Double feature: This is a pairing of two documentaries that diverge in tone but share a surprisingly similar ambition: to illuminate the thoughts of those whose minds might be unfathomable to us.
Double feature: Okay, so, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is set in space, while “Mon Oncle” takes place in a modernist home in the French suburbs. But both concern themselves with progress and evolution, contrasting the earthy warmth of the past with the chilly possibilities of the future.
Double feature: “Footnote” and “The Story of Qui Ju” are two films that explore the concept of advocacy. Both contrast characters who can’t, or won’t, stand up for themselves with relatives who defend their interests by proxy, often against their own. The former are partially motivated by pride and practicality, the latter by a sense of justice being violated.
Double feature: Here are two ravishingly beautiful, radiantly intelligent films whose beauty and brains are in large part due to their shared attention to the details of domestic life.
Double feature: There isn’t much to argue about/with the assertion that New York is a city of cultural, as well as financial, wealth. The enviably literate, well-spoken characters in “The Last Days of Disco” and “Hannah and Her Sisters” are socially and temperamentally positioned to take advantage of both. In traveling the seams where money, art, breeding, and beauty meet in various combinations, they let us vicariously do so as well.
Double feature: This week marks the one-year anniversary of “Make it a Double…Feature,” so it seems fitting to cover two films that give beginnings their due.