JULIE & JULIA (Nora Ephron, 2009)

I had never liked any of writer-director Nora Ephron’s films, so I’m quite surprised how enjoyable I found Julie & Julia, which she based on Julie Powell’s memoir, which in turn was based on Powell’s online account of spending a year, after work, cooking her way through idol Julia Child’s great book Mastering the Art […]

THE ZOO (Satyajit Ray, 1967)

Like The Maltese Falcon, the absorbing, richly entertaining whodunit Chiriyakhana, from the novel by Sharadindu Bandopadhay, begins with a fascinating client: Nisanath Sen (Susil Majumdar, brilliant). In Calcutta, Sen hires python-owning private detective Byomkesh Bakshi (Uttam Kumar, wonderful—best actor, West Bengal Government Prize) to track down both the song “What Do You Know About Love?” […]