Category Archives: Film


Have written here and here about how people, when faced with the knowledge of terminal illness, often then accomplish so much. Unfortunate that we often don’t see the short line. Still amazed when watching Patrick Swayze in The Beast, pushing … Continue reading

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Back Seat

Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad. Different version from the ad playing in Canada, though similar themes: Watching the world Elevation

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Matthew McConaughey Oscar Acceptance Speech

Matthew McConaughey, 2014 Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club: Something to look up to Something to look forward to Someone to chase “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” Charles Laughton: “When you have God, you have a friend, and that … Continue reading

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Tracing Sacha Grunpeter

Finding Tracing Cowboys in DVD and then finding “tribute” to writer and actor Sacha Grunpeter as a DVD extra. Collection of stills from the film. Then finding out that he had died in a car accident on the last day … Continue reading

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Thug Leadership

Leadership by threat, assuming it can be called leadership at all. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. You don’t scratch my back, and I will tear yours apart. You complain about the shredding, and I will liquefy you. … Continue reading

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Watching 2016 made-for-TV movie, A Christmas to Remember, co-starring Mira Sorvino. She leaves the New York highlife of a television personality and then crashes her car near a small town, suffering amnesia as a crash consequence. Identity search. Spends Christmas … Continue reading

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Moments of

Heard about “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool“, playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. Interview with Elvis Costello, whose new song, “You Shouldn’t Look At Me That Way“, plays over the credits. Purpose of song, according to Costello: There … Continue reading

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A man who goes down on his knees is either proposing marriage, or he has been shot. Comment by Sofia Vergara, playing Ava in New Year’s Eve. Earthy and humorous, as here: 2011 film by Garry Marshall. Written by Katherine … Continue reading

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Blindfold, Empty Room

Saving Private Ryan feels about as challenging as walking blindfolded through an empty room backwards: a different way of experiencing the familiar, but familiar all the same. Geoff Pevere, in reviewing The Thin Red Line in comparison: “A masterpiece on … Continue reading

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He would call me late at night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling. Patti Smith, … Continue reading

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