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Joan Rivers Really Was a Piece of Work

Posted on 12 September 2014

Joan Rivers’ untimely, shocking death has resulted in a run on her 2012 autobiography I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me.  I hope it also calls attention to the splendid film documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work , which was made in 2010 by the terrific documentary team, Ricki Stern and Annie Sunberg.  Rivers helped [...]


Emily Browning Helps God Help the Girl

Posted on 04 September 2014

God Help the Girl fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. In fact, the debut feature by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the Scottish cult band Belle & Sebastian, would surely attract young people to the Bay Street Theater for a change.

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John Lithgow on Love Is Strange

Posted on 21 August 2014

Love Is Strange fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Ira Sachs’ moving character piece opens this Friday in New York and L.A., and will expand to Long Island theaters on September 19. Sachs wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias, his collaborator on his previous, semiautobiographical film, Keep the Lights On.

Is It Unlikely That Chang’s Cécile Is For Real?

Posted on 17 August 2014

I met Wei Ling Chang several years at the Tribeca Film Festival when she was doing a reading of one of her scripts-in-progress. Impressed, I watched her chilling horror short Aunt Tigress and recognized a budding talent. So I am delighted that she has released her first feature, The Unlikely Girl, a splendid, sexy little [...]

The Curtain Rises Early on Get on Up in East Hampton

Posted on 31 July 2014

Get on Up opens this week at the UA East Hampton Cinema 6 at a special time, 8 p.m. on Thursday night, an indication that the much-anticipated James Brown biopic is getting special treatment. The advance word is strong and I am expecting Chadwick Boseman to give an electrifying, star-making performance as the very complicated [...]

Emergency Water Shut Off in North Haven

Posted on 24 July 2014

Customers connected to the Suffolk County Water Authority on North Haven Friday afternoon experienced an emergency shut down of service. According to a customer service representative from SCWA, the authority was replacing a water main on Ferry Road near Fresh Pond Rd. when it experienced “unforeseen problems” At about 4 p.m. The representative could not [...]

The Healing Power of Music Is Evident in “Alive Inside”

Posted on 24 July 2014

Michael Rossato-Bennett (L) and Dan Cohen. Alive Inside:A Story of Music & Memory fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday it opens nationally, as it begins its second week in NYC.  Director Michael Rossato-Bennett literally ran to the post office before its midnight closing in order to submit it in [...]

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Robert E. Kalbacher

Posted on 23 July 2014

Robert E. Kalbacher, 82, of Springs, East Hampton, died Saturday, July 19. The hours for paying respects to Mr. Kalbacher will be observed at   Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, on Wednesday, July 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Michael’s Lutheran [...]

Twelve Years in the Making: The “BoyHood” Press Conference

Posted on 10 July 2014

BoyHood fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor.  This Friday, innovative writer-director Richard Linklater’s bold 164-minute opus covering twelve years in the life of a boy (Ellar Coltrane as Mason), as well as his sister (the director’s daughter Lorelei as Samantha) and his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette as Olivia and Ethan Hawke [...]

Ashim Ahluwalia Shows Us the Ugly Side in Miss Lovely

Posted on 26 June 2014

Miss Lovely fits my category Movies That Should Play in Sag Harbor. Indian director-writer Ashim Ahluwalia’s second feature opened at the Cinema Village in New York City last Friday.  Everyone won’t like it but few will deny that it’s a uniquely made narrative about a subject we know nothing about.  It’s set in Mumbai’s sex-horror [...]