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2016 Books Read

I’ve enjoyed myself this year with reading. I have finally bounced back from 2009 and 2010, when I was so out of my mind that I could barely read anymore. (Larry McMurtry describes a similar thing happening to him post-heart … Continue reading

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2010 Books Read

Round-up of the books I read this year, in the order in which I read them. I am nearly finished with one last book (a collection of stories by Miranda July, given to me by my sister Siobhan for my … Continue reading

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Edward Hopper’s Usherette

From David Thomson’s The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood: She is not watching the movie. She is not that kind of usherette bursting to get into pictures, a would-be actress studying every tiny gesture on the screen. No, she … Continue reading

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Dean Stockwell: An Overview

All indented excerpts from David Thomson’s film encyclopedia: With the TV series Quantum Leap and with his regular work as a supporting actor in movies, Dean Stockwell may never have been better known. Yet he has experienced so many stages … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, John Wayne!

Or should I say … happy birthday Marion Robert Morrison? No, let’s stick with John Wayne. Smart move changing your name there, bub. First of all: go here. Keep scrolling. Terrific photos – I was riveted. David Thomson – in … Continue reading

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2006 Books

Books read this year. I actually may end up adding a couple more to the list – since I am bed-ridden at the moment and could finish 2 more books by the time the damn ball drops across the river. … Continue reading

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David Thomson Snippets:

I have been devouring David Thomson’s massive 20 pound book The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated. The snippets I’ve excerpted below are just a tiny FRACTION of what he writes about all these people – his essay … Continue reading

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David Thomson: George Arliss

“You can tell his Disraeli from his Voltaire because the former has a spit curl on his forehead and the latter wears a mobcap, and it’s in the scrupulous deployment of makeup and costume that Arliss shines. Not that he … Continue reading

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David Thomson: Paul Thomas Anderson

“It is also the case that anyone as good and smart as Anderson should be more perceptibly self-critical. In fact, Magnolia is his most youthful and indulgent film — and Hard Eight, his best and most austere. But there are … Continue reading

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David Thomson: Pedro Almodóvar

(I’ll see any movie Almodóvar makes.) Thomson writes: “Almodóvar was one of the most welcome explosions of the eighties and a sign of the new Spain. Whereas Carlos Saura (nearly twenty years older than Almodóvar) made intensely measured and psychologically … Continue reading

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