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Un carnet de bal (1937, Julien Duvivier)

One of the things I love about watching European films from the 1930s and 1940s – particularly French films – is how much more sophisticated they are than most if not all Hollywood films from the same era. French films are often both technically superior – location shot, liberal use of advances in technology, liberal …


The Accountant (2016, Gavin O’Connor)

This is a kind of bizarre hybrid of an action movie with a serial killer-style crime investigation combined with forensic accounting – yes, I know how that sounds – that is surprisingly effective much of the time, but has some massive flaws that keep it from really working. Mild Spoilers


The Commuter (2018, Jaume Collet-Sera)

This is one of the innumerable “Liam Neeson hurts people” movies, only this one concedes his age and has him as just an average commuter, who happened to be a police officer in a former life. So Neeson is more human than he normally is in these movies, losing fights regularly. That’s one of the …

1993, Music, Uncategorized

Chrome (1993) by Catherine Wheel

When a band is named after a song or an album, and you know that song or album, there’s definitely a bit of expectation even if you don’t know much else about it. Maybe this band is named for the torture device, not the David Byrne album, but yet I still assumed there would be …


The World is a Ghetto (1972) by WAR

All I knew of this band was “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”. Despite the evident commercial success of this record I had never even heard the title track or the successful single from this record. I had literally no idea what I was getting into. But this is great stuff: the majority …


Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste (2007, 2013 Expanded Edition)

Note: I am reviewing the reissue. This is an engaging, thought-provoking and highly readable discussion about taste, what it is, and the philosophical and practical issues inherent in taste.


The Log for Friday December 30, 2016

What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pancakes with blueberries and yogurt; tea Morning: rice and vegetables; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: turkey, stuffing and cheddar sandwich on pumpernickel Dinner: untold pieces of sushi and sashimi, at least 3 potstickers, one serving of salad, one serving of pea shoots and mushrooms and tofu, other food I forgot; …


The Log for Tuesday October 4, 2016

What I ate Breakfast: a tiny bit of Harvest Crunch and a serving or so of Minnie Wheats with 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; macintosh Lunch: large sandwich featuring salami, old cheddar, tomatoes, mustard, mayo on pumpernickel Dinner: the last of my homemade lasagna; glass of pink lemonade After dinner: …