Monthly Archives: December 2010

Fabulist Lillian Hellman

In attempts to find the earliest Meryl Streep film, Fred Zinneman’s Julia (1977) came into consideration.  In fact, Zinneman (directed masterpieces including From Here to Eternity, A Man For All Seasons, and High Noon) intended Streep to play Julia, but … Continue reading

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Predatory Instincts

Director Aronofsky strikes again with Black Swan.  The milieu of ballet is a gamble for fickle audience tastes, yet Aronofsky strips away monotony of solitary training to highlight high octane competition.  The premise is less about intense female jealousy than … Continue reading

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Moving Image Meditations

Two entries earlier, Miranda July’s No One Belongs Here More Than You had been explored.  Her first feature film Me and You and Everyone We Know begged viewing and analysis.  How would her interior worlds combine with her performance artist … Continue reading

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Brother, On Occasion, Knows Best

Marky Mark of 90s fame had pranced like a boxer displaying his ripped physique while gesturing movements of a fighter in “Good Vibrations” and other bad boy mock-ups.  Director Russell finds the Boston in Mark Wahlberg’s past and transfers the … Continue reading

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July in December

This short story collection was recommended to me by a spiritually mindful person offering a certain voice to the smatterings of thoughts that hound me daily.  He presented a nondescript cover with a long title.  Miranda July?  I had not … Continue reading

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Cinema Studies Group: A Letter to Three Wives

Being raised on a steady diet of radio storytelling and appreciation, I better understand my affinity for early cinema that employed quick, witty banter.  This proclivity was not discerned until hearing Professor Matthew Solomon speak about radiogenic qualities of A … Continue reading

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A return to great storytelling

An established book is sometimes doubly satisfying following heaps of misogynistic material.  As appreciated in maturing wines, older Man Booker winners are safe bets.  After selecting gifted writer Margaret Atwood and her certifiably lauded book, I intend to explore her … Continue reading

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