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Evergreen ( Paul Williams Barbra Streisand Cover ) 05.07.11

I was a Streisand fan from as far back as I can remember. You either are or you aren’t with Barbra Streisand. I am. My first exposure to her as a child in the 1970s, occurred when the afternoon movie programs on local Detroit television stations—our closest network feed, living 55 miles north across the […]

Spirit Made Flesh: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, An Appreciation

  Western guilt faces off against eastern shame in the Nagisa Ôshima art-house cinema classic from 1983, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, the long-unavailable war melodrama lovingly remastered and re-released on DVD by The Criterion Collection. Loosely based on Laurens van der Post‘s memoir The Seed and the Sower, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg adapts and transforms the […]

DVD Review: Late Spring, by Yasujirō Ozu (The Criterion Collection): Great Extras, Okay Transfer

The extras on this disc are fabulous. Tokyo-Ga, in particular, is fantastic. It’s fascinating to see what Chishu Ryu looked like in his old age, and a real eye-opener to learn that he was almost the same age as Setsuko Hara when they were making pictures together, considering he was most often playing her father. […]