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Life, Itself

Last night CNN broadcast the movie Life, Itself about film critic Roger Ebert, focusing both on his career as well as the difficult final months of his life.

I greatly enjoyed the retrospective, and getting a stronger sense of his place within film criticism, particularly as a populist critic in counterpoint to cerebral critics such as Pauline Kael.

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It’s time. I’ve saved for years. I bought five extra years’ service with the state, bolstering my pension. I don’t have to work in the court system any more. The judicial process is painstaking, and as a citizen I appreciate the serious efforts of the courts to apply the law, to resolve conflicts, to get things right — at the same time, I don’t have to take those pains myself any more.

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Sure, we all complain about commercials. I channel surf away and still can’t escape them — this evening while I fiddled around online a rum commercial came on in the background that made me turn the TV off.

But not because I disliked it. Rather, I heard it through for the background music, Iggy Pop’s The Passenger, which made me want to hear that song again.

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I just saw a wonderful documentary. It began with an item in the local weekly newspaper about a movie called The Wrecking Crew showing at the old theatre out on the former naval air station.

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A friend emailed this video to me. He knows I walk Market street to work frequently, and asked  if I recognized any of these buildings–knowing most were destroyed. This is San Francisco four days before the earthquake and fire changed the City forever.

The music fits hauntingly well with this view back on a long-lost world. Twenty-first century as it may be, the music suits the mood for our glimpsing this basically Victorian, 19th century world.

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 We saw a good movie over Christmas. Strong cast. Interesting plot. Gorgeous sets. And one of the best things about the experience was that I was well-prepared, before going in, for the worst of it.  (more…)

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 People have asked me to be honest. I had one, two, three requests last Fall, and I had a notion for a post, too, to revisit some prior ruminations on honesty, and humanity, and I did … nothing.

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