Crossing the bridge

Life runs in cycles, at least mine does. Times when everything goes according to plan – or better than plan. One good thing leads to another, even better thing. People are happy and productive. Ideas flow and the energy to implement them gushes like a fountain. It’s those times the song, “Walking on Sunshine” wasContinue reading “Crossing the bridge”

Homeward Bound

(Note You can click on any of the photos for a full-screen shot.) My life is full of so many journeys, most of which end up homeward bound after a time. Sometimes to a new home, usually to the home I’ve been away from for a while. Then there’s the bus trip home that IContinue reading “Homeward Bound”

The Bothersome Man

Director: Jens Lien Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvaag) stands alone waiting for a subway, blank faced and despondent. He tries to ignore a couple dispassionately French kissing, but their slurping and grunting fills his head until it is ready to explode, until it is blissfully drowned by an approaching train. He jumps. Suddenly Andreas is theContinue reading “The Bothersome Man”

Pan’s Labyrinth

It’s 1944, five years after the end of  Spanish Civil. The close of WWII in Europe is at hand. Ten year old Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) and her heavily pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) travel to a remote fascist outpost in the Spanish forest, where they will join her new husband, Capitán Vidal (Sergi López). AContinue reading “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Donnie Darko

When it was released, I described Donnie Darko as David Lynch for teenagers, and then 26 year old writer-director Richard Kelly is Lynch-in-training. That was in 2001. And while Kelly appears to have been a one-hit wonder, his debut feature continues to amaze and delight – a magic realism horror ride, moody and resplendent withContinue reading “Donnie Darko”

Planning for New York on the Cheap

I’ll be leaving for New York in just a few days now. Hard to believe it’s already here! When I booked the tickets back in January, it seemed like March was an aeon away. But I’m leaving Thursday night New Zealand time. It’s a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, but I will be arriving inContinue reading “Planning for New York on the Cheap”

6 little thoughts

Math joke: What comes before 10?  The postie. A woman’s complaint:  My sweeper is so weak it wouldn’t suck a maggot off a chop. The master penis operates the TV monitor, CD player, DVD player, radio, and surround sound.  When I hold the master penis in my hand, I am holding something borrowed. I neededContinue reading “6 little thoughts”