Archive for the 'Movies' Category

IF THIS BE MADNESS…

September 20th, 2017

America needs a Reverend Doctor Francis Willis; We the People need a Senator Howard Baker to stand up for us and all that is great about America. President Donald John Trump is so blatantly unstable, so dangerous to himself and our nation that members of his own party are questioning his sanity. His Strangelovian speech […]

HERMAN HESSE’S DER STEPPENWOLF, 1974…

September 7th, 2017

In high school I was fascinated by the works of Herman Hesse, so much so that I adopted, for a time, the adolescent nickname of Erich Von Hesse; hey I was 15. Steppenwolf was the first book of Hesse’s that I read, not because I knew of the author, but because his name was similar […]

DISNEY HOOKED ME ON THE IDEA BACK IN 1960…

September 4th, 2017

Swiss Family Robinson, of course, built the most awesome tree house ever.

BREAKING NEWS: STEVE BANNON IS OUT…!

August 18th, 2017

Ben Jacobs, reporting in Steve Bannon removed from White House role for The Guardian, writes: Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist, a source has told the Guardian, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration. Multiple news reports confirmed his departure, attributing the information to senior administration sources. […]

MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP’S LOCAL MILK PEOPLE

August 4th, 2017

Not, of course, to be confused with these people…

WHAT I’LL BE WATCHING ON 28 JULY…

July 20th, 2017

KEVIN SPACEY AS CLARENCE DARROW IN DARROW

May 25th, 2017

Last evening, while searching YouTube, I came across a Stephen Colbert interview with one of my favorite actors, Kevin Spacey. Spacey was on The Late Show, of course, because of the much anticipated season five of House of Cards which airs Tuesday on Netflix. What caught my attention, however, was Spacey’s discussion of his one-man-show—Darrow. […]

TO BE VIEWED ONLY ON BRIGHT SUNNY DAYS…

November 2nd, 2016

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 […]

WHAT NIXON BEGAN, BILL CLINTON COMPLETED…

October 2nd, 2016

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 […]

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…

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