Monthly Archives: February 2018

Clint to a T

The 15:17 to Paris a film by Clint Eastwood.  With Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer.  *** This review will be loaded with spoilers, but the event which inspired it was well-publicized when it happened, and has been spoken of plenty in the publicity for the movie.  The three men who … Continue reading Clint to a T

The Deep Blue

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.  Scribner.  438 pp.  ***1/2 I was wildly enthusiastic about Jennifer Egan’s previous novel, A Visit from the Good Squad.  That book was aesthetically stunning, every chapter from a different point of view, a narrative that was wildly distorted in time, a set of characters that only vaguely related to one … Continue reading The Deep Blue

Unlikely Hero

Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom: Three Fascicles from Shobogenzo with Commentaries by Kosho Uchiyama.  Translated by Daitsu Tom Wright and Shohaku Okumura.  Wisdom Publications.  318 pp. Last week at our temple a priest gave a talk about Kodo Sawaki’s famous remark “Zazen is good for nothing,” which is startling the first time you hear it.  We … Continue reading Unlikely Hero

Sex in Heaven

Call Me By Your Name a film by Luca Guadagnino.  With Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar. ****1/2 First the things I don’t like: Everybody is so good looking.  They’re all so intelligent, and talented.  This is the kind of movie where people are lying around their Italian villa in the sun, not … Continue reading Sex in Heaven