The Wisdom of Teeth
Like most people, I don’t much like going to the dentist. Not that I don’t like my dentist, mind you; she’s very professional, incredibly nice, and unlike most in her line of work these days, she’s averse to doing anything unnecessary, which is as good for my mental health as it is for my wallet. Still, small comfort; going to the dentist only gets worse the older I get. In most other areas, I...
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You Have to Love Werner Herzog
It does not bespeak great wisdom to call the film The Bad Lieutenant, and I only agreed to make the film after William (Billy) Finkelstein, the screenwriter, who had seen a film of the same name from the early nineties, had given me a solemn oath that this was not a remake at all. But the film industry has its own rationale, which in this case was the speculation of some sort of franchise. I have...
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.– Roald Dahl
The most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.– Harlan Ellison
This is by the San Francisco-based band Loquat;...
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From Chuck Closterman’s sublime review of The Beatles Remastered box: Revolver gets an A+, mostly because of “She Said She Said” and “For No One,” but partially because I hate filing my taxes. Read the rest at the AV Club.
The Ballad of Narayama, as reviewed by Andrew...
The 1958 Japanese movie The Ballad of Narayama recounts the story of an old woman who must finish her business in life before reaching the age of 70. Since she will be considered a burden after this point, her son will carry her to the snowy mountains and leave her to die, in accordance with local traditions. The movie is clearly an indictment of socialized medicine, which, if enacted, will send...