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July & Half of August: Screening at Videology

Last Friday, we had a screening of July & Half of August at Videology in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). It’s a wonderful space with a bar in the front, a screening room in the back. You can have a party in the … Continue reading

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“The first time I saw Sidney [Poitier] was in A Warm December, the movie I affectionately refer to as ‘Put Your Damn Shirt Back On, Sidney!'”

If you’re not aware of the ongoing series “Black Man Talk,” between two of my pals, Odie Henderson and Steven Boone, then consider yourself informed. And run, don’t walk, to read the archive. These two powerhouse-intellects and writers don’t pair … Continue reading

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Swann’s Way: The Best Love Letter I Ever Got

I found a note today in an old folder. It’s a scrap of note-paper torn out of a notebook. It was passed to me in class. Not grade school or high school or college. But grad school. Passing notes in … Continue reading

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In Memory of Roger Ebert: His Review of Kwik Stop (2001)

(Roger Ebert died on this day in 2013.) One of the early series the writers at Rogerebert.com participated in was something called “My Favorite Roger.” Each writer wrote an essay describing their favorite Roger review and why. I thought long … Continue reading

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Chicago Snapshots

— Not once getting out of my pajamas for an entire day. Mitchell and I lolled about all day, watching TCM, and having an hours-long conversation (taped by yours truly) which will eventually be (once I transcribe) the next installment … Continue reading

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The Paper Machete at The Green Mill

Mitchell and I went to a variety show (or a “Live Magazine”) called The Paper Machete, which started out small and then blossomed into a THING, with a devoted crowd who show up every week. The organizer puts this thing … Continue reading

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Things We’ve Watched and Discussed, Part 2

Miley Cyrus and Melanie Safka singing “Look What They’ve Done To My Song.” Now, of course (and if you’re not aware that it’s “of course,” then now you know), Miley had already covered this song by herself in her great … Continue reading

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Things We’ve Watched and Discussed

We both love her so much. Our discussion about Roberta Flack involved: the Don McLean connection, of course, and how moving we found it. “I prayed that he would finish … but he just kept right on …” How piercing … Continue reading

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Chicago Memory: That Night I Became a Member of a Monarchy That No Longer Exists

I’m in Chicago now, staying with my friend Mitchell. We’ve been friends since college. Then we were roommates in Chicago, and the adventures we had are legion. Here, we had come home from some night out. We were not drunk, … Continue reading

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The X-Files Premiere Recap in Vulture Mag: Fiction Masquerading as Fact, by Keith Uhlich

Regular readers know that over last year, I binge-watched the entire X-Files series, because I had completely missed the phenomenon the first go-round. I watched a lot of it myself, but then, for fun, I reached out to my friend … Continue reading

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