Archive for December 2nd, 2009



by Sam Juliano

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death

                -John Keats to Fanny Brawne, 1819, Hampstead, England

     Over a period of a few weeks in 1819, John Keats composed three of the most famous poems in all of English literature, Ode to a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale and Ode to Melancholy, and many literary scholars now consider him the greatest poet in the English language after Shakespeare, despite the fact that he lived only into his twenty-fifth year.  Yet during his short life Keats, who was born in London in 1795, received little acclaim, and wasn’t recognized as a great figure until decades after his death. (more…)

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(USA 1998 96m) DVD1/2

In case I don’t see ya…

p  Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S.Feldman, Adam Schroeder  d  Peter Weir  w  Andrew Niccol  ph  Peter Biziou  ed  William Anderson, Lee Smith  m  Burkhard Dallwitz, Philip Glass, Wojciech Kilar  art  Dennis Gassner, Richard L.Johnson  cos  Marilyn Matthews  spc  Michael J.McAllister, Larz Anderson, Craig Barron

Jim Carrey (Truman Burbank), Laura Linney (Meryl), Noah Emmerich (Marlon), Ed Harris (Christof), Natascha McElhone (Lauren/Sylvia), Holland Taylor (Truman’s mother), Brian Delate (Kirk Burbank), Paul Giamatti (Simeon), Blair Slater (young Truman), Harry Shearer (Mike Michaelson), Philip Baker Hall, O-Lan Jones,

If they handed out prizes for originality at award ceremonies, surely Peter Weir’s brilliant satirical fantasy cum Kafkaesque nightmare would have won in 1998, and probably for its decade.  It would also prove to be a revelation to those who saw Jim Carrey as just a rubber faced comedian and to those who thought that true originality had long since disappeared from the cinema.  All assumptions are fatal, even that your life is your own. 

            Truman Burbank is a seemingly happy 30 year old, with a loving wife, a long standing best friend and a fear of water, following the death of his father in a boat accident when he was a boy.  But what Truman doesn’t know is that his father didn’t die because it was all faked as part of his fake life.  A life that is being broadcast 24/7 to an audience of millions from within a cocoon of a giant studio enclosing the fictional town of Seahaven.  But then he thinks he sees his dead father as a hobo on the streets… (more…)

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