Throwback Thursday: Gavin and Lesley.

Lesley Walbridge and Gavin Mayer in a scene from PAUSE OF THE CLOCK

Lesley Walbridge and Gavin Mayer in a scene from PAUSE OF THE CLOCK

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3 things about George Seaton’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

Miracle on 34th Street [1947]

1. The look on her face after she tugs on his beard.
2. “Your Honor, the State of New York is second to none in its admiration of the Post Office Department.”
3. A giant x-ray machine with a bow on it.

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3 things about Sebastián Cordero’s EUROPA REPORT

Europa Report [2013]

1. “I can’t find my toothbrush.”
“We have to go back to earth.”
2. Omnipresent Europa One chyron.
3. Hygiene issues.

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3 things about David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me [1992]

1. Red aluminum percolator at the morgue.
2. Mo’s Motors.
3. Saturn lamp on the sidetable.

3 other things.

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3 things about Shirley Clarke’s THE COOL WORLD

The Cool World [1963]

1. Pairs of shoes standing side by side on the sidewalk; and on the curb, a portable record player spinning a 45.
2. He gazes across the sand at the beach and says, “Look at all those people tryin’ to get black.”
3. As the police car speeds away, a radio report details Congressional funding for a space mission to bury a copy of the Constitution on the moon.

After reading about this film for upwards of 20 years I was finally able to see it last night, courtesy of Black Cinema House. Amazing. It’s as raw and startling as any movie being made today. He must have his reasons, but I do wish that Fredrick Wiseman (who owns the rights) would allow it to be more widely seen. It’s better than John Cassevetes’ Shadows, from the same period, and a fascinating precursor to everything from Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep to Larry Clark’s Kids.

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Minestrone.

A friend asked for my recipe, so I figured I might as well post it here. It’s about as easy as can be, and a full batch will last several days (with flavors that keep improving!)

MINESTRONE

1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
2 or 3 medium carrots, sliced thin
2 medium celery stalks, chopped
1 package frozen chopped spinach
1 or 2 cups shredded cabbage (or green beans)
1 can cannellini beans, drained
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth or stock broth
4 cups strained tomatoes
1 cup dry red wine or water
1 1/2 tablespoons Little Italy seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
dash or two or crushed red pepper flakes

In the morning, add everything to a slow cooker, saving the cabbage (or green beans) till last. How much you add will depend on how much room you have left. Stir well, put the lid on, and set the heat to low. 6-8 hours later: salt and pepper to taste, then serve in bowls, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. And warm, crusty bread and butter on the side.

As leftovers, you can stir in cooked macaroni to make it last even longer!

 

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Throwback Thursday: Loon Call.

A frame from CR3 of PAUSE OF THE CLOCK

A frame from CR3 of PAUSE OF THE CLOCKT

Tchavdar and Dylan practice loon calls in a scene from Pause of the Clock.

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