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I Dislike Bagpipers, But…

…I’m making an exception for Sean Connery. What a stirring tribute to him at the Kennedy Center honors, way back in the Clinton years.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Dance: This weekend, the Bard College streaming site will offer Pam Tanowitz’s dance masterpiece “Four Quartets”…Music: Why am I listening to so much bluegrass? Why am I listening to so much (right-winger) Alison Krauss?…Books: Barack Obama’s new memoir, “The Promised Land,” is worth your time, though there’s a bit too much policy wonkery for my pleasure…Movies: The wonderful Italian movie “Martin Eden,” based on Jack London, is still streaming on the Film at Lincoln Center website…Sports: Quite a month in Los Angeles sports: first the Lakers, now the Dodgers.

“Requiem For A Dream”: An Appreciation

“Requiem for a Dream,” based on the Hubert Selby novel, has long been recognized as a classic film. But it’s not one that most people revisit frequently. It’s a tough look at addiction and psychosis. As the movie turns 20, Guy Lodge offers an appreciation.

MGM Delays Showing “Respect”

MGM as delayed “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, by seven months from Jan. 15 to Aug. 13 in the latest shuffle of a major title amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The delay means that Hudson will not be eligible for the upcoming Oscar race in Best Actress, a category in which she was expected to contend seriously.

Joni Mitchell: “I’m A Fool For Love”

As she releases a box set of her earliest recordings, in a rare interview Mitchell talks about life before fame, the correct way to sing her songs – and her long struggle to walk and talk again after an aneurysm. Details here.

Adele: SNL Monologue