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Semyon Bychkov, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna, Austria in 2017.

As Performing Artists Denounce Or Stay Allied With Putin, History Offers Some Lessons

Russia reveres its high arts heritage of classical music and ballet. But Western European and American arts organizations are canceling appearances by performers who have financial or personal ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including some of Russia’s biggest stars. At the same time, some Russian and Russian-born artists have been speaking out against the invasion of Ukraine. Continue Reading As Performing Artists Denounce Or Stay Allied With Putin, History Offers Some Lessons

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Being the Ricardos

Reeder’s Movie Reviews: Being the Ricardos

Let’s start with the paradoxes. The latest film from Oscar- and Emmy-winning writer-director Aaron Sorkin boasts several. Its two protagonists don’t look all that much like the historical characters they portray (although Nicole Kidman with red hair comes pretty close). The female lead, a comedy legend, has very few funny lines in the story. And, although the movie has the basic structure of a play, it provides a decidedly cinematic experience. Continue Reading Reeder’s Movie Reviews: Being the Ricardos

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C’mon C’mon

Reeder’s Movie Reviews: C’mon C’mon

The writer, director and graphic artist Mike Mills loves to explore family. His own family, to be precise. In Beginners (2010), for which the late Christopher Plummer won an Academy Award, Mills dramatizes his elderly father’s gay relationship with a much younger man. In 20th Century Women (2016), for which Mills himself earned an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay, he focuses on his mother, portrayed by Annette Bening, and her unconventional lifestyle as a single mom in late 1970s California. Of course, the characters of Oliver and Jamie in those films serve as Mills’ alter egos. His latest project, C’mon C’mon, is the most existential and least coherent in his trilogy (to date), despite its many strengths. Continue Reading Reeder’s Movie Reviews: C’mon C’mon

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