RIDING THE UNBALANCE BETWEEN:
1. excellence and a kind, singular and porous identity that contains some of the scruples, humor, musicality and the beauty of a harsh and confusing, yet benign and rich reality – away from distractions.
2. the stupidity and blindness of complacency, violence, injustice, pretense, egos, short-term/wishful and group “thinking,” and empty talk – in all of their surprising embodiments.
OR one could say that this is
an appeal for a world NOT so caught up in anthropo/ego/euro/ethno/oculo/esthetico -CENTRISM.
A warning to:
1. Beware of those who claim to be strong – they are often dangerous.
2. Unmask the hoax of “centrality” (if in doubt, ask an “EX-centric”).
3. Perceive the arrogance of normalcy: everybody, in one way or anotherm is handicapped ! Which bring us back to 1.
Stephen Crane has a short poem about such a lofty goal:
“I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
‘It is futile,’ I said,
‘You can never -‘
‘You lie,’ he cried, And ran on.”
This site is still very much in progress.
Thank you for your patience.
On January 1st, World-Wide Wishful Thinking Day, the Grand Opening of the School of No Media! Excerpts from the front-page: “We live as if tomorrow did not exist, ignoring the imminent oblivion that awaits us all… but it does not stop there. The fact that experience is not transmissible compounds all of our mistakes, and our planet steadily falls apart. Full of wishful thinking, we want to believe… but nothing is a surprise anymore. What we know strangles us: reality is off limits and immediacy has gone. Our universe is built up to the extent that alienation, separation, isolation – and for some of us, exile – have become the very fabric of our existence, the only turf we inhabit.
Both centrality and normalcy as a whole are two of our major hoaxes, but again it goes further: like some kind of tautological monstrosity, we are so full of ourselves, we have become the victims of our own centrality” […]
The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]
— Sunday November 8 — The St. Louis International Film Festival is outdoing itself again! 12:05 p.m. at the Plaza Frontenac: “The King and the Mockingbird” Dialogues by the great Jacques Prévert and Paul Grimault (both from Groupe Octobre), with Pierre Brasseur, Fernand Ledoux, Anouk Aimée, Serge Reggiani, Raymond Bussieres, Roger Blin, Claude Piéplu — 4 p.m. at the Tivoli: “Carol” By the accomplished stylist Todd Haynes (“Mildred Pierce,” “Far from Heaven”), with Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett — 6:15pm at Webster University: SHOWN IN 35 mm! – and unlikely to be shown in St. Louis again – “Son of Saul” – Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize – Considering the topic, this prize reveals how surprised the jury members were by this film and its 38 year director […]read more
November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]read more
Pre-Order Price Ends October 31: $49 if you buy two or more, $59 for one – the pre-order price for a few more days. Later the price will be $79. — Yes, I DID buy into this activity tracker. With its 3D tracking and its feedback information, I wanted to be able to track my strokes in swimming, and get live feedback during cycling. At this point no other activity tracker is able to provide this type of data – and it is much cheaper than other decent tracker. […]read more
— Going All Out for the Papal Visit — [a picture is again worth a thousand words] – What does “ecstasy” look like these days? (Sister Mary Gabriel of the Sisters of Life is screened at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Washington, D.C. – Wednesday September 23, 2015) – “Beyond the Finish Line” and other photographs by Josh Haner […]read more
At the Tivoli LAST DAY IS THURSDAY OCT. 15! – My review: DEFIANTLY YOURS [for me the mountains will always bring me back to Mount Analogue & Ilarie Voronca’s “mes amis mes montagnes” – my friends my mountains] – “If you can do it, why do it?” — Gertrude Stein. The grass is always greener somewhere else, and the mountain always higher… Why do we need to move? Restlessness, exploration? The French poet Rimbaud spoke of the “nervous twitch of action”… What does it mean to be “driven”? What is “rational madness”? … For taking you relentlessly to the edge – in the same league as Touching the Void – the least we can do is make the trip to the theater! […] #stlouis #documentary #film #climbing #adventure #suspense #Himalayas #film reviewread more
Opening at the Plaza Frontenac 11:15 am – 1:40 pm – 4:15 pm – 7 pm – 9:30 pm – A sort of review: “I will let you decide after watching the clips below whether you would like to spend time with Brando. I am glad to have learned more from/about him.” […]read more
“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]read more
My review: Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. — Robert Frost – It may be odd to like what disturbs us but it is clear that Best of Enemies is meant to provoke, and in that sense it is most successfully engaging. In 1968, while trailing NBC and CBS – to debate the Democratic and Republican national conventions – ABC hired two commentators, the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal Vidal; the strategy worked and the ratings jumped way up! Almost every night the sparks were flying all over, not by the fireplace but on the small screen: two of the most articulate public intellectuals – in the days when such individuals still existed – were brilliantly sparring around the politics of those conventions. And then everything blew up. […]read more