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champs-elysees

This is a film site, not a politics site. I have no intention of making it such. Nevertheless, I did not know where else to post this. I found myself gripped by anger while listening to news of the Paris attacks — more even than on 9/11, when shock and numbness ruled. But now, I […]

Milk

I returned from vacation to find my hard drive has crashed. After a quick spin through the Kübler-Ross roundabout, I realized this wasn’t such a bad thing. In fact, I was surprised how quickly I moved from denial to acceptance, despite losing several years worth of notes and drafts. (Finished drafts reside comfortably on a cloud […]

Flannery O'Connor
Writing by hand

I wrote this entry by hand and edited it as I typed. I don’t know the science behind it, but apparently handwriting energizes neural pathways in the brain that typing does not. So I am stuck, stymied on my current opus. Why not try handwriting? Handwriting is so enjoyable. There is an esoteric pleasure in […]

Begin Again, dir. by John Carney, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. A truly joy-filled movie about artists.

Art is pain. Art is misery. Art is the exposing oneself to the slings and arrows of outrageous critics. Give me a break. Art is joy. Art should be joy. If art is pain (and it is), then baring the soul should bring catharsis, and catharsis clears the way for joy. Art is also the […]

Meisje_met_de_parel

“90% of directing is casting.” – Elia Kazan “I never said all actors are cattle. What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.” – Alfred Hitchcock Actors terrify me. I am not one, and while I count actors among my closest friends, I really don’t understand them. I have taken acting classes […]