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Guardians of the Galaxy

content discovered on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in action adventure, bloggers and critics, books, favorite theaters, science fiction, writing

Guardians of the Galaxyseen @ Movieworld, Douglaston, NY8.19.14"Beware the movie that's Fun! with a capital F, the one populated with seemingly unpretentious characters that say adorable, clever things, the one that presents each off-kilter joke as if it were a porcelain curio, the one that boasts a comfort-food soundtrack of songs you've always liked but perhaps haven't heard in a while. On the plus side,James Gunn'sGuardians of the Galaxy, adapted from the Marvel comic book series of the same name, has...

Books: The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

content discovered on Monday, August 18, 2014 in blog a thons, books, movie stars

The 2014 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge is an event in which the goal is to read and write about a variety of books related to classic film, hosted by Out of the Past. For a complete list of the rules,visit the website.Last week's suicide death of Robin Williams has reminded us once again that the life of a movie star, or any rich and famous celebrity, really, is no refuge from hidden mental anguish.For the record, I thought he was a world-class talent whose best roles fused his maniacal comi...

I am number four (in a metaphorical sense)

content discovered on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in wsw

I can hardly believe I've made this blog last four years. It hasn't always been easy, but it has been personally rewarding for me in a lot of ways. Thank you for joining me on this little journey.A quick update on the WSW book: I've picked out which essays to include and I've gone over them forwards and backwards, spell-checking and streamlining them. It's tedious, to say the least, but it must be done. Also, in case I hadn't mentioned it, there will be new material in this volume. What exactly it is wil...

Split Second

content discovered on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in classic cinema, crime drama, movie makers, movie stars, suspense, world events

Split Secondseen on TV @ TCM8.12.14I've written before about growing up during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war hung over our heads, even if it wasn't something we thought about every day. It wasn't like it was in the 50s; we never had to practice "duck and cover" routines in the classroom or anything like that. For my generation, nuclear war was woven into the culture, but in the background for the most part. Something talked about every now and then, but in the abstract. Something that was ...

Get On Up

content discovered on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in drama, family, friends, music, musical

Get On Upseen @ Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, Jamaica, Queens, NY8.13.14A few years ago, my friend Paul was in town for a few days and I showed him around Brooklyn. At one point, we walked into a record store. Paul's a huge music fan. His bag is techno music and though he's not a professional, he's DJ'ed in the past. This was one of my favorite record shops (sadly, it no longer exists), and I knew I wanted to show it off to him.By and by I spot a CD that I wanted to pick up. I think it was the latest from T...

Too-Heavy X-planations

content discovered on Monday, August 11, 2014 in music, outdoor venues, science fiction

...This speaks to a larger issue in moviegoers and TV fans trying tosolveeverything whether or not it's a puzzle – every ambiguity has to be a clue to something much larger. But that robs so many films of their power. Would "Picnic at Hanging Rock" or "L'Avventura" benefit from solutions to the mysteries that Peter Weir and Michelangelo Antonioni weren't interested in solving? "Room 237" is a fascinating look at movie obsession, but the film doesn't reveal what "The Shining" is about so much as it reveal...

If everyone's a critic, then no one's a critic

content discovered on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 in big ideas, bloggers and critics

...What if we subject ourselves to a piece of art and see something we’ve never seen before. What if it leaves us uncertain of its meaning and it effect on everything else we’ve ever seen? What if it moves us deeply, delights us immensely, or inspires us in the very best ways? What then? Are we supposed to stand cheer and be content to say “that was wonderful?”…or are we as audiences and critics supposed to be able to recognize artistic genius when we are in its presence? Shouldn’t we be able to recogniz...

Boyhood

content discovered on Monday, August 04, 2014 in big ideas, childhood, drama, movie makers, movie stars

Boyhoodseen @ Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY8.1.14You hear parents talk all the time about how time flies by so fast when they're watching their kids grow up. Not being a parent, I wouldn't know what that's like, but I suppose it's analogous to watching a child actor on a long-running TV show grow up. You have a fixed image in your mind of what they look like based on time spent with them, and then suddenly that image changes. Maybe you liked them better when they were younger, maybe not, b...

Guardians of the links

content discovered on Friday, August 01, 2014 in food, horror, movie stars, oscars, ratings, science fiction, wsw

I already announced this on the Facebook page, but part of the reason why I missed a big chunk of July is because I've begun work on a WSW compilation book. It'll collect select posts from the first two years of the blog and also include some new material. It's early yet, so I don't say too much more than that right now, but I believe that the combination of my movie posts and my City Mouse cartoons will make this a unique and highly personal book that you're gonna want for yourself. More to follow.So th...

Life Itself

content discovered on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in bloggers and critics, documentary

Life Itselfseen @ Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York NY7.22.14I've tried, but I'm finding it difficult to express the admiration I feel for the film version of Life Itself. Laughter and sadness in near-equal parts. A shockingly explicit inside look at Roger Ebert's final days that will make you better appreciate what he went through. A picture of courage, dignity and pure, unadulterated love in Chaz Ebert. A portrait of the late film critic that doesn't shy away from the not-s...

 

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