Monthly Archives: July 2011

A poem from the archives: HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD   heavy verbs like a rocky coast, slowly shedding into the ocean                                                   wet pronouns                             sand of adjectives scattered on the side of the road, a small world devouring the motorists why write well? buy what you need to achieve                    … Continue reading

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3 things about Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER

Stalker [1979] 1. Train passes by. The drinking glass jitters on the seat of the chair. 2. A tableaux of bits and pieces of a broken civilization, frozen in time, lying just beneath the water’s surface. 3. Next, she concentrates … Continue reading

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3 things about Mike Leigh’s HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

Happy-Go-Lucky [2008] 1. This movie gets bonus points for a Paul Auster reference. Mr. Vertigo. 2. Her catchphrase: “Isn’t it just.” 3. While walking down the hall, the schoolteacher pauses to practice a few flamenco steps.

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3 things about Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE

Wings of Desire [1987] 1. At the library, the old man sits in a room surrounded by globes of various sizes. He watches a small model of the solar system, the planets orbiting the sun. 2. They shake hands without … Continue reading

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3 things about Guy Hamilton’s GOLDFINGER

Goldfinger [1964] 1. He emerges wearing a waterfowl headpiece. 2. “Auric Goldfinger? Sounds like a French nail varnish.” 3. Soldiers falling, falling, falling.

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3 things about Alain Resnais’ WILD GRASS

Wild Grass [2009] 1. All in the same shot: red hair, purple shutters, yellow car. 2. Suddenly he heaves his bare foot onto the table, displaying his bruised big toe. The policemen examine it discreetly. 3. “After the cinema, nothing … Continue reading

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3 things about Jean Vigo’s L’ATALANTE

L’Atalante [1934] 1. By the scruff of its neck, he hoists the kitten onto his shoulders. And there it stays, even when he begins to dance around. 2. He uses his finger as a stylus and plays the record. 3. … Continue reading

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