FINAL ACT:As the rush of the heroin named "Ace of Hearts" consumed Philip Seymour Hoffman and he knew that he was going to die, what went through his mind? One person I spoke to said terror. Then she asked me how he died. I said, "Overdose, with the needle stuck in his arm." Her response: "What an idiot! He leaves behind three beautiful children." I think she's right. One of the sacrifices you make as a parent is you don't shoot smack. Here's a method acting question: What was Hoffman's thought process as he was scoring? How did he reconcile his obviously reckless behavior? (Great actor though: think about his roles in Owning Mahoney, Talented Mr. Ripley, Capote, Money Ball, and several others, and you will recognize an actor with a tremendous range and authenticity. I'm sorry I never saw him on stage. They say his performances were nuanced and electric.) Moral: Until they decriminalize hard drugs and regulate the quality of it, DON'T DO IT!)
FOR THOSE HARRY POTTER FANS out there used to sweet Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, it will be shocking to see him in his new role as young poet Allen Ginsberg in KILL YOUR DARLINGS. Let's just say his feet are not always on the ground and his ass isn't always covered by underwear. Brave role. I respect him as an actor. Movie gets three out of four stars from me. Very suspenseful and well paced. Visually and historically pleasing. (see longer review by Lou Bardel)
On her way to China to take part in the international project KINSHIP OF RIVERS, the Post-Modern writer and educator Wang Ping takes time out from her busy schedule to have a conversation on writing, Buddhism, and paddling down the Mississippi.
EDITORIAL: Dialectics: Art. Sex. Economics. What happens next in the culture of China?
Will Shanghai become a world art capital? Will China grow culturally as
well as economically? Will the artist Ai WeiWei continue to be
oppressed? Who is the Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan?
The world has so many questions for Chinese culture and the art world…
(Artist and activist Ai Wei Wei pictured above.) SEE MORE...
TWO BRAVE AUTHORS
In honor of China's 63rd anniversary and Banned Books Week (September
30 - October 6), I'd like to celebrate two brave authors -- Wei Hui and
Their books, which have been available in the West for the last decade,
have recently debuted in the Chinese marketplace. A decade ago you
would not have found these authors on the shelves of a local Chinese
bookstore. Wei's Shanghai Baby is a frank and open depiction of a
woman's sexuality in a China that often resembles Victorian England.
Qiu's The Mao Case is a detective novel that ells
a tale of government secrecy, one that also deconstructs the
devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution on China. Both are
excellent reads, but made more important because they challenge the
Chinese status quo. (Bardel) click here for more
Johnny Depp’s performances have resonance. He’s like a Stradivarius violin. He plays the main character in Hunter S. Thompson’s RUM DIARY, which is about a writer who goes to San Juan looking for a voice. He's also looking for a job on a newspaper. Amidst the beautiful ocean vistas, palm trees, carnivals, fast cars, cantinas, protests, and cockfighting, he discovers not only his voice but several other unwholesome truths. OFFICIAL WEBSITE BOOK REVIEW
June 11, 2011 - Zinesters distribute what is important to them
- without having to be palatable to corporate giants like Walmart or
Target, and the result today was an unfettered marketplace for ideas. click here for more
Also see "Legs, lips, sex and jazz"
by Pennsylvania-poet Dale R. Wilsey, Jr. in Poetry Corner
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
The latest flick by the revolutionary Woody Allen
Review by Lou Bardel
They called the Indians terrorists. They called the American Revolutionaries terrorists. They called the Confederate soldiers terrorists. Anyone who is on the "other side" and defends himself is a terrorist. Now they call Palestinians terrorists. It doesn't matter what THEIR treatment of THEM is. But this hegemonic brainwashing has not stopped artist-cum-filmmaker Julian Schnabel. He kicks ass with his flick Miral, starring the gorgeous Freida Pinto. Schnabel tells the story of Palestine and the hell it has had to endure ever since Israel was created. He does not take a neutral position and, by portraying the Israeli homesteading, occupation, and resource grabbing, lays out a defense of the Intifada. He makes the movie I didn't think could be made in the the USA. Schnabel, who is Jewish descent, challenges his own culture, which is often uncritically pro-Isreal. Miral is based on Rula Jebreal's book by the same title. Big up to all the stars who made it out on opening night to support this gutsy production. Those stars include Robert De Niro, Dan Rather, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Chuck Close, Willem Dafoe, Zac Posen, Vanessa Redgrave, Dick Cavett, Josh Brolin, Candice Bergen, Sean Penn, Lee Daniels, Famke Janssen, Lotte Verbeek, Harvey Weinstein, and Steve Buscemi. (Bardel)
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Originally started by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a way to rejuvenate lower Manhattan after the the 9/11 debacle, the film festival is entering its 10th year.
“Stop being a coward, let yourself go -- stop trying to be perfect!”
yells Thomas Leroy, the lustful ballet director played by French actor
Vincent Cassell. He is speaking to Nina, the innocent dancer who is
trying to find her inner Black Swan.
In the Craig Tracy Gallery, which our reviewer
stumbled upon while strolling through the Royal Street arts corridor in
the French Quarter of New Orleans, we witness the work of an artist
reaching back to a more sincere time. A more natural, spiritual and
earthier human existence is presented to us. A time that exists perhaps
only in the Jungian memory, a time which was downright sexy.
(Review by Louis Bardel)
Beatnik Master and Bard Extraordinaire, Ginsberg traveled the world fighting for artistic freedom. In this frank and informative interview with Louis Bardel, Ginsberg reveals his concept of beauty, his position on drug use and paints a very clear picture of where he stood spiritually and politically.
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