Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Assisted Living Facility

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A film by John Madden. We seem to have entered the age of Oldster Movies, and if Maggie Smith can just hang on this could go on for quite some time. We’ve had the First Exotic Marigold Hotel, the Second, and according to the trailers there’s an upcoming Maggie … Continue reading The Second Best Exotic Marigold Assisted Living Facility

Portrait of the Artist as a Bulldog

Mr. Turner. A film by Mike Leigh. There’s a lot not to like in Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic of the British artist J.M. W. Turner (Timothy Spall). The man is often gruff and uncommunicative. He is especially so with his housekeeper, Hannah Danby (Dorothy Atkinson), who obviously worships him and would do anything for … Continue reading Portrait of the Artist as a Bulldog

The Utopian Theology of Guy Davenport

The Jules Verne Steam Balloon, The Bicycle Rider, Wo es war, woll Ich warden, The Ringdove Sign.  Stories by Guy Davenport from The Death of Picasso: New and Selected Writing.  Shoemaker & Hoard.  379 pp.  $16.00. When I was a student at Duke University in the late Sixties, we sometimes got together to argue about … Continue reading The Utopian Theology of Guy Davenport