The Edwood FilmFest is in full swing at the Spectrum 8 Theatres. Here's a story about the festival by Kathryn Lange, including a complete schedule. You have until Thursday to check out the microsode and short film programs, but tonight--Sunday--at 9:30 PM is the only chance you get to check out the Spotlight Filmmakers. So why not go?
Wolcott compares the acting in an excellent 1930s pre-code film (starring William Powell and Margaret Lindsay) shown on Turner Classic Movies with contemporary performances:
It's the straight-shooter delivery of early thirties Hollywood acting
that gives it its classical durability, even when the stars are playing
gangsters, molls, or surly bellhops. Contrast that with the flea circus
of tics, blink, stutters, and sputters escaping from the cast of ABC's Private Practice(the Grey's Anatomy spinoff). . . .
That "flea circus" style of acting makes any number of recent TV series (NYPD Blue) and movies (Monster) seem ridiculous.
Just because you are paranoid, the saying goes, doesn't mean they aren't after you. And if, like me, you can't help but give a second thought to the books you bring with you when you fly, your paranoia, unfortunately, has been spot on.
According to a Washington Postarticle, officials with DHS bristled at the accusation that it was routine to collect info on people's reading habits.
DHS officials said this week that the government is not interested in passengers' reading habits, that the program is transparent, and that it affords redress for travelers who are inappropriately stymied. "I flatly reject the premise that the department is interested in what travelers are reading," DHS spokesman Russ Knocke said. "We are completely uninterested in the latest Tom Clancy novel that the traveler may be reading."
Yet, as Identity Project's research appears to prove, TSA snoops routinely catalog the books passengers are reading. DHS' claims of disinterest in this information is wholly suspicious. Allowing for this sort of intrusion is not accidental. Entering the data has to physically occur, which requires labor. What employee anywhere would devote the time and energy to cataloging arbitrary information unless they were told to, or unless there exists an implicit understanding with management?
Let's not kid ourselves, snooping into the books we read ain't quaint. Books are an effective indication of a person's thoughts, interests, concerns, goals. You name it. I don't read Tom Clancy, and I imagine anyone who knows me isn't surprised by that. The books on your bookshelf speak volumes about you. Plus, books are able to keep alive very powerful ideas regardless of the idea's popularity within a social structure and can disseminate concepts that are very threatening to the status quo. Like Shawn Stone said, people would still be burning books if they actually knew what was in them.
It is why the PATRIOT Act authorized the examination of library records by federal agents. It is why 1984 is banned in North Korea; it is why Trotsky's Fascism or the collected writings of Subcomandante Marcos would raise the eyebrows of a low-level TSA snoop. Monitoring reading material, whether online or leather bound, is a useful method for totalitarian governments to track down the thought criminals. And considering we don't want to live in a totalitarian state, we should be pretty pissed off that whenever we fly we are vulnerable to this thuggish intrusion.
Tonight (Friday, Sept. 21), the fund-raising event Small Art, Big Heart will be held at the Capitol Grille (142 Washington Ave., Albany) from 7 to 10 PM. Local artists have donated works that are 11" x 16" (or smaller), with price tags of $200 or less each. Sales benefit the Starlight Starbright Foundation, which plans outings for terminally ill children. The artists who donated work include Bob Gullie, Michael Farrell, Chip Fasciana, Ingrid Staats, Tommy Watkins and Kevin Bruce--but there are many more, too.
It's an excellent cause, so, go out and buy some art, OK?
UPDATE:This show will be up through Oct. 21. So you can still buy some art for a good cause.