The Purpose of this Blog...

Originally, it was "To watch all the important films in World Cinema and write something intelligent in response."

It was an ambitious goal, and I was making some progress. I have slowed down considerably. This is still meant to be a blog of poetry about film. I may add some trivia or prose. I just added a poem about a cable series. It is an evolving project.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

WALKING DEAD - tv series from the American Movie Channel


In NYC, lots of infrastructure
already looks abandonned.
It's not hard to imagine
the zombie apocalypse
envisioned on so many channels--

But the apocolypse
comes quickly, so there is actually
less time for rot and decay;
Things will still be shiny.

However I go, however I die,
let me lie down first
and look at the sky.

That's all I want
it's all I ask
a simple request.


From Wikipedia:
The Walking Dead is an American television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.

The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010 on the cable television channel AMC in the United States.[Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season, which began airing on October 14, 2012.

Thursday, October 4, 2012





Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (original title)
Director: Werner Herzog



Rain that is
not rain
is not rain.

An arrow that is
not an arrow
can kill you.

A ship that is not
a ship
is actually a ship

adrift in a tall tree.

A bible is
the words of God
but does not speak.

Malaria and enemies
unseen, destroy
from without

and from within
all but Aguirre:
A horror film.




Welcome to my first attempts to add MOVIE TRIVIA.

Quote from the film: Don Lope de Aguirre: "That man is a head taller than me. That may change."

Using minimalist story and dialogue, the story of Aguirre, the Wrath of God follows Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Amazon River in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. Some of the people and situations may have been inspired by Gaspar de Carvajal's account of an Amazonian expedition, but it is mostly a work of imagination and improvisation.

Aguirre was the first of five collaborations between Herzog and the volatile Kinski. The director and the actor clashed throughout the film. Kinski's tantrums terrorized both the crew and the natives.The production was shot entirely on location and was fraught with difficulties. Filming took place in the Peruvian rainforest and on the Amazon River during an arduous five-week period. Cast and crew climbed mountains, cut through jungle and rode treacherous river rapids on rafts.

Aguirre opened to widespread critical acclaim, and quickly developed a large international cult film following. It was given an extensive arthouse theatrical release in the United States in 1977, and remains one of the director's best known films. Several critics have declared the film a masterpiece, and it has appeared on Time magazine's list of "All Time 100 Best Films".
The film was made for US$370,000, on a stolen 35 mm camera, with one-third of the budget paying for Kinski's salary.[

Thursday, May 24, 2012


 Director: Lars von Trier;  Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland
If Tarkovsky
made a chick-flik
this would be it