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Supernatural, Season 10, Episode 7: Open Thread

Traveling home for Thanksgiving early tomorrow morning and also can’t watch the episode tonight. Not sure when I will catch up. Have fun without me. All you ‘Merricans out there, have a wonderful and safe holiday.

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On Sudden Fear (1952)

Here’s an excerpt from the essay I wrote on Sudden Fear for Bright Wall/Dark Room‘s Noir issue. The rest is behind a pay-wall, but here’s a taste. Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame, Sudden Fear is a gorgeous … Continue reading

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- I miss Memphis. I want to go back. And I also want to go to Shreveport, and Biloxi. It’s been a while since I’ve taken a road trip. I’m getting restless. – Been reading Seamus Heaney poetry in the … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 9: “Croatoan”

Directed by Robert Singer Written by John Shiban Robert Singer is one of my favorite directors of the series. He prioritizes the personal. He casts really well, and he works with actors (the leads and the bit parts) in a … Continue reading

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014); an Iranian vampire movie

I’ve seen it twice now. The first impression held. I’m basically in love with it. A vampire stalking an Iranian town. A vampire in a full chador. It’s an incredible first feature, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. My … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

My good friend Dan Callahan wrote a beautiful obituary for Mike Nichols.

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R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Too many good movies to count. Some of my all-time favorites. What a storyteller. I’ve seen his stage productions, too. (In August, 2001, I slept outside – in Central Park, no less – to get free tickets to Mike Nichols’ … Continue reading

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Witness to a Legend: The Career of Gena Rowlands

A couple of weeks back, I attended a QA with Gena Rowlands at the New School. I wrote up the experience for Tons of quotes, from her, from others, as well as from Tennessee Williams, who had a lot … Continue reading

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Bad Hair (2014); written and directed by Mariana Rondón

A new movie from Venezuelan writer/director Mariana Rondón about a little boy who wants to straighten his “bad hair,” and how that desire has a ripple effect in his life. Painful, truthful. Highly recommend it. My review of Bad Hair … Continue reading

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The Best Fall TV Shows

… from The Wall Street Journal. Cousin Mike’s show Survivor’s Remorse is listed (“one of the smartest comedies of 2014″), and my great friend Alexandra Billings’ show Transparent is on there too. As my friend Mitchell said to me, “Good … Continue reading

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