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What is Art?

In Art, This Evening's Movie on August 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

The Horsemen: Capturing the Graceful Spectacle of Andalusia’s La Saca de las Yeguas

The Horsemen by Glen Milner

Being spellbound in the spur of the moment.

For me one of the defining elements of art: When a topic previously of little interest is revealed in such a way that I drop all other thoughts and offer all of my attention to the work before my eyes.

Exactly this happened this morning in a three-minute clip from the documentary The Horsemen by Glen Milner. NOWNESS opened the curtain on this for me. Is the definition of a movie trailer That which leaves trails of interest that lead you to the referenced work?

The Bay Lights: Homage to Warhol and Picasso

In Art, The Bay Lights, This Evening's Movie on March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm
--The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

–The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

Soundtrack: Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Tonight’s The Bay Lights are a ripple of Warhol’s film The Empire State Building wrapped in Picasso’s Blue Period.

The Hidden Art of Silent Films

In This Evening's Movie on March 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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Silent films are a lost art.  Hollywood really has gone overboard on special effects and underwhelming plot lines (that is, when they do something other than just remaking an 80’s film or re-vamping Superman for the zillionth time).

I took a trip back to my alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University last weekend.  As I meandered down memory lane, I was saddened to see my favorite professor, Helmut Kremling, was no longer teaching.  Not only was he a great mentor for me while proffing the courses of my major (German Studies), he also taught an Introduction to Film class that completely opened up a whole new world to me.  I had always been a lover of movies, but never before had I experienced so much fascination with a dying art form.  Much like the old celluloid films of the late 19th Century, the structural integrity of true trend-setting and cutting-edge films is in…

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Sigur Ros’ Heima: Amazing Grace

In Art, This Evening's Movie on March 18, 2011 at 3:19 am

It is hard, if not impossible to imagine any single moment as spellbinding–as awe-filled, as most any moment in the film Heima (Home), featuring Iceland’s remarkable (ambient, sincere, gifted, community-minded, sweet, handsome) musicians known as Sigur Ros.

The film, like their music, is peerless. Not a frame nor note forsaken. I find myself sitting here, all alone, watching the film (again)…my head tilts in wonder. At the Icelandic landscape. At the gorgeous ambient tones. Color. Set design in improbable places. The guileless offering of the band members’ roaming their homeland with free public concerts. The communities’ happy attendance.

Here, every picture tells a story. Each and every frame (24 per second, natch) worthy of a framed still.

Jonsi, et. al, I fall in love every time I hear your music. Each time I watch, I live with, this film.

Amazing grace.

32 Short Films About Glenn Gould

In This Evening's Movie on December 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Christmas evening, 2010.

A simple, peerless, Italian-influenced Christmas dinner. A glorious wine from Oregon, Meditrina(5). A steady rain drizzling outside, good friends, my neighbors Bill and Gasper, inside.

After dinner, Gasper (knowing I am a fellow cinephile) asks, “Wanna watch a movie?” Me: “Yes, how about 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould?” (I knew B & G favor esoteric films and classical music. Not to mention the eccentric).

“Sure.” (Bless the ease of streaming Netflix via Blueray.)

Gould intrigues me. I’d seen the film years ago. When the occasion presents itself to listen to Gould’s recordings (read: I used to play his Goldberg Variations on my iPod while Nordic skiing) or read of his becoming/bedeviling behaviors, I take it. I was delighted to share this indulgence on the indulgent tonight.

My short review: Mesmerizing. Mad. Marvel-ous.

It’s an ode to solitude…

and the opening/closing shots of grand solitude on a vast frozen expanse: I was riveted.

Man's Inhumanity to God

In Sri Sayings, This Evening's Movie on November 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

“Man’s inhumanity to God” is a line from Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana, in reference to pollution, the depleting of natural resources, and our general mindless disregard for the divinity of creation. This from a 1961 script…

It’s a concept that I hope to remember as I watch (as best I can) my thoughts, words and actions to try to avoid creating new karmas when in the course of human events. It bears extraordinary impact, just as the film does. It is Felliniesque while Williamsian, with the decided auteurism of John Huston. Watching The Night of the Iguana on a chilly night in northern California, 2010, was a night to remember.

Forbidden Games, Rene Clement's poignant commentary on collateral damage.

In This Evening's Movie on January 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

This Evening’s Movie

I first saw Forbidden Games while in my 20’s, the heyday of my cinephilia…

A recent reacquaintance slide memories of Forbidden Games in my awareness, and to the top of my Netflix queue…watching it right now…still poignant…I once felt it one of the most endearing, unforgettable, and addictive films I’d ever seen..

Tonight, it is my Night Watch.

Tomorrow, will tell.

Halogen TV

In This Evening's Movie on November 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

This Evening’s Movie has been commandeered.



It’s as if my musings have manifested, and wrangled their way to composing a complete 24/7 tv network. I’m so moved, enthralled, inspired and jazzed by Halogen TV, I may leave Netflix.

Peopled by hipster artists, environmentally and socially conscious producers, and reality shows with intelligence (yes).

I’m bowing to Halogen.

Mad Men opening sequence quotes Robert Longo

In Cultural Musings, This Evening's Movie on September 6, 2009 at 9:52 am

What I love about curating:

When new fascinations recall previous ones, and there is that “That makes me think about…” moment.

I think Mad Men is unabashedly brilliant. Mesmerizingly, keep-me-in-the-moment so. (My yogi me would say when that happens, it is Kundalini.) In the mid-80s, I had the same reaction to artist Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities series. Enough so that one Halloween, I dressed as one of the characters. (Hey, I was 30 and full of myself in the good way. Actually, being full of oneself is living right, not a social misdemeanor.)

Curating fills me with myself, with my soul’s way of connecting delights to delights, and sharing that with others….”Hey, look at this!”

The Flight of the Conchords

In This Evening's Movie on August 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Have I ever been more delighted than I am when watching this show?

I cannot imagine…