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I just listened to an interview between Terry Gross and Wes Andersen discussing Moonrise Kingdom since it is up for best screenplay this year at the Oscars. I am a huge fan of Wes Andersen, namely due to The Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. I like all of his films. These last 2 are complete, and that is no small feat. So, I have felt connected to his work in many ways. His opening scene in the movie, with the close and play, when I saw that I almost jumped out of my seat. I wrote a scene years ago, with a little girl and her close and play. Anyway, glad to finally see it, especially by his masterful direction.

In this interview he spoke about a situation at school that was likely very helpful to him. He got in trouble a lot and his teacher knew that he liked to put on theatrical productions. So she would encourage him. If he stayed out of trouble he could put on a production. How fantastic! I was also in trouble a lot of the time in school, especially very young, like kindergarten and first grade. It usually happened like this: I would be talking and my teacher would ask me what I was talking about. So I would say, “Herbie the love bug, or that darn cat!”, movies I had seen. I was over the moon about them. She didn’t care and punished me by making me stand in the corner. This went on and on. I didn’t understand how this wasn’t fascinating to her. There wasn’t a lot of tolerance for my brilliance and certainly not encouragement in the right direction.

By 3rd grade I was so stressed out over school even though I made good grades. My teacher that year was really concerned about me, and actually gave me a day to create an event. We were studying Hawaii, and my father had traveled there many times. I had a miumiu from one of his trips, so the class made muumuus (pronounced moo moo) and I led a day about the culture of Hawaii and my dad came in and spoke and showed …a movie. It was very satisfying. I loved that teacher, Mrs. Martindale. She had a good eye and a heart and most importantly wasn’t lazy. My first blog was all about movies. I wouldn’t critique as much as I would revere them. I wrote about many very obscure films. Although I discontinued that blog site I am still looking for its remains, because it had a ton of hits. I didn’t realize at the time how beneficial that is.


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Howl..the movie

by Administrator on November 29, 2010

What a treat to go to Downing Film Center in Newburgh on a Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm and see a great movie. I was feeling like going into NYC yesterday, but not really. Not enough I shall say so it did not happen. Instead, I found that Howl was playing and I could visit New York that way and go to the well of authentic creativity which I was craving. I had the opportunity to hear Allen Ginsberg speak and recite poetry in the mid 90′s in Manhattan. He was coupled at times with Patty Smith, and now reflecting on seeing them at St John the Divine, and St Mark’s Church, along with Phillip Glass etc. I realized after seeing Howl, that all of that, the need to express oneself authentically is what we were all doing in New York. The East Village was still inspired in a cool spirited way. Thank you Allen Ginsberg, and thanks to Howl the movie. It’s well done. James Franco is superb and the movie left me in a good creative space.


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movie musts

February 25, 2010

A Matter of LIfe and Death, by Michael Powell & Emric Pressburger (“The Archers”) What a hip movie, from 1946. Highly entertaining, a vacillating style. Cool close-ups. A little schizophrenic. Has me thinking about what we can not see, and if their version is at all accurate, I feel more relaxed. David Niven, Kim Hunter [...]

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