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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) Advertisements

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“First Contact”

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“The Tree Of Life” (2011) Written & Directed by Terence Mallick

What constitutes a masterpiece?  What quality or aspect grants certain works special status, a place in the pantheon, among the immortals? Originality, certainly; also the scope of the creator’s ambition, their aesthetic fearlessness and uncompromising vision.  A masterpiece can be … Continue reading

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The Allure of a Bargain Bin

I know I’m not alone when I say that when I see a bargain bin full of books, music or movies, I almost hyperventilate in excitement. Yesterday was a lovely summer day here in town so I insisted my son … Continue reading

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