AT LEAST LOOK AT IT
…there is a surge, resurgence, emergence, co-emrgence going on and about us, on exchanges, in daily life, on politics, in artistic endeavors, on romantic chances, in self-deception, on social media, in common bullshit…
“everybody’s looking for something,” even when they don’t know it / the levels and depths of unconsciousness among us is rated as ‘scary,’ how does the world function I sometimes wonder, what props up the utter deception, masks, fears, that leadmankind into such a painful existence?
we are on the brink, the rim, the edge, the razor’s edge of change, it is palpable, in the air, vibrating in cellular dimensions, auric vicissitudes changing rainbow colors all while decadence and death abound in this fecund foxhole of humanity / word bombs have their shrapnel and fallout and collateral damage isn’t even blinked at
ay, but there is good too, much to look forward to while letting go of the old BS that is necessary to move forward…
see you on the uptake…
HIGH STRUNG: film recommended to me by Wert and Laurie...Contains a somewhat familiar storyline but is developed nicely. Classical dancer in a competitive school meets subway playing minstrel, who is really well versed in classical violin. Downstairs neighbors are hip hop dancers and an upbeat story filled with romance and a down to earth gypsy quality that puts the snobbishness of some of the school's best performers to shame for their arrogance! Streamable on Netflix (4 stars)
A WOMAN, A YOUNG LADY, SARCASM AND OMG, PATIENCE…
A simple trip to Taos, NM with my lady and her daughter turned into a joy, a fiasco, fun and Help Me…
We are laughing in between moods of anger, annoyance, being shot down, utter silliness, and “Yuge” touristy shopping sprees. I would have to say that overall these will be happy memories with some key funny remarks, statements of the obvious and moments of brilliance, sanity and neuroses / in other words a normal day in any given relationship.
In my experience sarcasm is usually an aspect of intelligence and this young lady is quite bright along with her mom…we have the dynamic duo! I, on the other hand felt left in the dust as their humor escalated and crescendoed rather quickly while I often was feebly without words to counter (somewhat unusual for me). In any case, it was all in a fun modality without any real, ‘OH SNAP’ to it, well perhaps some (he said smiling).
One Sleepless in Taos night and some grumpies in the morning, just another story and mini hurdle to get over. Would I do it again, you betcha!
©stephen.futral / 16.august.2016
August 23rd, 2016
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY
MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS SEPTEMBER 2016
1/ Hotel: A collage of various odd characters converging at a grand hotel in Venice. There is a documentary film crew, who are following another crew filming a period tragedy. The producer and director engage in a battle of wills while the staff is conspiring against them all. Lots of symbolism and a sense of surreal acting. Stars: Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu, Burt Reynolds, David Schwimmer and others. (3 stars)
2/ What a Man: Alex a typical male ‘nice guy’ goes out of his way to accommodate his petulant and demanding girlfriend…so there is a complete surprise for Alex when he finds out she’s cheated on him and thinks little of their relationship and ends it. It is a film that tackles the ‘gender issue’ very well and sends Alex through various situations as he tries to ‘find himself.’ (3 stars)
3/ The History of Future Folk: Two aliens from the planet Hondo come to take over our planet but when they hear our human invention…Music, they abandon their mission and head to a tiny Brooklyn bar where they play as a Hondonian bluegrass duo. The movie has some delightful twists and worth the watch. (3 stars)
4/ The English Teacher: Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a 40 year old HS teacher in a small town in Pennsylvania. Her life is, in a way lifeless as she devours the thrill and drama of the books she reads. Her life becomes delightfully involved when a former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to his small town after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. He’s on the verge of giving up as he’s pressured by his father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear) to go to law school. Linda feels he shouldn’t give up and decides to produce the play for the school, with the flamboyant Nathan Lane as the drama teacher. Fun and well done movie. (4 stars)
5/ The Emperor’s Club: A sobering film about a principled but flawed prep school teacher played by Kevin Kline and a rebellious student (Emile Hirsch) whose father is a senator. The film spans a 25 year period where his students grow into situations that perhaps the teacher influenced. Well acted and deeply human. (4 stars)
Moved to Crestone to build a body of art and to write poetry and a memoir
Artwork by Stephen Futral
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