Friday, November 8, 2019

Biopic Cast Note

In the biopic of my life, Robert Foote will be played by Willem Defoe.

Given that we already knew that Phillip will be played by Robert Pattinson, last night's viewing of The Lighthouse was kind of weird.

Ok. Weirder.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Movies: The Lighthouse


The Lighthouse was a perfectly dark and psychologically weird trip for a rainy November evening. At times I wondered if the two characters were meant to be read as individuals or halves of a broken, repetitive single entity.

Black and White throughout holds the starkness, while the screen limit increases the sense of visual depth, as though there is a bit more distance than the camera would ordinarily impart. I loved these choices. Dialogue light in general, the visuals are the story.  But there are moments when Defoe delivers a soliloquy worthy of any King Lear. Simply gorgeous to behold.

Twisty without any answers, the end feels like a perfect note of finality.

Side note: The glasses have made all the difference! I can see movies again, and it was great to be back in the Grandin Theatre. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Smith Park


Redux

Is it just me or has everything been one bizarre, fractured repeating loop this while year so far?

Monday, July 15, 2019

76: Hardness

76
Hardness

Living people
are soft and tender.
Corpses are hard and still.
The ten thousand things,
the living grass, the trees,
are soft, pliant.
Dead, they're dry and brittle.

So hardness and stiffness
go with death,
tenderness, softness,
go with life.

And the hard sword fails,
the stiff tree's felled.
The hard and great go under.
The soft and weak stay up.


In an age when hardness is supposed to be the essence of strength, and even the beauty of women is reduced nearly to the bone, I welcome this reminder that tanks and tombstones are not very adequate role models, and that to be alive is to be vulnerable.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Beautiful Day

Having a Lee DeWyze kind of evening.
It's a beautiful day.