Category Archives: Arts

Film comment: The latest Meryl Streep, and yet another token person of color

Last night I went to the movies with a couple of my friends to see the latest film starring Meryl Streep.  I don’t actively follow any actors’ careers, but it’s obvious even to me that she’s one of the few … Continue reading

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Just for fun: La Llama que llama

About six months ago, I saw “La Llama que llama” for the first time, on a friend’s Facebook wall, and I fell in love.  Normally I can’t stand television commercials, but this series, produced for the phone company Telecom in … Continue reading

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From here to Eternauta: the art of Oesterheld and the politics of Néstor Kirchner

A few evenings ago, I was excited to return from the office and find in my mailbox the anthology of Argentine comic strip writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s work I’d ordered recently.  I immediately flopped down to read the second version … Continue reading

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Film comment: Not blaming the victim, not being a victim: Viewing “Flirting with Danger”

Unfortunately, there’s never a bad time to screen a film addressing violence against women, as it’s such a pervasive problem.  But the timing of the premier of the Media Education Foundation’s new documentary, Flirting with Danger: Power and Choice in … Continue reading

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Adventures in decluttering: Letting go of the vinyl

Many of us hang onto our stuff long after we’ve stopped using it because it has strong memories associated with it.  Here’s a pile of record albums I took to the CD/ music shop this week because I haven’t listened … Continue reading

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Film comment: “Hope Springs” and the necessity of writing about sex

The movie pickin’s being slim, especially since our small town’s only theater closed a few months ago, a friend and I recently set off for the mall-plex in the next town to see the latest Meryl Streep film.  My friend … Continue reading

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Film comment: El secreto del marketing (The secret in the marketing, and my problems with Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning film)

Spoiler alert:  This post contains information, in paragraph 5, about the end of the film. Although Juan José Campanella’s El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in their Eyes is the English title) had an extended run at our local … Continue reading

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Film comment: ¿Buen camino? No Way!

A capsule review.  I don’t think this contains spoiler alerts, as there’s nothing more to spoil. The latest Sheen/Estevez family project, The Way, is gorgeously filmed, but I’ve seen deeper ABC Afterschool Specials.  The tale of an older man who … Continue reading

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Film comment: Fishing for something deeper

Note:  All of my film reviews contain plot “spoilers,” so consider yourself forewarned. Catfish is a great example of a film that could’ve been so much more, had it been made by more mature directors, but it’s also a perfect … Continue reading

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Film comment: The dykes are all right – as long as they have het sex

“The Kids Are All Right” is the “Fatal Attraction” of the 2010s.  In this case, the nuclear family has two mothers, the partner in the illicit fling is a man, and no bunnies are killed.  The only casualties, in fact, … Continue reading

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