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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bang Bang

Just finished re-watching the excellent HBO series “The Wire,” five years on from its conclusion. It had me re-examining how readily we accept, and even embrace, cinematic violence. Violence in The Wire is both prevalent and plentiful, but it is nuanced. It’s difficult to imagine an equally effective version of the show without it. Chris […]

The Sweetest Thing

In his excellent film Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen plays an underachieving documentary filmmaker who attempts to woo Mia Farrow by showing her his latest project on a renowned professor and philosopher named Lewis Levy. Allen shows Farrow some footage from his film with Levy discussing the subject of love: What we are aiming at when […]

Go Blue

If I should fall from grace with God where no doctor can relieve me  – MacGowan I saw Steve Earle play the City Winery on Varick Street Monday night, a fine coastal transition the day after flying in from San Francisco. He opened with a geared-down version of the Pogues’ If I Should Fall From […]