Category Archives: Film

Random Notes on Recent Films – Documentaries!

I’ve recently seen several exceptional documentaries. They cover a range of topics and experience, but all have very human concerns. Here are my impressions of them. _____________________________________________________ Echo in the Canyon (Andrew Slater, director)  This brilliant display of nostalgia centers … Continue reading

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To the Moon!

I was stationed in Thailand with the U.S. Air Force when the first manned moon landing happened on July 20, 1969. (That’s me defending the free world at right.) We received news there via armed forces newspapers and radio, but … Continue reading

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“Nice Guys Finish Dead” – Part 2

I had so many great covers left over from the last post that I decided to put them in a follow-up. As with the first batch, these depict lives largely lived in dirty back alleys with broken bottles on the … Continue reading

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“Nice Guys Finish Dead” – and Other Hard-Boiled Visions

I’ll get back to film-related subjects shortly, but in the meantime, there’s this. Started by Fawcett Publications in 1950, Gold Medal Books was notable for introducting paperback originals. Other paperback publishers dealt in reprints. No one had done this before, … Continue reading

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Bookish – Favorite Books, Then & Now

As far back as I can remember, I was always reading. I grew up on an Iowa farm in the 1950s. As an only child, I created my own world and spent as much time there as possible. All the … Continue reading

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Best Documentaries 2018 – Supplemental

See below for more on some of the films in my Best Documentaries Part 2 list. ________________________________________________________ Hal _______________________________________________________ John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection ______________________________________________________ Kusama: Infinity _______________________________________________________ Love, Cecil David Bailey is a fashion and portrait photographer … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Documentaries 2018 – Part 2

Here are the rest of my top choices for 2018. _________________________________________________________ Chef Flynn (Cameron Yates, director)  Flynn McGarry opened a restaurant he called Eureka in his home at age 11. His journey is amazing. Totally encouraged by his mother, Meg … Continue reading

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What I Saw Last Year: Best Documentaries 2018 – Part 1

Last year was another excellent year for documentary features. Of the 15 films on my list, my top picks are Free Solo, Watergate, and Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Free Solo  (Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai … Continue reading

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Best Features 2018 – Supplemental

Once again, for those who want to take a deeper dive into some of the films on my Best Features list, here is a selection of interviews that will add to your experience of those films. Take your pick. ________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Another One Bites the Dust — Happy New Year from Films etc.

It’s been a good year for film and television, but pretty grim otherwise, both nationally and globally. I just hope that the creature in the White House finally implodes without taking the rest of us with him. That said, here’s … Continue reading

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