Archive for the 'Movies' Category

WHY READING OUR CONSTITUTION IS VITAL…

September 27th, 2016

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 […]

GREATEST TRIBUTE TO GENE WILDER YET…

September 1st, 2016

Gene pissed his pants at time mark 2:50…

DO CLEVELAND MEN FEEL EMASCULATED…?

August 1st, 2016

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. […]

THE PEOPLE PAY AND THE BILLIONAIRES PLAY…

July 20th, 2016

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, GENIUS AND MENTAL ILLNESS…

July 9th, 2016

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, […]

A BIT OF JOY FOR A SATURDAY MORNING…

February 27th, 2016

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.

DALTON TRUMBO: REBEL IN HOLLYWOOD

March 23rd, 2015

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 […]

ELI HERSCHELL WALLACH: 1915-2014…

June 26th, 2014

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 […]

THE SWAMP FOX AND ISIS…

June 17th, 2014

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.

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS DIES IRAE

June 8th, 2014

And Dies Irae begat and begat and begat and begat…

FIRST KISS…

May 29th, 2014

Practice Makes Perfect…

H.R. GIGER: 1940-2014…

May 13th, 2014

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…

TO KNOW LIFE IS TO CHANCE RISK…

May 5th, 2014

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 […]

THE FIRST KEY TO WRITING IS TO WRITE

April 27th, 2014

More than 13 years later, I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie.

RESISTANCE IS MANDATORY…

August 29th, 2013

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 […]

WHERE I’LL BE THIS AFTERNOON…

December 14th, 2012

Depending upon travel times, I’ll either catch the 1230 or 1300 showing…

IF YOU DON’T SEE A MOVIE THIS CHRISTMAS…

December 11th, 2012

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, […]

THE LESSON, BEST CRIMINAL MINDS EVER…

December 6th, 2012

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.

HEY PD WRITERS, YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS…

December 4th, 2012

Via What’s Up: WHAT: Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work WHERE: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River WHEN: Saturday, 8 December at 7 p.m. WHO: West Shore Film Series CONTACT: Bob Bemer at 440.333.2255 West Shore File Series With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have […]

TONIGHT: START A REVOLUTION…

October 1st, 2012

Via What’s Up: WHAT: How To Start A Revolution WHERE: Northwest Akron Branch Library,1720 Shatto Ave., Akron WHEN: Monday, 1 October, 6:30 p.m. WHO: Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee How To Start A Revolution is predominately concerned with Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, the 198 non-violent “weapons” […]

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