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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 colonialsim 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” […]

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION…

September 29th, 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” […]

IF MOVIE HOUSES DON’T STRIP SEARCH PATRONS…

August 8th, 2012

Expect shell casings everywhere… Zero Dark Thirty is a really, really bad idea… And out just in time for the holidays too.. [facepalm]Feck![/facepalm]

ANYONE CAN GO ALL HULKY…

December 10th, 2011

0828: The Room and film clichés

BEST LORD OF THE RING TWEET…

November 28th, 2011

Frodo, Gollum and the rest are easier to understand if you think of this movie as Peter Jackson’s remake of “Requiem for a Dream.”

KEEF KNIGHT RECOMMENDS: THUNDER SOUL

October 22nd, 2011

Via Keef Knight on Facebook: …watched “Thunder Soul” last night..best flick I’ve seen all year!!

HARRY BELAFONTE: #OCCUPY & SING YOUR SONG

October 13th, 2011

From The Root: TR: You’ve participated in innumerable marches, protests and demonstrations in your life. What’s your take on Occupy Wall Street? HB: The participants are the direct descendants of the people you’ll see in Sing Your Song. TR: Why don’t more of today’s black artists use their platforms for social justice the way you […]

UNDERSTANDING RISING APES AND THE HELP…

September 13th, 2011

As I continue my personal journey to understand I have been taken this morning by the writing of Max Gordon. It is impossible for me to pull the nut from this beautiful piece of long-form journalism. Turn off your phone, turn off the TV/radio, hell, hang the do-not-disturb sign on the door and read.

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