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Kerouac and Wacky Cares

So soon after plumbing through the first volume of Marx’s Capital it’s hard not to take a sort of economic-historical analysis to everything else I think about, even the joyfully sensuous meanderings of young men who (like Kerouac) have no … Continue reading

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Massacres and Wiseacres

7 Nov 2013: Salvador (DVD, 1985, Oliver Stone) Anti-intellectual bickering and bantering loutish American men are the viewer’s designed point of identification for this film, until the tragic circumstances these men encounter or the random conversations they have with military … Continue reading

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Into the Flashback

27 Oct 2013: Out of the Past (DVD, 1947, Jacques Tourneur) For a film noir – but not for Jacques Tourneur – this movie is surprisingly meditative and melancholy in its mood even when including the usual hard-edged conventions: the … Continue reading

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Another Love in the Time of Cholera

15 Oct 2013: The Painted Veil (DVD, 2006, John Curran) Like W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge this story tells of an idealistic young white upper-class man and an (at least eventually) admiring woman who meet at a ritzy dinner … Continue reading

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Dillinger No Dilly-Dallying Pillager

1 Oct 2013: Public Enemies (DVD, 2009, Michael Mann) Though at times I find myself wishing for more characterization from his films – again we have the mostly inexplicable instantaneous romantic attraction between a male protagonist (John Dillinger) and his … Continue reading

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5,000 Brides for a Single Brother

30 Sep 2013: Seven Chances (DVD, 1925, Buster Keaton) The most rawly invigorating movie I’ve seen in a while, at least as far as constant breathless energy is concerned. I both guffawed and melted into tears while seeing Chaplin’s The … Continue reading

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Talkers

17 Sep 2013: Stalker (DVD, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky) Though words like “ponderous” and “glacial” are seldom used to describe positive aspects of artwork, one has to note that glaciers are often mesmerizing and gorgeous and that a certain type of … Continue reading

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