Continuing my exploration into the world of Carson McCullers, I’ve just finished The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, her first novel, which instantly launched into literary fame. I was surprised, after all I’d heard about it, and after having just re-read Member of the Wedding, and after having seen the movie version twice, at how […]

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As you may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote about film director Howard Hawks’ cavalier attitude towards, not to say contempt for, stories. What interested him was scenes, and how they brought out the relationships between characters. So I’ve been watching some Hawks films with this in mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it makes […]

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Peter Bogdanovich has written an interesting pair of books for movie buffs, Who the Hell’s In It and Who the Devil Made It. They’re combinations of essay and interview, the first about Hollywood actors and the second about directors. Bogdanovich, over the years, has worked in all sorts of capacities within the theatrical industry. As […]

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Not that long ago I finally saw Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and fell in love with Ellen Burstyn. She does wonderful work in a film that refuses to deal in stereotypes or simple solutions. I was particularly relieved to find that the threatened Hollywood happy ending failed to materialize. Alice does find herself a […]

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Before Chuck Jones landed at Warner Brothers he worked a short stint with a group of puppeteers, which taught him an important lesson; for the audience to believe in your characters, make sure they follow the laws of gravity. A marionette that dangles just above the floor is just a marionette. One whose feet reach […]

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Some days it doesn’t pay to open your mailbox. Yesterday was one of those days. We have this really great library system here in El Paso County, and every so often they do a mass mailing in which they keep us patrons informed about what’s been going on, what’s new, and what we can expect […]

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As a result of my recent fixation with Sideways I looked up the actors and director to see what else they’d done, and ended up watching two more films. The first, About Schmidt, was by the same director, Alexander Payne. Shot only two years before Sideways, which is nothing short of a masterpiece, About Schmidt […]

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It’s a recurring debate; which was better, the book or the movie? I’ve been asked my opinion on this weighty question any number of times, and usually I get the impression that much of the time people just want to hear me declare that books are always better. It’s not true. Usually, but not always. […]

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There’s a good line in a Wallace Shawn film called My Dinner With Andre.  Shawn plays a struggling artist who recalls that while growing up, all he ever thought about was art, and now that he is an artist, all he ever thinks about is money.  I was thinking about that line just the other […]

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