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Monthly Archives: February, 2016

Oh, bother: Oscars “roundup”

One wonders at the efficacy of getting mad.  One thinks: “Does it really matter what all those rich people do to and for each other?” And, well, it does and … Continue reading

February 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

Fargo (the movie)

As you know if you’ve been following for a while, I am a big fan of the TV series Fargo.  That is, in no small part, because I am a big … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Discreet Charm of the Cherbourgeoisie

I am a sentimental old fluff.  I like movie musicals, because I like all the things that usually go into them: song, dance, excess, emotion, and movie magic.  Are they, … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

case-of-the-Mondays roundup

1. If you haven’t yet read Chris Lehmann’s searing, brutally necessary opinion piece from Al Jazeera America, please do so right now.  Basically, his point is that journalism has become … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

All of Them Witches

It’s not hard to understand how readily witch-hunting mania took root in the New World, particularly here in the dark, cold, hostile Province of Massachusetts Bay.  For all those religious … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

what would Andrei think?

There’s been a terrific quiz going around today, from Bright Ideas, to tell you which twentieth-century auteur you are.  As time-wasters go, it’s a good one, and quite edifying, in a … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment


In the early days of cinema – from the 1910s through the end of World War I – serials were popular around the world.  In the beginning, “feature” films weren’t … Continue reading

February 17, 2016 · Leave a comment