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So far CB Wismar has created 29 blog entries.

Citizen Artist – Tom Zetterstrom

Meeting photographer Tom Zetterstrom in his Canaan, CT, home is instantly reminiscent of encountering Henry David Thoreau’s explanation for why he established a cabin in the woods overlooking Walden Pond and spent over a year of his life among the maples, pines, and elm. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, […]

2020-03-25T21:29:23-04:00March 25th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – HOPE GAP

The film title, “Hope Gap” may be difficult to remember since it refers not to a character, but a place – a cove on the south coast of England near where Grace (Anette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy) have lived for most of their 29 year marriage.  When son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) is summoned home […]

2020-03-24T09:34:43-04:00March 15th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – SEBERG

Seberg” is that volatile film combination of fact and fiction that must be taken at face value and enjoyed (or not) for what it is.  Yes, the FBI did terrorize actress Jean Seberg for her connections with the Black Panthers, among other radical groups.  Yes, she did have an emotionally charged life that led to […]

2020-03-03T08:41:45-05:00March 2nd, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – Parasite

If you missed the winner of the OSCAR for not only Best Picture, but Best Director and Best International Film (the old “Foreign Language” category), then your chance is back.  “Parasite” is playing in wide release, a victory lap of sorts for the richly awarded film by Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho.

Now’s your opportunity to see […]

2020-02-16T17:11:13-05:00February 16th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – THE GENTLEMEN

This could be one of those moments when we celebrate the fine line between criticism and review.  There have been some self-important critics who have maligned “The Gentlemen,” Guy Ritchie’s latest action/intrigue/comedy offering for a variety of reasons, most of which seem to miss the point.

Matthew McConaughey stars in this British intrigue, stepping out of […]

2020-02-03T16:05:52-05:00February 2nd, 2020|

ELEGANCE ON CANVAS – ALLEN BLAGDEN

Allen Blagden’s career as an internationally celebrated artist is embodied in a story arc that begins, lifts and soars, then settles into a comfortable sense of accomplishment and enduring promise. His talent has been widely celebrated, recognized with awards and – perhaps most importantly – included in private and public collections of great note. And, […]

2020-02-01T23:31:42-05:00February 1st, 2020|

A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS

“And the OSCAR goes to …”

But, hold on. Before we start handing out eight-and-a-half-pound statues, let’s begin with how we get there.

The OSCARS … the Academy Awards … are presented every year

by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). That esteemed body is made up of 8,469 […]

2020-02-01T19:49:28-05:00February 1st, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – DOOLITTLE

If there is a formula for the film “Doolittle,” it may well be the following:

Huge budget ($117Million) + Big Name Stars (Robert Downey, Jr., Emma Thompson, Antonio Banderas, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, etc.) + Exotic computer generated images set into sweeping film footage +  Talented director (Stephen Gaghan who wrote and directed “Syriana” […]

2020-01-28T14:09:40-05:00January 26th, 2020|

AUTHOR/FILMMAKER JOHN SAYLES APPEARING AT OBLONG BOOKSTORE IN RHINEBECK ON FEBRUARY 3

John Sayles is internationally recognized as a fiercely independent filmmaker.  After appearing on the radar of the film establishment with his first feature “Return of the Secaucus 7,” he built a career and a string of celebrated feature films by doing it, as the old Frank Sinatra song proclaims, “my way.”

There were scripts to write […]

2020-01-28T14:10:47-05:00January 17th, 2020|

FILM REVIEW – LITTLE WOMEN

“Little Women” is not a little film.  In fact, it is quite large – in production scope, in reception and in the concentration of creative genius it crams into 2 hours and 15 minutes. And, one more.  It is quite large in heart.

Greta Gerwig, who rocketed to fame and recognition with “Lady Bird” has crafted a script based […]

2020-01-28T14:11:14-05:00January 16th, 2020|