Category Archives: Movies

Notes from 2017 – The Hollow Crown

I invite everyone to look at the magnificent productions of three of Shakespeare’s histories on PBS, on a series entitled, The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses. I’ll have more of to say on this in days ahead, for … Continue reading

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Hell or High Water: a movie review

Hell or High Water came out last summer. It ran only briefly in one local theater, so I finally caught it on iTunes yesterday.  I’d planed to see it since reading an editorial that claimed Hell or High Water captured … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Professor Snape

We’ve lost another British luminary to cancer at the too-young age of 69. Alan Rickman, whom Harry Potter fans remember as the tortured and acerbic Professor of Potions, is gone.  Tributes have poured into social media sites from those who … Continue reading

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

It’s like coming home 30 years later. Minor spoilers – nothing you won’t see in other reviews. The Empire is gone, but the First Order has risen to menace those who would live free. A young woman named Rey lives as … Continue reading

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Inside Inside Out, a review of sorts

In a culture that imagines a sharp mind-body split, it isn’t surprising to see images of a smart inner being controlling our physical “machinery.” Inside Out gives us a committee at the helm. Among feature length movies, it is unique in … Continue reading

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Thomas Hardy – take two

Let’s try this again…last time I pulled a classic not-paying-attention trick – I hit “Publish” instead of “Save,” and then trashed the previous draft. So as I was I was saying…. A movie trailer for a new version of Far From … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Maleficent and retelling folktales

Maleficent opens in a world of beauty, threatened by a greedy human king. The visual contrast between human actors and fantasy animation was great enough to take a few minutes for suspension of disbelief to kick in. After that, I … Continue reading

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Another note on tricksters

I want to argue a paradox…that the origins, liveliness, and durability of cultures require that there be space for figures whose function is to uncover and disrupt the very things that cultures are based on. – Lewis Hyde It has … Continue reading

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