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Happy Birthday, Truman Capote

A re-post for Truman Capote’s birthday, which is today. Gerald Clarke devoted an entire chapter to how this 1957 profile of Marlon Brando came about in his definitive biography of Truman Capote. ‘The Duke In His Doman’ is a famous … Continue reading

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8 Reasons To Watch Transparent

I’m stealing the click-bait-y title: 8 Reasons ‘Transparent’ Is a Very Important Show You Need To Be Watching. I watched the pilot and loved it; Tambor already brought me to tears twice. Exquisite acting. But what I really want to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis

There are so many great clips of Jerry Lee Lewis, in his heyday, and even more recently, and there are a few black-and-white clips of him performing that truly makes it clear how radical and out-there and damn near frightening … Continue reading

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I’m So Happy That …

1. the moment below actually occurred … that it wasn’t just dreamt up in some alternate-universe alternate-history story-book and 2. the moment was captured on film. Look at these two men. Beautiful. A perfect clip.

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Revolver stands as a document of a time when all four of The Beatles seemed to share a common vision.”

My brilliant cousin Liam O’Malley (also a musician, you can check out his great band Dr. Mars on iTunes) writes an essay about The Beatles’ Revolver.

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The Boxtrolls (2014)

It’s fantastic. I would have flipped my lid over it at age 8, 9, 10, and I flipped as an adult as well. My review of The Boxtrolls is now up at Rogerebert.com. The film opens today.

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Happy Birthday, T.S. Eliot

Poets like William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane both said that they needed to forcibly divorce themselves from Eliot’s influence in order to be able to write in their own way. Everything sounded like an imitation of Eliot. Interestingly enough, … Continue reading

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The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

From Masculin Féminin (1966), directed by Jean-Luc Godard.

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Force Majeure (2014); written and directed by Ruben Östlund

Force Majeure. A superior or irresistible power. An event that is a result of the elements of nature, as opposed to one caused by human behavior. Force Majeure premiered at Cannes this past May and won the Un Certain Regard … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

So you see that old libel that we were cynics and skeptics was nonsense from the beginning. On the contrary we were the great believers. – F. Scott Fitzgerald, “My Generation” Fitzgerald was one of those writers I liked right … Continue reading

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