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NE Odyssey Day 3: MoCA, the Clark, and Vermont

When Foley tells me to do something, I do it. It’s sort of like my equivalent of believing everything I read. Now I had planned to go to Mass MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, anyway, just because it kind of sounded like my thing and I had just spent time with my friend […]

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I owe you

Dear Ones, The trip remains Lovely and Amazing. My resolve to post daily remains true. However, I did not commit to daily quality or quantify. I shall give you more tomorrow. Promise.

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NE Odyssey Day 3

Amending this post. Yes, this was my breakfast. It was made by Kurt, the wonderful innkeeper at the Topia Inn. We totally picked his brain. The Topia was begun by two artists who bought a space to create a theater in Adams, MA, which really doesn’t have a whole lot else. In the process of renovating […]

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NE Odyssey Day 2: In Which We Drive Through the Berkshires

Steve and I woke up early. Well, to be truthful, he woke up at 6, which is something he does, and I wanted to sleep in late and was very cranky when roused at 7:40. But there was work to be done! We headed up the street to catch the farmers market at Hartford’s Town […]

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Me and My Guy: The New England Odyssey Begins

So the epic journey started a little rough. The ride to the airport was a few minutes late (couldn’t find the condo). Then we hit traffic. Then we got to the gate; I had a seat, but Steve was on stand-by. “I’m not getting on,” he said. “Yes, you will.” And so on and so on, […]

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Breaking So-so: Sex with Strangers

It’s appropriate that the image above—the publicity shot for Sex with Strangers—is so heavily Photoshopped. That’s about as real as the play gets. As for the chemistry between the two very good actors in it, well, that’s also about what you get: Posed, pretty, and less compelling than your average perfume ad. The actors are of course […]

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Punks and Prayers: #Cinetopia14

Anyone who came of age in the late 70s and early 80s should appreciate the neo-punk prowess on view in Buzzard, the second feature from the very talented West Michigan Joel Potrykus. The glorious rubber face above belongs to Joshua Burge, who dominates this minimalist jaunt through the life of an inept con artist. I […]

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Bad Hair Is Beautiful #Cinteopia14

The best movie I saw at Cinetopia 13 was 180 Seconds from Colombia. The best one so far (and in 1982, it had some stiff competition) is Pelo malo (Bad Hair) from Venezuela. That preternaturally beautiful kid is Samuel Lange Zambrano; his mom calls him variously “the black kid” and “the fag” (the subtitles politely […]

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Rich Hill #Cinetopia14

That’s Tim (I think), the cute one among the three kids followed in Rich Hill, the first feature-length doc from Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos; their imdb bio info is fairly slim, so I’m not sure how the Droz links them. They’ve teamed to make a powerful movie with some gorgeous, lyrical sequences right […]

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Review: Tommy Oliver’s 1982 at #Cinetopia14

I don’t typically see coming-of-age stories; I don’t wanna see another kid get all wistful because he gets his heart broken while he works some crappy job or his parents divorce or he goes away to summer camp to become A MAN. Tommy Oliver’s first feature, 1982, didn’t threaten to do any of those things, […]

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