Thursday, June 23, 2022

Another new notebook Drawing June 2022


Sunday, June 19, 2022

New notebook drawing June 2022


Mark Shields 1937-2022


Friday, June 17, 2022

Jean-Louis Trintignant 1930-2022

One of our great actors has passed. I first noticed him from the balcony at the Paris Theatre in 1966 as a chain smoking late teen gushing over A Man And A Woman.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Latest June notebook drawing 2022


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Last Seduction 1994

Hot open fire burnt toast of a femme fatale movie in which Linda Fiorentino gives a great nasty smoldering too hot to handle performance. Because it was originally shown for one night on cable, it was knocked out of being eligible for Oscars, and Fiorentino lost a sure shot chance of winning a best actress Oscar. Stupid Oscars. She did win several high end awards though including the New York Film Critics best actress award. So where is this sultry dame now? If the film was streaming on Netflix today she would have certainly walked off with the Oscar. Fiorentino plays a nasty lady who is out for her own good and rewards that comes with many twists and turns. She’s a user and an abuser who takes no prisoners including her hapless corrupt drug dealing doctor of a hubby well played by Bill Pullman or her clueless boyfriend latched on by her in a small burb town somewhere upstate New York played by Peter Berg. This is B territory made in garish color by the very good No frills director John Dahl who is more known as the director for the many good nasty t.v. series he worked on , like Dexter, Breaking Bad, Shameless, House of Cards and many others, and he brings this style of filmmaking to this movie which has the look and feel of a low budget television movie. It does have some nice New York City mid 90’s location work and the small town local footage bristles with bright neon signs and wet small town streets. It’s vulgar, tangy and twisty and that great Linda Fiorentino performance is like a smack to the face. Lady noir lives.    

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Great actor Philip Baker Hall has passed 1931-2022


Sunday, June 12, 2022

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New notebook drawing. Ink on paper June 2022


Monday, June 06, 2022

Early June notebook drawing June 2022


Sunday, June 05, 2022

Two new notebook drawings June 2022


Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Walter Abish 1931-2022

Knew him and his wife Cecile in the 70's when we would sometimes socialize. He was a striking figure. My sympathies go out to Cecile.

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Last of May Notebook drawings 2022


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Ray Liotta 1954-2022


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

New Notebook Drawings May 2022


Friday, May 20, 2022

Vangelis 1943-2022


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Urvashi Vaid 1958-2022 A towering figure in the gay rights movement


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fred Ward 1942-2022


Friday, May 13, 2022

Witness For The Prosecution 1957


Or Witness For The Prostitution, which I told my mom as a ten year old I wanted to see very badly. I was of course greeted with howls of laughter from her and my family and didn’t know why they were bending over from laughing so hard. Anyway I actually did get to see the film as a ten year old probably alone during a matinee showing at our neighborhood Loews, and even at this early age I loved it. I think I was prepared for it from watching the Alfred Hitchcock show every Sunday night, and at this age I equated mysteries, suspense and surprise endings with him. I had no idea who Agatha Christie was or for that matter who Billy Wilder was, but I knew I had to see this one.  

Set in a pop up like set of Old Bailey in nice black and white cinematogaphy and based on the short story by Agatha Christie and the hit international play that concerns a hot off the press shocking murder of a matronly well off lonely widow and the arrest and trial of the hapless Leonard Volpe for the crime. Played by Tyrone Power in his last movie role before keeling over from a heart attack on the set of Solomon and Sheba he’s not half bad even though he makes no attempt at a British accent and I thought he was an ex patriot living   in London. He is going to trial at Old Bailey and will be defended by Sir Wilfrid Robarts an ailing barrister played to the hilt with piss and vinegar by the great Charles Laughton in a marvelous performance.

The film is opened up a little bit with a flashback here and a flashback there but is basically a one set courtroom drama loaded with colorful oversized performances that makes the film without much ado “cinematic” and is not only engrossing but highly entertaining. The movie is helped immensely by the rest of the cast especially by the great Marlene Dietrich in her mid fifty’s but still glamorous, beautiful and leggy. The director Billy Wilder plays upon her history and film lore including a flashback to her meeting of Ty Power her future husband who is an RAF pilot in occupied Berlin where Dietrich is a chanteuse with an accordion no less and is performing in a ruin of a nightclub called Die Blaue Laterne which in English is The Blue Lantern and is a sly homage to her famous pre-movie star film “The Blue Angel.”      

Dietrich is spellbinding in all her scenes playing Ty’s mysterious wife and we are kept guessing as to her motives and actions. I don’t know how much Wilder kept of the short story or the play but the sassy screenplay he co wrote with Larry Marcus and Harry Kurnitz is pungent, witty and full of surprises as any good mystery should be. There is also an adorable supporting performance from Laughton’s real life wife the great Elsa Lanchester as his much put upon nurse who watches over him like a stalking wolf. Also in the cast is the great Una O’Connor who plays the murder victim’s loyal and outspoken housemaid who has a few brilliant moments especially in the scene where she testifies in court. The movie was a hit with critics and audiences who were asked at the end of the film not to tell friends what happens, especially in the last moments of the film which shocked and jolted movie audiences. It’s here that I shut my mouth and stop writing allowing anyone who has never seen the film to savor all the jolts and surprises for themselves.  

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

New notebook drawings May 2022


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