oppressive place.
Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017 - The public exposure of the predatory politicians, actors, TV personalities who harassed girls, women, (and boys) should have happened a long time ago.
Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017 - There is now a push to promote a bevy of first time candidates in local elections — many of them women.
Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 - There is nothing new here, since racism and racist “dog whistles” is a powerful basis for Trump’s support.