Monthly Archives: June 2013

“The Hands of Orlac”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Directed by Robert Wiene, the 1924 “The Hands of Orlac” takes the psychological emphasis of Wiene’s “Caligari” and gives it an undertow of pained Germanic romanticism (among other things, it’s a fever dream of emasculation). Conrad … Continue reading

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Eyesore of the Month: Carlos Slim’s Museo Soumaya

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although it’s almost two years old (hey, gimme a break, I’m a little slow), I just discovered that billionaire crony capitalist Carlos Slim has built a museum in Mexico City to house his fine art collection. First, … Continue reading

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Design Coincidence?

Paleo Retiree writes: On the top: the design for Apple’s new headquarters. On the bottom, the headquarters of Britain’s GCHQ, an intelligence agency that does electronic surveillance and is said to have links with PRISM. Are giant circles the shape … Continue reading

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Hey SSM Proponents, The Christian Wacko Paranoiacs Have A Point

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Facebook page Gaytheist described this as “The Christian Right’s paranoia complex in a single tweet:” I’ll admit this guy is indeed just a wee bit paranoid because pedophilia and bestiality are easily distinguishable from same-sex marriage … Continue reading

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“Copperhead”: An Interview With Bill Kauffman

Paleo Retiree writes: The movie I’ve most been looking forward to this year is “Copperhead,” which opens in many cities this Friday. That’s partly because it was directed by Ron Maxwell, who has made two of the movies that real … Continue reading

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epiminondas writes: If you know anything about this film, let’s hear it.  Sounds interesting.

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Eating in Louisville

Paleo Retiree writes: The Question Lady and I recently returned from a week-long stay in Louisville, Kentucky, our second time there. She had a date to perform her dynamite one-woman show at the wonderful Bard’s Town Theatre, and we decided … Continue reading

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“The Living Skeleton”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This seaside spook-fest from 1968 shows what can be done with a few good images and a flair for sustained moods. The screenplay, by Kyuzo Kobayashi and Kikuma Shimoiizaka, has something to do with a gang of modern-day pirates, … Continue reading

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I Can’t Even Remember What It Was I Came Here To Get Away From: An Interview With Lloyd Fonvielle

Blowhard, Esq. writes: If you’re a regular visitor here, you’ve probably seen one of us mention friend-of-the-blog Lloyd Fonvielle before. I met Lloyd about a year and a half ago on Facebook where he’s a lively and generous presence. We struck … Continue reading

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“Swimming Pool” (1969)

Paleo Retiree writes: The 1969 Alain Delon/Romy Schneider/Maurice Ronet/Jane Birkin movie, co-written by Jean-Carriere Carrière and directed by Jacques Deray. Sexy/playful/ sinister erotic games in a villa near St. Tropez, and pure bliss for me. Delon is a vain, jaded, … Continue reading

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