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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ShortFest - y'all come, ya hear

ShortFest returns to Palm Springs, June 21-27, 2011. This a a don't miss event, way fun and entertaining. The price is right, the hotels are dealing, and it is not yet the blistering heat of summer. All of the films are screened at one theater complex, The Camelot, and what makes this festival so great is that the filmmakers all show up. They are an exhuberant and creative group, so the theaters are full of energy and appreciation. Hope to see you there.

It's Movie Time

Ok, Cannes is over and the usual heavies have become known:

The Tree of Life
The Artist
We Need To Talk About Kevin

and not so heavy, but Euro-worthy: Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris

We'll probably see them all, but in the general release summer fair, we hope the trailers are indicative of some future fun:

Cars 2
The Zookeeper
The Muppets Movie
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Smurfs
Rejoice and Shout

and, of course, Harry Potter 8

For you Netflix fans, there are some great releases:

Blue Valentine
The Best of Ernie Kovacs
Casino Jack
Like Dandelion Dust
Rabbit Hole
I Love You Phillip Morris
Waiting For Superman
Kabei: Our Mother
Patrik, Age 1.5
Another Year

Friday, May 13, 2011

Life Happens

When did it happen,
that all my friends got old?
Not all of them, but most.

When was it, exactly,
that running became impossible?
And, recently, walking sort of hurts.

When were the years
that my parents died?
I think I’ve now outlived them.

When did we stop traveling,
was it after that long September?
Maybe we live now where we used to go.

When was it, I wonder,
that bananas lost their flavor?
Though I think, lately, they found it.

When was it, at which point,
that I started looking back,
trying to remember?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I am happy that I live
in a place where
the rescue of ducklings
from a storm drain
received the same headline as
the burial at sea of
a mass murderer.