The other day I left work right after 5 and went to see the documentary about Brian de Palma. It’s him talking the whole time about the movies he made (in chronological order so you can notice the passage of time). The documentary opens with a scene from “Vertigo”, establishing right away the influence that […]

When I’m working on something difficult, I put on Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg variations in the background. I tune everything out but his piano and somehow my mind feels more serene and focused and I’m able to produce a crisp if unexciting document. Once Glenn is done, other YouTube suggestions pop up. The best […]

When I was watching “Hello, My Name is Doris” I was thinking about that. Doris is very vintage (not really “new vintage” as the hipster crowd labels her), and it’s difficult to decide if to see her as a cool old broad or a weird old broad. Her romantic fixation on the much younger creative […]

“I was working part time in a five-and-dime My boss was Mr. McGee He told me several times that he didn’t like my kind ‘Cause I was a bit 2 leisurely Seems that I was busy doing something close 2 nothing But different than the day before That’s when I saw her, Ooh, I saw […]

They were purple and silver, high-waist, with diagonal black shiny buttons. I had them made for me by the partner of the woman who owned Amelia Earhart. They fit me like a glove. I haven’t worn them for a long time and when I tried to put them on recently, I could barely squeeze into […]

The grandfather of punk doesn’t sound as good as the grandfather of funk. Punk is not supposed to get older. The eclectic crowd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (O’Keefe) showed that punks sometimes get older. There was a sprinkling of younger fans – some of them came to see Josh Homme. It […]

I love high school movies and Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” is just a step removed from high school. A snapshot of college life in Texas in 1980, it’s a movie without much gravitas. Baseball jocks drinking, partying, trying to pick up girls and very occasionally playing baseball. Some gross out moments, posturing and talking, […]