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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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.
Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 - Much of the talk is about celebrity and how it undermines the humanity of the writer, the gap between the writer’s persona and his reality, and the emptiness of pop culture, which Wallace also loves.
Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 - Like so many of Allen’s films over the last two decades, “Irrational Man” seems knocked out -- an incomplete draft for a film rather than a fully realized work.
Friday, 10 Apr 2015 - In “While We’re Young” Baumbach has made a more mainstream comedy. It’s one that displays his keen insight into the comic/pathetic nature of human behavior, and a social intelligence that captures the absurdities and pain of the generational divide.
Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 - Kyle has no doubt that he is fighting for both his country and his notion of God and for protecting his brother soldiers. He manifests almost no guilt about what he has done, though one knows that among his victims there are innocents as well as genuine terrorists.
Friday, 30 Jan 2015 - The film is much more than a gangster film. It’s a serious work that deals with the dark side of the American success story.
Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 - Iñárritu has made an off-kilter film. If it sometimes feels too frenzied, and leaves characters and sub-plots hanging, still, it’s a truly imaginative work of art.
Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 - The artists and young professionals who inhabit large slices of contemporary, gentrifying Brooklyn don’t appear here. Rather what’s portrayed is an older version of that borough -- one built on elements of the great On the Waterfront.
Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 - "Calvary" turns out to be a very black comedy about the state of the Catholic Church and the human condition in microcosm.