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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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Tribute to Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands in “A Woman Under the Influence,” 1974, directed by John Cassavetes The great Gena Rowlands is being honored with a Career Achievement Award from the L.A. Film Critics Association. The 84-year-old actress is still working. Known primarily for … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. Day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York and … Continue reading

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Am I Too Loud For You?

A re-post for Marshall Mathers’ birthday, which is today. So psyched I finally got to see him perform. WARNING: If, by some amazing circumstance, you have never heard “Kim” before, please know that it is completely unsafe for work, frankly … Continue reading

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Housebound (2014)

The poster kind of captures the mood of Housebound, a horror film by Gerard Johnstone (his debut as a director and a writer). It’s a horror film, it’s also hilarious. I liked it a lot. Not easy to pull of … Continue reading

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Watchers of the Sky (2014)

A powerful documentary about genocide. It’s unbelievable how much ground they cover, and how well it’s put together. Packs an enormous punch. I gave it four stars. Hell of an accomplishment. My review of Watchers of the Sky is now … Continue reading

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New York Collage: I Get Around

The Flatiron Building On the side of a bar, on 9th Avenue. It was around 8:30 in the morning when I took this picture. Altogether too early for this level of nonsense. On the side of a bus, careening across … Continue reading

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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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Paley Center, October 18th: The Cast of Hannibal

My good friend Keith Uhlich, who moderated an extremely entertaining QA with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny at the Paley Center for Media last year, will be moderating another discussion there this Saturday, only this time on Hannibal! Keith will … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Udo Kier

My friend Kim Morgan writes a gorgeous and funny tribute to German actor and muse-to-many Udo Kier. (I love his turn as the snooty man in Melancholia, who puts his hand up as a barrier-wall between him and anything unseemly … Continue reading

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