Category Archives: MOVIES

SLOW-MOTION MIDLIFE CRISIS

In an interview before he died, songwriter John Prine described his old age, his daily life, his relationships with others. “I’m good at hiding,” he said, laughing. He meant hiding from loved ones, from professional obligations. He meant slipping away … Continue reading

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PUT RESPECT ON HER NAME

Much has been written about The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, and with good reason. It’s an excellent show. For me, one notable feature was the stories it chose not to tell. I’m so accustomed to certain plot lines. Each time … Continue reading

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“I WORK IN A FUCKING BEAD SHOP”

I have always liked one particular type of moment. I would describe it as a moment which is: unexpected; either funny or disturbing (or both); and deeply revealing of an absurd state of affairs or a background reality which is … Continue reading

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BUTCH AND SUNDANCE

Even though I watched The Spy Who Loved Me nine times as a child, that was a drop in the bucket compared to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The 1969 western with Paul Newman and Robert Redford was basically on … Continue reading

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WHERE’S FEKKESH

1977 was a great year for movies. Star Wars was released, along with Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, Julia, The Goodbye Girl, and The Turning Point. It was also the year I saw The Spy … Continue reading

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LET US NOW PRAISE LORI McKENNA

I remember being shocked by the ending of Rocky. It was 1976. I was 8 years old. I didn’t know from sad endings. That this shy, courageous, kind-hearted boxer would lose the fight had not even occurred to me. I’d … Continue reading

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DAVE’S A MESS

There’s a scene in the old hockey movie Slapshot where an opponent talks trash about the Chiefs’ aging player-captain Paul Newman. One of Newman’s teammates, Dave, is outraged. He drops his stick and attacks the opponent. A bloody brawl ensues. … Continue reading

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Summer Favorites

novel – DISPLACED PERSONS, by Ghita Schwarz movie – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT journalism – Angie Dickinson’s first-person account in Los Angeles magazine of raising an autistic child in the 1970s and ’80s, before autism was well understood and … Continue reading

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