“A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.”
- Terry Gilliam
Here’s what I see around me, in the city and the culture: food carts, 20-somethings selling wallets made from recycled plastic bags, boutique pickle companies, techie start-ups, Kickstarter, urban-farming supply stores and bottled water that wants to save the planet.
Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms.
This is what Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter of the Oscar winning film Milk had to say when accepting his Oscar for best screenplay - But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, or by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.’
Here is an excerpt that Woody Allen gave in the NY Times on the day Ingmar Bergman, his film hero, died: When Bergman emerged in the New York art houses as a great filmmaker, I was a young comedy writer and nightclub comic. Can one’s work be influenced by Groucho Marx and Ingmar Bergman? But I did manage to absorb one thing from him, a thing not dependent on genius or even talent but something that can actually be learned and developed. I am talking about what is often very loosely called a work ethic but is really plain discipline.
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Plastic Pollution Coalition
The Environmental Working Group
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A keen motorcyclist since his youth, Ewan McGregor undertook a marathon international motorcycle trip with his best friend Charlie Boorman in 2004. They traveled from London to New York via central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Canada, for a cumulative distance of 22,345 miles. Ewan’s 3rd trip in the “Long Way” series is planned for 2011 in South Africa.
The great Joe Louis past away yesterday. His bouts with Muhammad Ali will forever be a part of popular lexicon. The Leon Gast documentary, When We Were Kings, features interviews with Joe Louis as he reflects on another famous fight between two of his most infamous foes, Mohammed Ali and George Foreman. Though almost all of the footage in this documentary was shot by Gast in 1974, it took 23 years to complete. The reason: The Liberians, who financed the movie’s making, held the negatives and rights to the film.