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Words of wisdom from Werner

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A pearl of wisdom from Pauline Kael

“It’s the emotionlessness of so many violent movies that I’m becoming anxious about, not the rare violent movies (“Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Godfather”, “Mean Streets”) that make us care about the characters and what happens to them. A violent movie … Continue reading

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“A Million Little Pieces” (prose)

A Million Little Pieces* There’s no such thing as a “true” story. We—every one of us–fictionalize our lives. Everything is recorded through our senses and, as a result, our perceptions are highly subjective. My recollection of an event will differ … Continue reading

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“Strange Love” (poem)

Strange Love (for Stanley Kubrick) Stanley Kubrick’s eyes belie dispassion: remoteness was his only defence. Look how frankly he regards you, the way you shrivel from that gaze.   © Cliff Burns (All Rights Reserved)

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Best Films of 2015

I watched over 100 films in 2015. No other movie came close to “Hard To Be A God” in terms of its sheer, visceral impact, the power and intensity of director Aleksei German’s vision (many years coming to fruition). Here’s … Continue reading

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“Hard To Be a God” (Movie Review)

Hard To Be a God (2013) Director: Aleksei German Screenplay: Svetlana Karmalita & Aleksei German Cast: Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitri Vladimirov, Laura Pitskhelauri, Aleksandr Ilyin How does one even begin to review, to assess, to assimilate Aleksei German’s “Hard To Be a God”? Any discussion of … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’s Last Movie

ORSON WELLES’S LAST MOVIE: The Making of “The Other Side of the Wind” by Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press; 2015) Do we really need another book about Orson Welles? That particular shelf is already bulging with titles, the heavier tomes … Continue reading

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