For my money, Alien was either No. 1 or No. 2 on my list of all-time scariest movies. (The other is The Exorcist.) The conception of the title character is key to that horror and so, looking into the mind of the artist HR Giger, is a journey you don’t want to take when the […]
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Earlier this year, Dan Baum, writing in Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs for Harper’s Magazine revealed that: In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that […]
The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, widely assumed to simply end slavery, doesn’t. The amendment reads: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, [emphasis mine, JH] shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Two books—WEB […]
Gene pissed his pants at time mark 2:50…
Well, maybe. Brendon Marotta, drilling down in Can Movies Change Your Testosterone Level? writes: One of the most established aspects of testosterone is that winning raises your testosterone and losing lowers it. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t even have to be you that loses. Testosterone changes during vicarious experiences of winning and losing. […]
Steve, Matt and Tristan with Chuck D of Public Enemy, during the march. The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus emails: Can you make it to The Bevy in Birdtown this evening? We are showing the movie Pay 2 Play, which is about how corporations have taken over our democracy. We are asking for $10 donation if […]
Thomas Wolfe became the Tupac Shakur of his generation. During his brief lifetime—he died on my birthday in 1938 at the age of 37—he saw only eight of his 18 completed works published. The most recent of his works, O Lost: A Story Of The Buried Life (the 736-page, unabridged version of Look Howard Angel, […]
I love that so many in the audience were singing along. Here’s a odd tidbit. I came to Beethoven, actually to classical music in general, via the movie A Clockwork Orange.
As a rule, I don’t watch the extras on DVDs because I have found them generally to be masturbatory filler. This has not been the case with the documentary Dalton Trumbo: Rebel In Hollywood found on 2009 DVD release. This hour-long documentary explores the career of Dalton Trumbo, his struggles as a member of the […]
As a freshman at Colorado State University in 1974, I remember gathering for beer and a television marathon of Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with my floormates. Clint Eastwood’s uomo senza nome was brilliant, but Blondie needed Eli Wallach’s Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria […]
Listen very carefully to Francis Marion’s words (as interpreted by Walt Disney in 1959) beginning at the 7:25 minute mark and you’ll understand why all imperial adventurism and colonialism ultimately fails.
And Dies Irae begat and begat and begat and begat…
Practice Makes Perfect…
Only two movies have scared the holy shit out of me and given me nightmares: William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and Ridley Scott’s Alien. Giger created the most horrible monster that anyone has ever imagined. When I get home I’ll put on some Brain Salad Surgery…
Mano Singham, easily one of the wisest men I have ever had the honor to know, writes: Those who advocate shredding people’s constitutional protections and using barbaric methods like torture in order to ‘protect us’ and ‘keep us safe’ have the easy side of the argument because they are appealing to emotions like fear. Those […]
More than 13 years later, I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie.
Sherry Chandler reminded me this morning of the power of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: The man sitting in the iron seat did not look like a man; gloved, goggled, rubber dust mask over nose and mouth, he was a part of the monster, a robot in the seat. The thunder of the cylinders […]
Depending upon travel times, I’ll either catch the 1230 or 1300 showing…
This is the movie not to see… Glenn Greenwald’s updates (at the bottom) are vital for understanding the meta of this film: That so many reviewers walked away with a pro-torture message from the film – that torture was key to finding bin Laden – means that large numbers of viewers likely will as well, […]
I watched last night’s episode on line this morning and I think The Lesson may be the best Criminal Minds ever, not the least of which for the homage to Being John Malcovich.