Favorite Quotes: Chasing Success & The Wisdom of Viktor Frankl

I have finally begun reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning. It has been recommended to me for years and I’m just now catching up to those recommendations (my therapist was the most recent and final impetus). Good thing I did, too. I hadn’t even gotten through the Preface when I was presented with aContinue reading “Favorite Quotes: Chasing Success & The Wisdom of Viktor Frankl”

Soderbergh Saves The Best For Last?

I, for one, am not excited by the notion that director Steven Soderbergh has decided to stop making films. Of course, we all hope he changes his mind and either doesn’t stop, or just takes a short hiatus and returns sooner than later. But no matter what decision he ultimately makes, it’s invigorating and inspiringContinue reading “Soderbergh Saves The Best For Last?”

Alas, More Wisdom From Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola has, thankfully, been very vocal about his feelings and experiences regarding films, filmmaking and the Hollywood filmmaking industry. And so it is that I find myself needing to share more of his statements and observations as I stumble upon them. If we cannot learn from our elders, from those who walk aheadContinue reading “Alas, More Wisdom From Coppola”

Favorite Quotes: Martin Scorsese On The Uncomfortable Landscape Of Great Films

In a recent review of John Ford’s classic film The Searchers for The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese discusses why he believes (as so many do) that The Searchers is not just a great western, but a great film. Quite possibly one of cinema’s greatest films. Throughout his review of this classic, as well as Glenn Frankel’sContinue reading “Favorite Quotes: Martin Scorsese On The Uncomfortable Landscape Of Great Films”

Favorite Quotes: Martha Graham & The Quickening Of Unique Expression

“There is a vitality,  a life force,  an energy,  a quickening that is translated through you into action,  and because there is only one of you in all time,  this expression is unique. And if you block it,  it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham I foundContinue reading “Favorite Quotes: Martha Graham & The Quickening Of Unique Expression”

Imogen Sara Smith Delves Into 3 Powell/Pressburger Films

Every once in a while, I like to highlight someone else’s post. Particularly when it is well-written, insightful and extremely intelligent. Ms. Smith’s observations on the inner and outer workings of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP, I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING and A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATHContinue reading “Imogen Sara Smith Delves Into 3 Powell/Pressburger Films”

Kubrick & Burgess: Two Clockworks

I recently responded to a friend’s Facebook post commenting on the differences between Anthony Burgess’ novel A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s adaption of the material. I tried to describe why I thought the changes that were made by Kubrick were valid and why I saw his concentration on sex and sexuality in theContinue reading “Kubrick & Burgess: Two Clockworks”

Searching For The Sound: When Audiences Drown Out The Music

I suppose there has always been rude people at live shows. Any concert I’ve ever been to has had talkers. You know, those folks who seem to be only peripherally aware that someone is on stage making music and that there are people actually engaged in listening (or trying to listen, as the case mayContinue reading “Searching For The Sound: When Audiences Drown Out The Music”