Boys & Toys

3AM Subway Stop

Teetering on a trail
Tottering with a toy
Spellbound by superstition
Jones-ing for some joy
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Small Town

The Last Picture Show

Before he set his sights on creating motion pictures specific to the era in which he grew up, Peter Bogdanovich was a film critic.  He must have adhered to that old saw about those who can’t do criticize.  His film commentaries seemed to make him a more dialed-in observer of the generation that grew up during the 1960s and 1970s.  As most learned cinephiles will recall, this period in American culture was extremely turbulent.  Wars were being waged against enemies no one could see.  The essential levers of finance and commerce were pretty much riddled with hidden gears and escape clauses.  And, it seems, protests were everywhere.

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Young & Old

Madadayo

Mase in 1998, when he was 83 years old, Madadayo was the last film by the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, who died in 1998.  And yet the very title of the film argued against death: Madadayo means “not yet!”  This is the ritual cry which the film’s old professor shouts out at the end of every one of his birthday parties.  It essentially means that although death will come an may be near, life still goes on.
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