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Girlhood (2015); directed by Céline Sciamma

I am a huge fan of the work of director/writer Céline Sciamma. She has directed/written three features so far, Water Lilies, Tomboy, and now Girlhood, all of them EXCELLENT, all of them featuring girls in pre-adolescence or adolescence trying to … Continue reading

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The O’Briens

My cousin Susan posted this amazing photo on Facebook, one I have never seen. It’s been so wonderful to see everyone else’s photos: since my grandmother died on Wednesday, we’ve all been posting photos. It’s been a great way to … Continue reading

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Supernatural: Season 2, Episode 12: “Nightshifter”

Directed by Phil Sgriccia Written by Ben Edlund Ben Edlund’s voice quickly became an extremely important one in the Supernatural writing staff. The writing staff bring different sensibilities to the table, one of the reasons why the show has such … Continue reading

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Looking Back on Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise

This year is the 20th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Since then, every 10 years more or less, we have had another film in the series: Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Movie Mezzanine … Continue reading

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Four generations: My sister, her daughter, our mother, our grandmother My grandmother (we called her Mama) died yesterday morning. She was in her 90s and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for years. It was a snowy day yesterday, and she … Continue reading

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Supernatural, Season 10, Episode 11: Open Thread

Catch you all tomorrow, hopefully. Look forward to it.

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Jafar Panahi Issues Statement

Jafar Panahi should need no introduction, but just in case… Jafar Panahi is a director from Iran, with an international reputation, and an incredible list of films, The White Balloon, The Mirror, The Circle, Offside, Crimson Gold. (He’s one of … Continue reading

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– Picking up my “Chronological Shakespeare” reading project, which I’ve done once before, years ago. It’s so fun, time-consuming but well worth it. Currently reading Merry Wives of Windsor which feels completely ridiculous as well as an enormous sigh of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to “the Ploughman Poet” of Scotland

In other words: Robert Burns. Or perhaps I should say “Rahbbie Barrrrrrrrns.” Right now in Scotland, and around the world, wherever Scottish people gather, people are standing up and proclaiming his verses into crowded pubs, everybody chanting along in unison. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Michael Ontkean

The strip-tease scene in “Slap Shot” that launched the fantasy-lives of many young people, male and female, who were way too young to be watching that movie anyway. I love him as an actor, and I am glad Twin Peaks … Continue reading

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