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Man Facing Southeast (1986) Directed by Eliseo Subiela In his work, Argentine auteur Eliseo Subiela (1944-2016) blended surrealism and magical realism in narratives that are partly philosophical, partly spiritual. Man Facing Southeast is his best-known film, if it’s known at all now in the US. A humanistic lo-fi sci-fi movie, it shares affinities with The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Starman (1984), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s...
Johnny Guitar (1954) Directed by Nicholas Ray Johnny Guitar may not have the pedigree of The Searchers or the easy lovability of Rio Bravo, but it’s arguably twice as compelling as any classic western because it’s internally calibrated to a completely unique rhythm. Ray turned every genre into dance, sometimes a sensual ballet, sometimes a furious tango. Johnny Guitar is his paranoid waltz, with enough partner changes and tempo changes to make your head spin; only...
While an inner city gang or a group of once-bullied gay and transgender teens might seem likely subjects for a documentary, there is nothing predictable about The Check It, an all-gay African-American gang (America's only, it seems) based out of Washington DC. The young members of the gang were once relentlessly bullied before banding together in 2005 to form Check It in one of DC's most troubled neighborhoods. Directors Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer...
Park Slope resident, former FDNY firefighter, 55th "Greatest Brooklynite of All Time," and all-around good guy Steve Buscemi continues quietly solidifying his reputation as such, helping out with a bone marrow drive held on Tuesday for the 2-year-old son of Williamsburg firefighter Tim Hogan. "The firefighting community is my family, so I just met and he's already a brother," Buscemi told CBS New York. Hogan's son, Owen, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, and...

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