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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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 - I try to evoke my friends in a way that makes them come alive, always understanding by choice and by ultimate lack of knowledge -- that I have merely scratched the surface.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - No city or region, no matter how ostensibly liberal, is without its racist past and contemporary racial problems and ironies.
Thursday, 30 Mar 2017 - In my mind’s eye, I can still see the barbaric and murderous assault with a car on a bridge whose current version opened in May 1862.
Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 - A Hollywood homage to three gifted African-American women who fulfilled their potential at a time when racism still ruled.
Friday, 10 Feb 2017 - Every day another egregious or horrific decision is made under Trump’s aegis, and it rests heavily on the collective psyche of people.
Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 - For me it's not a protest against the legitimacy of the election but against a compulsive liar of a president who feels morally odious.
Monday, 16 Jan 2017 - We talk about politics, films, and health, and we never run out of steam. The talk is lively, intelligent, and sometimes illuminating.
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 - The Lovings, as they are aptly named, are humble people who are thrown into playing a major historical role.
Monday, 14 Nov 2016 - For a moment, I felt it was the 60s again, and I was back marching against the Vietnam War. I felt exhilarated, but I knew I would feel let down a few hours later.
Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016 - I see four years of roiling social and political conflict ahead, and the country becoming increasingly more polarized.
Friday, 4 Nov 2016 - The New York Halloween Parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world and has been picked by Festivals International as “The Best Event in the World” for October 31.
Monday, 10 Oct 2016 - New York is a dynamic, vibrant city, but one whose constant clamor allows, at least in Manhattan, few moments of serenity. Some people love the din.
Friday, 2 Sep 2016 - This film makes no attempt at being truly realistic and skirts close to hagiography, but is too perceptive to be totally enveloped by it.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 - Despite the newspaper articles depicting the gentrification of the South Bronx, life in the projects and much of the surrounding streets is of a much different order.
Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016 - Trump is a con man, narcissist, compulsive liar, and gifted media manipulator, but what’s most dangerous is that he is a red-faced, raging authoritarian who has contempt for civil liberties.
Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 - I am normally pessimistic about the nature and future of American society, but the Gay Pride march made me feel, for the moment, optimistic.
Saturday, 18 Jun 2016 - The drivers speak of leaving behind countries where political corruption and violence are rife.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - One often stumbles on to perceptions about city life by accident, so as I set out one day to do some food shopping, a number of things strike my eye.
Saturday, 7 May 2016 - Wesker’s plays are vividly grounded in daily life that evoke, among other themes, what it meant to be working class in a class-delimited, class-obsessed and class-dominated England.
Saturday, 16 Apr 2016 - Those Bronx streets, parks, schools where I grew up are much easier to invoke than what transpired in the home.
Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 - I’m someone who likes to ask questions of some of the people I run into, and more often than not people are willing to talk either about themselves or the world they inhabit in evocative and informative ways.
Wednesday, 9 Mar 2016 - What bothers me is that Kaufman’s minor masterpiece was bypassed for the Best Animated Film Oscar …. In a way, it’s a puppet version of an Ingmar Bergman film.
Sunday, 21 Feb 2016 - The Coens provide seamless direction, richly recreating the old film genres and Hollywood without indulging in crude caricature.
Monday, 15 Feb 2016 - One wants to see some of the grit and buildings on the Bowery preserved. The street had a distinctive personality, and an aesthetic of its own.
Sunday, 24 Jan 2016 - The city is struggling to recover from the blizzard. I can hear the whistling sound of heavy winds through my window.
Monday, 18 Jan 2016 - One lives with the feeling in New York that the unexpected can always arise… unscripted surreal and naturalistic dramas may spontaneously erupt.
Thursday, 7 Jan 2016 - These paintings combine realism and expressionism and are aimed at capturing the vitality and hedonism of urban life.
Saturday, 2 Jan 2016 - When I was in my twenties, the holidays meant a frantic race from party to party. They were usually unsatisfying, even alienating, experiences.
Monday, 21 Dec 2015 - None of these over-the-top displays aim at subtlety but their spectacle attempts to envelop us all in holiday good feelings, and it succeeds with many. Still, the abattoir much of the world has turned into repels and frightens me.
Monday, 23 Nov 2015 - Fear alone should never be the basis of policy. It leads to a kind of hysteria.
Friday, 13 Nov 2015 - No matter how much we work at keeping fit, there is no predicting when we will be struck, and suddenly become more fragile, even incapacitated.
Friday, 4 Sep 2015 - The film reminds one of Woody Allen at his best -- profoundly urban and urbane with Greta Gerwig playing an even more quick-witted variation of Diane Keaton. I’m not saying Baumbach’s film is as good as 'Manhattan' or 'Annie Hall,' but it comes close.