I completely forgot to write about “American Honey” which I liked a lot, even though it was not as accomplished of a film as “Manchester by the Sea”. Critics were divided on “American Honey”. I went to see it as soon as it opened (good move because it didn’t stay around for long). To see […]

Fall came and went. My TIFF outings were very few compared to other years. I saw a couple of all right but not great movies not worth mentioning and Jim Jarmusch latest: “Paterson” and “Gimme Danger”. Both good, but probably only appealing to a smaller audience. “Paterson” is about a bus driver poet who lives […]

I was reading Brain Pickings and W.H. Auden was talking about writers – how as soon as they complete a piece of work, they start to think about the next one. They don’t think much about the past work, or if they do, they remember the flaws. It’s an interesting take on how artists create […]

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 […]