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On This Day: October 25, 1415: “We Few, We Happy Few.”

Today is the feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers by trade (and patron saints thereof, although Vatican II nixed them from the calendar), fierce warriors of their faith, and martyred in 286. The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alfred Wertheimer

Elvis. R.I.P. to the great photographer Alfred Wertheimer, known mainly for the extraordinary series (weak word, there are over 3,800 photos) of photos he took of Elvis Presley during the spring and summer of 1956, right before, and just as, … Continue reading

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2014 Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations

The nominations for the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards have been announced. Boyhood, not surprisingly, appears in many categories. I was on the nominating panel (along with A.A. Dowd, Sam Adams, Ronnie Scheib, and Stephen Witty), for the category … Continue reading

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The Heart Machine (2014)

The Heart Machine is a debut feature by writer-director Zachary Wigon, and features a really unnerving performance from John Gallagher, Jr., whom I admired so much in Short Term 12. He’s fantastic. My review of The Heart Machine is now … Continue reading

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Supernatural, Season 10, Episode 3: Open Thread

Will catch you all on the flipside for a discussion about tonight’s episode, directed by our favorite freckled demon. I need a vacation after October, I am telling YOU. T-minus ….

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A Bad Sport Breakup Song

One of my favorite genre of song is what I call the “Bad Sport” breakup song. Songs about breakups that are not sad and regretful, mournful and longing, but pissed, a little bit petty, and childish. Being a bad sport … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest is only poetry.” – Rudyard Kipling on John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Hazlitt, friends to both men, wrote: Coleridge has told me that he himself liked … Continue reading

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Private Violence (2014): HBO Documentary

A very well-made new HBO documentary about domestic violence and those who advocate for victims and survivors. It premiered tonight on HBO and has also opened nationwide in a limited release. My review of Private Violence is now up at … Continue reading

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Rimbaud’s Son

An essay I wrote years ago, posted today in honor of the birthday of poet Arthur Rimbaud A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of all creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Chuck Berry

(It was yesterday – also, incidentally, my blog’s 12th birthday.) Here’s Chuck Berry burning it up on the famous 1964 TAMI Show. The show opened with him, closed with the Stones. And see if you can spot Teri Garr dancing … Continue reading

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