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"...then she turned head over heels three times, lazily enough to show off the crack in her bum."

- Angela Carter -

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Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Poet Elizabeth Bishop's (Miranda Otto) love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pires)

View from the Couch February 2014

This month was occupied with some catching up on films that I meant to see but missed when they were first released; revisiting some old films that I remember liking; and discovering a few new ones. Films that I find substantive, I post as single review features. This month included two excellent and unusual films: Fruitvale Station and Frances Ha.

Fruitvale Station

Coogler, Whittaker

Finished watching Fruitvale Station about 20 minutes ago and I am wowed.

The story was presented with as much humanity as I have ever witnessed in a film. We weren't sold on Oscar's reformation, we were offered his humanness. And has a film ever had such a powerful final scene? Nope, Fruitevale Station wins that prize.

Community

Ferron

I am hearing more and more tales of seniors in our LGBTQ community, who are in dire straits. I have a few opinions about that.

A generation of people, who broke down barriers, stepped to the front, changed things for our community, are aging and many are without resources. As I listen to the stories, I hear loads of self accusation for not working and plans to get employed to take care of themselves, when frankly, because of age and physical limitations, that is impossible.

Russia and the LGBTQ Community

GQ takes a look at being GAY in Putin's Russia and it is bad news.

As I read the article, I kept remembering an interview I did with filmmaker Heather Lyn McDonald, who did 2 films about being GAY in Russia: Kitchen Stories USSR and Kiev Blue. Unfortunately, things have not changed for the better since the days McDonald made her films.

View from the Couch - January 2014

Colette and Janney

View from the Couch

When writing the original View from the Couch articles for Inside/Out Hudson Valley, as the deadline approached, I would sweat bullet points. Years away from that, I'm finding motivation to write these kind of articles again. So here is the latest edition.

Oscars

Philomena starring Judi Dench

Anyone who has followed my reviews over the years, knows well my disdain for the Oscars and the small relevancy they have to anything but the box office. That said, I have a few opinions.

August: Osage County

Meryl Streep August: Osage County

Definitely among the finalists on my list for Best Picture. I'm giving it 5 stars.

Promos for the film refer to it as a "hilarious, dark comedy", well don't be fooled. Yes, you will laugh, but this is not a comedy nor is it hilarious. Ironic, yes; sardonic, yes; hilarious, no.

Brit Marling

Brit Marling

I highly recommend watching this young woman's career, so far it has been exceptional.

Having recently viewed two films co-written and starring Brit Marling, I'm hooked. Both films are intelligent and compelling with action and subplots. I've just loved them!

This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

Sean Penn and Frances McDormand are brilliant in this little sleeper that I only caught because of the good taste of Tree McElhinney. Ultimately I was very confused and didn't follow the twist of events, but the filmography and acting were worth the time. Can someone out there explain Tony to me? Is Cheyenne also Tony? 

4 out of 5 even with the confusion.

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