Friday, March 30, 2012

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


I saw the movie 'Hugo' for the second time today which is directed by Martin Scorsese & based on the children's book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I often like to see outstanding movies more then once, so I can look more into the background instead of just trying to follow the storyline. The amazing irony for me is that here is a modern day 3D movie extravaganza made with millions of dollars & special effects, that explores the FIRST movies ever made, in black & white, without sound, that were then hand tinted, frame by frame. To me, watching how these movies were made is even MORE fascinating then the movie Hugo is in itself!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Innocence Returns

It's interesting to me how the soft underbelly of those we love comes forth most profoundly in their birth & then in their passing.

I stood by my father's hospital bed the other night after our 'last' meal together of salmon, baked potato, green beans & fruit crisp, which he had gobbled down with gusto. He then motioned for me to lean down closer & closer until he could peck me on the cheek. I then kissed him on his head & he thanked me, as he had thanked Moe, the big black guy who turned him like a steak & the nurses who shifted his pillows or brought him ice. Chivalry until the end.

For all intents & purposes my father is mostly gone now, even as he lays in twilight in a nursing home on morphine drip. I wish he didn't have to lose his faculties or experience the shutting down of time & space & his organs. Somehow a head on instant car crash feels more humane. I don't want to make the drive again tomorrow to witness a disappearing shriveled shell that is no longer him, although at the same time I wish I was there holding his hand right now so he was not braving this journey alone.

I believe his soul is slowly arching away from the constraints of earthly plane. How strange though it seems that one so wearily encased can rally for that final flight! God Speed, Daddy Dear xo

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

PINA ~ A MUST SEE Documentary

Directed by Wim Wenders
Featuring the Pina Bausch Dancers  
View the Trailer:  
Rated PG, 103 min.

'The mesmerizing Pina is about the work & life of Pina Bausch, which for her, was one & the same.' She reined as the artistic director of Tanztheater Wuppertal & 5 DAYS after her cancer diagnosis, died in 2009 at the age of 66. 'This demanded a unique solution for every documentarian's worst fear: the sudden death of your subject. Her death halted production for a time, but at the insistence of her ensemble, Wenders went ahead with a new structure', which is TRULY a lovely & profound LOVE LETTER to Pina.

Her dancers are a 'street normal' looking & dressing cross section of global movement magicians;  taking the dance outdoors makes for a fascinating juxtaposition of the urban & the body landscape is a wonder to behold as the dancers perform in & around a Northern German industrial town.

I am interested in what seemed to be her philosophy that a choreographer FACILITATES the creative process, not by hijacking the dancer's expression in HER OWN time & space, but instead through instilling a scaffolded empowerment structure within the individual & groups OWN breathing boundaries.

'Among other honors Pina is receiving posthumously is a first time German nominated documentary in the 2011 Oscar foreign-language category.' (By Marsha McCreadie & edited/added to by Diane Porter)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gabe's Robot