Monthly Archives: October 2010

What is scarier than Reefer Madness?

Government instructional videos have a way of becoming fodder for countless parodies.  Usually the communism sponsored material of the Cold War is a boon for creative minds.  In this case, an American propaganda film of 1938 entitled Reefer Madness/Tell Your … Continue reading

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Journalistic Integrity – Absence of Malice

Theatrically released less than a month after my birth, I could not resist selecting Absence of Malice for savoring – Paul Newman, journalism, and a young driven female reporter played by Sally Field is an easy sell for my preferences. … Continue reading

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This Side of Fitzgerald’s Paradise

Beholden to read Fitzgerald’s first stumbling and jolting published novel This Side of Paradise, I kept contemporaneous literature in mind.  Only a few months ago, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned was completed due to the enjoyment derived from … Continue reading

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Sticky, Bowery Poetry Club

Slightly north of E. Houston sits the Bowery Poetry Club.  Peering through the bay windows, one cannot predict that behind the long curtain a spacious backroom, stage, and bar exist.  With relative frequency STICKY will be using the Bowery Poetry … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Favorite Scare – Vagina Dentata

Once I read a blurb about this film Teeth, I knew I had to experience.  Genre listed is horror which is probably ascribed by a male cadre.  The premise about a girl with this particular quality placed outside folklore in … Continue reading

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Call2Action’s Screening

Oct. 13 – Millennium Film Workshop hosted Call2Action’s inaugural monthly film series with No Impact Man.  Finding an audience from Sundance 2009, No Impact Man spurs intense reactions in how audiences understand Colin Beaven, the creator of this temporary overarching … Continue reading

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Review: A Mormon Memoir

Sliding around tiny aisles in Greenpoint’s independent bookstore WORD (126 Franklin Street), an assortment of literary classics blend with New York centric selections.  Nearby a bulletin board acting as a Craigslist for bookworms are large glass windows that allow natural … Continue reading

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All Things Lennon: Nowhere Boy

As part of the 7oth anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday on October 9th, New York has dedicated an entire weekend to Lennon revelry.  Film Forum opened Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy (2009) on October 8th.  On Sunday, several members of Lennon’s … Continue reading

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GSIFF Opening and Gala

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What are the Odds Against Tomorrow?

Savoring the end credit roll of Blue Collar with its red background on black text, Robert Wise‘s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) finished the evening hitting similarities found in Schrader’s film. New York City streets appear desolate signifying a recovery and … Continue reading

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