2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

It’s been a great run for Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, introduced 25 years ago and produced nonstop in Japan ever since. The formula Mazda used was deceptively simple: Build a sweet-handling, inexpensive, reliable roadster, build it right, and let the competitors try to do as well. To date, no one has. ...

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Birdman offers visual and emotional wonder

Michael Keaton gives a "brave performance" in Birdman, according to the Reel Dad.

Film is a visual medium. How a director chooses to use the camera defines how the narrative evolves. The same plot can look and feel one way if a camera is static — standing still, rarely moving — or another if the camera moves. At the movies, visual nuance matters. In Alejandro González ...

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Dogs and people behaving badly

Dogs behaving badly?

Q.  The pet store near my house has an open door policy for people to bring their pets with them to the store. I find it odd enough that people do this, but find it worse when their pets, usually dogs, bark and are aggressive to the other dogs that are there. What do you... Read More

What makes an orchestra ‘professional?’

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra.

Larry Kopp, executive director of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, has offered the following commentary in response to a recent article in the Arts & Leisure section. Residents of Fairfield and Westchester Counties truly have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the arts in ...

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Treasures from Altman and Eastwood, plus Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates in 'Misery,' for which she won an Oscar.

Some reel surprises are easy to find on broadcast and cable television this weekend: Movies with stories, characters and stars! So, if you plan to look for a movie to share, take a look at what’s on the tube. Here are a few ideas. Gosford Park (2001) The great director Robert Altman — who ...

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Nature is the bond between generations

Mike Freeman's new book.

Nature writers are a special breed.  They see forests differently.  They pick up the scent of plants and animals, identify birds by their song, know more about weather than most of us. Henry Thoreau, Rachel Carson, have opened our eyes and ears to a new understanding of the natural world. Mike ...

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What directors choose: Lessons from N.Y. Film Fest

Clouds of Sils Maria

Each year the New York Film Festival celebrates the magic filmmakers can create when they dare to reach beyond usual approaches. This year’s event reminded us how special film can be when directors push what the medium can reveal. Here are a few lessons to savor. Story Matters. At a time when ...

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