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Tod Browning

content discovered on Friday, June 12, 2015

Maybe I should have waited until Halloween to write about Tod Browning. Though I didn't know much about the director prior to writing this post, I associate him with films dealing with the macabre and the weird. He spent most of his career in the silent era, when the medium was still very much in its incubation period, but it's his talkies that he may be best remembered for - in particular, two films that may not be as shocking now as they were in his day, but remain memorable and influential over eighty... read more »

Blyth Spirit: The Jacqueline T. Lynch Q-and-A

content discovered on Friday, June 05, 2015

In the long history of Hollywood child stars, there are few who grew up and sustained their early success into a long and fruitful career: Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and Kurt Russell immediately come to mind as examples. Another among that number is Ann Blyth, who at age sixteen, went toe to toe with the formidable Joan Crawford in the original Mildred Pierce and earned herself an Oscar nomination. She went on to make a string of stirring dramas and light comedies, with only occasional but memorable... read more »

Papa's got a brand new link

content discovered on Monday, June 01, 2015

"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl.You're her oracle. You're her hero."I'd like to send out a big thank-you to everyone who re-tweeted or re-posted or commented on Facebook about my link to the story about Friends of the Loew's winning their court case against Jersey City. I had absolutely no idea this was gonna happen. I had planned to go to the Loew's Jersey City Friday night, yes, but mostly because I hadn't been back there in months and I wanted to get in one more movie before the s... read more »

கரையெல்லாம் செண்பகப்பூ - ஒரு விமர்சனம்

content discovered on Monday, January 19, 2015

புத்தக கண்காட்சியில் இந்த முறை வரலாறு சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நூல்களுடன் சில சுஜாதா நாவல்களையும் வாங்கினேன். அதில் ஒன்றுதான் கரையெல்லாம் செண்பகப்பூ. இந்த முறையும் நீலகண்ட சாஸ்திரிகளின் "சோழர்கள்" புத்தகத்தை வாங்கவில்லை. :(சிறு வயதில் ஏற்படும் எதிர்பால் ஈர்ப்புகளை ஆங்கிலத்தில் கிரஷ் என்று கூறுவதுண்டு. எனினும் அது சம்பந்தமாக எந்த ஒரு நூலையும் படித்ததில்லை. முக்கியமாக எந்த தமிழ் புத்தகத்திலும் படித்ததில்லை. முதல் முறையாக இந்த புத்தகத்தில் படித்தேன். கல்யாணராமன் மற்றும் வள்ளியின் கதாப்பாத்திரங்கள் வாயிலாக உணர்ந்தேன் எ... read more »

The Princess Bride and fairness

content discovered on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scott Roberts is a cartoonist friend of mine and is very erudite when it comes to American pop culture, and most other things, actually. Anyway, he recently wrote the following piece about the ending of The Princess Bride on his Facebook page and he has graciously allowed me to present it here, with only minor spelling corrections:...At the end of the story, the boy is disappointed that Prince Humperdinck is not killed or, in any way that he can measure, punished for his deeds. In a traditional fairy tal... read more »

Hungry links

content discovered on Monday, November 03, 2014

Good news: I've got an ETA on the next issue of Newtown Literary which will include my short story "Airplanes." It'll be released in December... and that's about as specific as I can get right now. For those of you in the New York area, the magazine is available at Astoria Bookshopin Queens, a fine literary establishment which I heartily recommend.As for the WSW anthology, I admit I've slowed down on this because I've never published an e-book before and I'm kinda nervous about getting it right (although... read more »

The unexpected virtue of linkage

content discovered on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

So there's this local literary magazine called Newtown Literary. It's still relatively new, but it's already built a bit of a rep for attracting Queens writers for short stories and poetry. The theme for their next issue is sci-fi/fantasy.Guess who's gonna be in it.Yep! I had had my eye on getting in the mag before, possibly by submitting a piece from WSW, but they only take original, unpublished work (a post on a blog counts as being published), so what I did was, I crafted a short story loosely inspire... read more »

Guardians of the Galaxy

content discovered on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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... read more »

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

content discovered on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

...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... read more »

Life Itself

content discovered on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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... read more »

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