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Eno
Music

Eno

As a non-musician, Eno is good at thinking outside the box. He strives for beauty, and takes himself lightly. He is also open to chance. What a guy. Occasionally, though, these traits are hard to hear. Witness My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981), his flat collab with David Byrne, or parts of the Ambient series from 1978 … Continue reading

Creepshow
Film

Creepshow

If horror films, and horror anthology films in particular, are not your thing, skip the Creepshow. If the opposite holds, well – come on in. This is good stuff. Why does it have such a small following? Maybe the film’s rep sank after its weak sequel; after the so-so HBO series, Tales From the Crypt, and its … Continue reading

Avatar
Film

Avatar

Director Jim Cameron’s Avatar is fun, but it’s not great. (The only thing eventful about it was how neat it looked.) I miss the ultra-violent Cameron of futuristic hardware and needle-like tension. Today, the hardware behind the scenes bloats the budget, and the tension is whether it pays off. Cameron ups the ante on popcorn flicks, but … Continue reading

U Turn
Film

U Turn

Twice now I have tried to re-watch U Turn. I can’t do it. I hated the movie the first time. So, rather than gauge the technical merits (it has the Oliver Stone we know: extreme violence, shock editing, varied film stock), or fault what is basically flawless casting, I will cut to the chase. Stone wants … Continue reading

The Fog
Film

The Fog

I love The Fog. I love it, because the guys and gals who made Halloween did it partly as an homage to the films of Val Lewton, Alfred Hitchcock, and Howard Hawks. I love it, because they shot chunks of it in Point Reyes, CA and Inverness, CA, two of the most beautiful places in the world, and … Continue reading

Narc
Film

Narc

Narc is a cop’s journey into hell. It looks mainly at the interaction he (Jason Patric) has with another cop (Ray Liotta) who may be responsible for killing a fellow narc. That tension, that dialogue — sharp, colorful, and grounded in the stark world in which they breathe — is the meat of the movie. These … Continue reading