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"He who does not at some time, with definite determination consent to the terribleness of life, or even exalt in it, never takes possession of the inexpressible fullness of the power of our existence."
all faces followers of
All colors, beams of
-- Akhenaton, "Hymn to the Sun"
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WHAT I'VE SEEN LATELY:
(r) = re-viewing
God Told Me To (1976, Cohen)
Whispering City (1947, Otsep)
Times and Winds (2006, Erdem)
Dirty Money (Un flic) (1972, Melville)
10th District Court (2004, Depardon)
RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2007, O'Sullivan)
The Furies (1950, Mann)
In a Lonely Place (1950, Ray)(r)
The Adjuster (1991, Egoyan)(r)
Mad Men The Buddha of Suburbia Intelligence (2006, Haddock) Family Guy
SUGGESTED VIEWING: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004, Curtis) [available for streaming/download here]
In fact, I was informed, not only were we not going to talk about the book -- we weren't even going to mention the book. Not a word about it. Nothing. If I as much as uttered the word "book," I soon found out, it would be edited out. It was made crystal clear: Ex-nay on the ook-bay.
The reason for this is the aforementioned buying frenzy when Oprah says "book" because -- with apologies to Laura Bush -- along with many other job titles, Oprah is America's librarian, dispensing reading recommendations she believes will enlighten the masses. ("A Million Little Pieces," yes. "1 Dead in Attic," no.)
And if she casually mentions a book on the air, then publishers rush out full page ads in The New York Times that say AS SEEN ON OPRAH and it's construed as an endorsement even if it was just a passing reference and so, no talkie-talkie about bookie-bookie unless O deems it appropriate and O has apparently decided to let me rot in anonymity, rendered to the half-price shelf rather than roll my book, my name, off her lips, those beautiful lips, and into 18 billion homes, or however many women (and six guys) are tuned in at any given moment.
this quote from miss south carolina (miss teen usa pageant) needs to be recorded for future -- hopefully literate -- generations
"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps, and I believe that our education like such as South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should... our education over here in the U.S should help the U.S or should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future."
i cadged this from Doonesbury but it's all over the place.
i'm watching Les enfants terrible, and cocteau mentions the extraordinary privileges of beauty. . .
scanning the metacritic page for The Libertine -- one of the best films of the last ten years -- it's hard to find much support for that proposition; only sheri linden's review in The Hollywood Reporter (!) really seems to get it
maybe it's because i still get great pleasure from artful and rich dialogue that i find movies like The Libertine, Brick, Miller's Crossing and Yes so rewarding and rewatchable.
"I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me here in the theatre. . .
I am the cynic of our golden age. This bounteous dish which our great Charles and our great God have in more or less equal measure placed before us sets my teeth permanently on edge.
Life has no purpose. It is everywhere outdone by arbitrariness: I do this and it matters not a jot if I do the opposite.
But in the playhouse every action good or bad has its consequences. Drop a handkerchief and it will return to smother you.
The Theatre is my drug, and my illness is so far advanced that my physick must be of highest quality."
I identify with these lines more than I care to admit, and perhaps that's part of why I loved the movie so much, despite it's dreary mood.
And the performances by all are first-rate. The doc on the dvd is good too. Haven't listened to the commentary yet.
Remarkable that this is Laurence Dunmore's directorial debut.
"Karl Rove figured out a long time ago that the way to take an intellectually incurious, draft-averse, naughty playboy in a flight jacket with chewing tobacco in his back pocket and make him governor of Texas, was to sell him as God’s anointed in a state where preachers and televangelists outnumber even oil derricks and jack rabbits"
The new drug, christened Benzedrine, was initially marketed as a miracle cure, "used to treat obesity, epilepsy, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy, hypertension, 'irritable colon,' 'caffeine mania,' and even hiccups." By the 1950s, variations on its chemical theme included Dexedrine, whose "gentle stimulation will provide the patient with a new cheerfulness, optimism, and feeling of well-being"; Norodin, "useful in reducing the desire for food"; Desoxyn, for "When she's ushered by temptation"; and Syndrox, "For the patient who is all flesh and no will power."
"I'd like in any case to underscore a far larger and more significant point that no one should doubt or forget: The CIA has a vital mission in protecting the United States, and the focus of this agency is there, on that decisive work."
Make-up artist extraordinaire: The Wizard of Oz, Marlon Brando as an Okinawan in Teahouse of the August Moon, the Morlocks in The Time Machine, the pig-faced people in that episode of The Twilight Zone, Young Frankenstein, & an Oscar for The Seven Faces of Dr Lao.
wondered what happened to susannah york, after seeing some of her halcyon films from the 60s & 70s over the last year: Images (Altman's early psychological drama), The Killing of Sister George (with now largely forgotten but quite good Coral Browne), Brotherly Love (aka Country Dance) (with Peter O'Toole), Oh! What a Lovely War, and of course her debut (whoops that was actually There Was a Crooked Man) in Tunes of Glory with Alec Guinness
she was also in A Man for All Seasons, They Shoot Horses, Don't They, Happy Birthday, Wanda June (an interesting take on Vonnegut i remember seeing on pbs back in nj), and Superman's mom in the first film.
i'm going to try out The 7th Dawn which just showed on TCM as part of William Holden day today.
quite daring in her day, and good at playing the psychologically tormented.