Cinemadope: Sweet and Hot, Three stories of Asian flavors
Mar24

Cinemadope: Sweet and Hot, Three stories of Asian flavors

Everyone with a go-to Chinese take-out joint is sure of one thing: theirs is the best. It’s a partisan game on a par with Left vs. Right or The Beatles vs. The Stones — I once witnessed, on a Brooklyn street corner, a heated argument about the neighborhood’s best place, something otherwise reserved for the almighty pizza. Once they’ve made their choice most people will never stray, and for many a big part of the initial taste test...

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Cinemadope: French Twist, A surprisingly resilient piece of sci-fi
Mar18

Cinemadope: French Twist, A surprisingly resilient piece of sci-fi

During the waves of police brutality protests that rolled across the nation this last half-year, there were any number of arresting images: protestors pouring milk in their eyes to counteract the tear gas used to disperse crowds; a highway patrolman leading a peaceful march alongside protestors; another officer pointing his rifle into a cameraman’s lens. Yet for all the high emotion and potential violence in many of those moments, it...

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Cinemadope
Mar10

Cinemadope

At long, long, last, I can finally announce: this is the last Cinemadope column of this long, long winter. Next week, spring will be upon us, at least by the calendar, and we can all begin to forget the frigid and snowbound Sartre play that this winter has been. To give just one example of the absurd futility that New Englanders faced during the worst of it, a Bostonian friend of mine managed to land what must have been one of the...

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Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs
Mar03

Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs

I’m not sure exactly when it was that I realized that my mom wasn’t quite like most of the other moms in our neighborhood. And from the outside, at least when I was still a boy, maybe she didn’t strike others as different, either: husband, two kids, house, a station wagon that took her to a job ringing the register at a local supermarket. There were no price scanners then. But then she came home and sat next to me on the couch, and...

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Cinemadope: Colorizing Winter, Saturday morning cartoons and a ’60s era gem
Feb25

Cinemadope: Colorizing Winter, Saturday morning cartoons and a ’60s era gem

As we turn the corner into March, the kids have headed back to school, leaving the rest of New England to get back to the important business of shoveling out parking spaces and shoring up roofs creaking under the weight of ice dams. But if this long winter is starting to seem like nothing but shades of white, Amherst Cinema’s Family Films series continues to provide a bit of welcome color to the weekends. The series, which got...

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Cinemadope: Old Masters, New Looks
Feb18

Cinemadope: Old Masters, New Looks

Ask just about anyone to name a famous painting, and it’s a good bet that “The Mona Lisa” will be the first thing to jump to most people’s lips. Da Vinci’s most famous work — and bear in mind, this is from the guy who also painted “The Last Supper” — may be on the small side (it’s less than two feet across) but it looms large in our collective subconscious. It’s impossible to think of another work that has been so pored over, puzzled...

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