Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

Here it is, for those old enough to remember, and for as long at it lasts:

"Little Todd Lubitch, the child who has never felt his parents' touch except for the walls of his plastic bubble, and who may not for years to come, is finally coming home for the first time today."

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

"My mother used to make coffee this way. Hot, strong and good."

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"All work and no play ..."

The scene in Stanley Kurick's The Shining (1980), where Jack Nicholson's character (in the grips of cabin fever? delusion? possession?), is throwing a tennis ball against the lobby wall. I returned to this scene yesterday and noticed that "the wall" is actually a mural, and that it looks to be of indigenous North American origin. Sure enough, it is. But not of anyone associated with the area where the film is set (the Colorado Rockies), but the Navajo. A Navajo sand painting, in fact.

A detailed discussion of The Shining and its relationship to indigenous North American culture can be found at Rob Ager's Collative Learning site.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

On Kingsway

Did a double-take when I saw this. Gotham charges $82.50 for its version of surf and turf (steak and lobster).