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Movie: The Dead Zone (1983)

It seems that every director with a distinctive, challenging style eventually reigns in their impulses and makes a more conventional feature for a major studio.  Not too long after David Lynch surprised everybody with The Elephant Man, David Cronenberg made the Stephen King adaptation The Dead Zone.  How strange to think both directors also turned […]

Movie: Ordinary People (1980)

Prior to finally seeing this movie, the full extent of what I knew about it was this exchange in The Fisher King: Customer [looking in shock at cover of videotape]: “Ordinary Peepholes?” Clerk: “It’s a big-titty, spread-cheeky kind of thing” It turns out Ordinary People isn’t a big-titty, spread-cheeky kind of thing, but the Best […]

Movie: The Limey (1999)

“You’ve told me this story before” That line is spoken by the 20-something arm candy of Peter Fonda’s character.  “But I don’t mind if you tell it to me again.” This is a pretty apt summary of my feelings about The Limey, Steven Soderbergh’s 1999 movie that shows us a story we seen in many […]

Movie: Dancer In The Dark (2000)

A Lars von Trier musical starring Bjork. Let’s parse that summary to show why Dancer In The Dark should be approached with some trepidation.  If there is one thing I can say about the entirety of von Trier’s filmography, that would be it is provocative. Other than that, there are few consistencies to his work.  […]

Nausea Pie

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely places and situations. At Thanksgiving this year, conversation turned to pie (no, not a literal Conversation Pie) and my mother-in-law responded to a question about favorite pies, answering that she likes all pies but what she most likes is crust.  She went on to say she likes it so […]

Movie: The Velvet Underground (2021)

I cannot overstate how important the band The Velvet Underground has been in my life. Almost immediately upon my first exposure to them, I strongly identified with a perceived artistic truth and purity in their music.  Something deeply resonated with me despite having never done illegal drugs or engaged in any less-than-conventional lifestyle choices.  On […]

The Best Christmas of the Year

Today was the best Christmas of this year. Better than the one we celebrated on April 12th. Better than the one we celebrated on August 5th. Far better than the very confusing one we celebrated on September 31st. Even better than the one on December 25th. Yes, today’s was the best Christmas we have celebrated […]