I first saw Ben-Hur when I was in high school. The wheels of those racing chariots dug ruts into my memory. But I also remember that, despite its sprawling adventures, despite Charlton Heston's brawny performance, it was Jesus who stole the show with one small cameo. It just so happens that I've got a copy of the new special edition release of Ben-Hur on DVD, and I'm going to pass it on to whoever offers me the best answers to the following questions: What movie moment was the most … [Read more...]
GreenCine Daily is providing all kinds of coverage on the Toronto International Film Festival, including some comments on The Smell of Paradise, a film that makes me uneasy just in its summary. Meanwhile, the blogging has begun in earnest at Long Pauses by Darren Hughes, who is determined not to be controlled by "blog guilt." He especially praises Sokurov's The Sun. (Great. Now, in future conversations with film buffs, we'll have to say, "The Sun.... No, S-U-N, not the Dardennes Brothers … [Read more...]
Charlie Sexton Returns. Iron & Wine collaborate with Calexico. Paul McCartney produced by Nigel Godrich.
What a day for new releases! … [Read more...]
Anne and I spent the weekend in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, writing and drinking coffee and reading good books. We had the privilege of spending time with Luci Shaw, a marvelous poet and an inspiration to us both. I also listened to a lot of great music. And then I promptly LOST MY CD CARRYING CASE. Currently missing: the new Ron Sexsmith album, Bruce Springsteen's latest, and several other current favorites. [insert much grumbling here] Anyway, I'm finding a whole lot of comfort in … [Read more...]