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The Worst of the Best of the Worst

12/24/2016

I scored a few inches in the Voice‘s “Best of Civic Life 2016” a while back, but my favorite two bits didn’t make the final cut. Which is what this is for. Enjoy? Best Raid You could almost feel the saliva dripping from the tabloids’ pages: the “gangbangers” “ruled the Bronx streets with an iron Read More

True Grit

01/29/2016

The Film Forum is screening the Coens’ True Grit this weekend, so I dredged up this essay I wrote but never found a home for back when it was in theaters.   The first cinematic take on True Grit was released in ’69, the same year Butch & Sundance and The Wild Bunch exploded into Read More

Some Notes on John Carpenter

10/19/2015

Dark Star (1974). As film school sci-fi goes, THX 1138 (’71!) remains the reigning champion, but cross-splicing Strangelove (’64), 2001 (’68), and The Prisoner (’67) is inspired. Space as job. Hard not to see that as O’Bannon’s DNA, particularly given the modest debts the first two Alien films owe this one. Carpenter’s might seem harder Read More

In Dubious Battle

08/06/2015

Damn near every paragraph of this Jon Lee Anderson piece on Libya for The New Yorker is dubious: The wars in Syria and Iraq continue to dominate international headlines, Interesting to cast the turmoil in the region as separate “wars.” I think IS would disagree. But that’s beside the point, moving on…

Because

12/07/2014

Because it’s a compulsion. Because it haunts me at night. Because it haunts me all damn day. Because I can never hit the news cycle. Because I need to write regularly again, see if the heart will still pump blood, if the muscles will still flex, aspirate, lift, heave, hurtle, hurdle. Because I’ll probably never Read More