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Better Living Through Chemistry

Woodbury New York, a quiet, affluent community where everyone and everything seems bent on emasculating pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell). His spoiled wife Kara (Michelle Monaghan) is more interested in her marathon biking partners than in him. His father-in-law (Ken Howard) has finally retired and signed over his drugstore to Doug, but he refuses to take his name off it. And he wants to take over the raising of Doug’s teenage son Ethan (Harrison Holzer), who seldom emerges from his black-painted bedroom. Even Doug’s employees only pretend—just barely—to do what he tells them.

Tim's Vermeer

It was done with mirrors. That’s Tim Jenison’s theory as to how the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was able to produce oil paintings that even today are startling for their almost photographic realism.



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