Category Archive: Reviews

4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days – A Film Review

  This is a movie review of the film 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. I give the film 5 out of 5 stars. – – – - “Out in the hall,… Continue reading

Private Property – A Film Review – A Long Day’s Journey Into The Next Day

This is a film review of “Private Property,” a French film (Nue Propriété): I give it 5 out of 5 stars. – – – - This film presents this premise: We choose many of… Continue reading

500 Helpful Votes On Amazon

Today I received my 500th “Helpful” vote for my Amazon reviews.  “Helpful votes” probably mean little to most, but they mean something to me.  A little less than 2 years ago, I started… Continue reading

Some Thoughts On Writing – And A Few Comments About The Movie “Juno”

I stopped writing this blog about 10 days ago.  I considerately let readers know I didn’t know when I was going to post again.  I expected readership to dwindle, or to at least fall… Continue reading

Don’t Wait on the World to Change

John Mayer had a hit song in 2006 titled “Waiting on the World to Change,” and unfortunately, the title was not a play on words. I didn’t appreciate the song because it essentially condoned… Continue reading

Tony Kushner – Angels In America

I think my first love loved Tony Kushner.  I didn’t know (and I still don’t know) all the reasons why.  The last movie she told me she liked was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” screenplay by… Continue reading

Roger Ebert – Awake In The Dark

I received a great book written by Roger Ebert for Christmas, titled “Awake In The Dark.”  It is a collection of his reviews and commentary on some of the years’ best films and… Continue reading

What was your Eve moment?

What was your Eve moment? One of the first stories in the Bible is a story that discourages questioning authority. The Bible begins with a story suggesting that life “used to be” idealic and… Continue reading

Brandi Carlile – The Heartache Can Wait

“The Heartache Can Wait” lyrics by Brandi Carlile: You’re talking ’bout leavin’ It’s right about Christmas time Thinkin’ ’bout moving on I think I might die inside I’m thinking about years gone by… Continue reading

Appreciating and Responding to Several Recent Kind Comments

I have consistently hoped and worked toward this blog becoming a place for intelligent, considerate, and emotionally weighted conversations on the arts, sexuality, and ethics.  I am grateful to everyone who shares their… Continue reading

Seeking One More Light

“Seeking One More Light”  When parents don’t agree with their childrens’ behaviors . . . Some parents punish their children by putting them into a dark room Some parents do it literally, turning… Continue reading

Willa Cather – A Review of Her Book “Alexander’s Bridge”

Willa Cather’s 1912 novel “Alexander’s Bridge:” 4 out of 5 Stars “Alexander’s Bridges” This is an amazing story about a successful engineer and his simultaneous romantic relationships with two brilliant and capable women. … Continue reading

Hey Eugene! – Nellie McKay & Pink Martini – The Importance of Not Forgetting To Be Humorous . . . Oh, & P.S. I Love You

Today on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed musician Nellie McKay. “Basically, I like music by dead people.” – Nellie McKay. Terry Gross:  Your mother carried around a dummy wallet for muggers? Nellie McKay: … Continue reading

I Suffer From Some Madness

I’m not sure you’d call it mental illness or even mental dysfunction. When I was young, I lost someone. That loss has often defined me. What do you do when a loss leaves… Continue reading

Romance – One More Definition

Romance - n. – a human desire for the world to be more intent on kindness, emotions, sensory connections, and love. Above Artwork by rougerouge. (Click on images to view them individually.) – – – -… Continue reading

Xavier Ramonède – XAV – Lusts For Life – 1 of 2

Artworks by Xavier Ramonède, aka “XAV”: (Click on images to view them individually.) © All rights reserved by Xavier Ramonède. – – – - Most Recent Artworks   All the Artists’ Artworks… Continue reading

Innovation In Art – There Are Good Reasons Why We Place More Value On Human-Crafted Artworks Than We Do On Mirrors

The above drawing is by me.  It is from a photo of George Harrison taken by Pattie Boyd. Sunshine is more than just love.  It is illumination, warmth, growth, renewal, new days .… Continue reading

Bruce Springsteen – Silence is Unpatriotic

Bruce Springsteen was interviewed recently on 60 Minutes.  The entire audio of the interview can be found in the 60 Minutes podcasts on iTunes.  The transcript of the interview and video excerpts can be found… Continue reading

Randy Pausch Medical Update, A Kind Jane’s Guide Review, and Tomorrow’s Oprah is about Polygamy in America

Randy Pausch I did a post recently on Randy Pausch, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  The post can be read here. Here is a medical update of his efforts to overcome… Continue reading

Alison Bechdel – Fun Home – An Epic Journey Toward Honesty

When your father is an exacting home renovator, meticulous interior decorator, local mortician, high shcool English teacher, and closeted homosexual, who you suspect likely had sexual relations with adolescent boys – if you’re… Continue reading

Feist – 1, 2, 3, 4, a high school musical

“1 2 3 4″ lyrics by Feist:  One two three four Tell me that you love me more Sleepless long nights That is what my youth was for Oh teenage hopes are alive… Continue reading

Max Andersson – Seeing the Spaces in Between

Artworks by Max Andersson: (Click on images to view them individually.) I like art because it takes me to places I don’t already understand.  I did not used to like “foreign” things.  In… Continue reading

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White Ts

Artwork by OnoLulu  “Hey there Delilah” lyrics by Plain White Ts  Hey there Delilah What’s it like in New York City? I’m a thousand miles away But girl tonight you look so pretty Yes… Continue reading

Things That Could Not Be Improved #4: Deadly Robert Downey Jr., The Blow’s “Come On Petunia,” Emily Dickinson, Pavel Wolberg, Musadeq Sadeq, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Doug Sneyd

“Junior . . . Robert Downey Jr.” This is the 4th edition of “Things That Could Not Be Improved,” a grouping of things that need not be, or could not be, improved.  I’m… Continue reading