Jul 082018
 

The Templo de la Concepción in San Miguel de Allende is a dirty and battered little church nudged up against an old convent that’s been converted to an art school. The convent’s courtyard has comfortable chairs and avocado trees heavy with fruit.  We read there most of a morning. The church though is a dreary spot.

Or would be if not for the shade tree that stands just beyond the thick wooden doors. People gather beneath it when the sun beats down, and that tree, reaching up around them, rings with the divine.

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Jun 282018
 

Scientists have discovered a new method for chatting live and in 3D. It’s called drinking coffee with someone!

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May 202018
 

It’s spring at last, and walking through Saint-Lambert last week, I saw a lawn that was all flower and no grass. This seemed perfect.

 May 20, 2018  Moments
Mar 042018
 

I meant to do this earlier in the week, but never had a chance. So in a rush, here’s my Oscar ballot (not predictions). In other words, these are what I’d vote for.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, Call Me by Your Name

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

SAM ROCKWELL, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

FRANCES MCDORMAND, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

LAURIE METCALF, Lady Bird

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

—No Vote—

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BLADE RUNNER 2049, Roger A. Deakins

COSTUME DESIGN

PHANTOM THREAD, Mark Bridges

DIRECTING

PHANTOM THREAD, Paul Thomas Anderson

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

—No Vote—

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

—No Vote—

FILM EDITING

BABY DRIVER, Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE SQUARE, Sweden

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

—No Vote—

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

PHANTOM THREAD, Jonny Greenwood

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

MYSTERY OF LOVE, from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens

BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

—No Vote—

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

—No Vote—

SOUND EDITING

—No Vote—

SOUND MIXING

—No Vote—

VISUAL EFFECTS

BLADE RUNNER 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Screenplay by James Ivory

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

LADY BIRD, Written by Greta Gerwig 

 

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Feb 222018
 

Imagine:

Blue lines and mottled yellow planes,
A horned block of red capped in brown,
Framing the pale face and rouged cheeks
Of a boy. He stands still and blank,
Eyes unfocused, hand perched on hip, posed
Yet not posturing, neither there nor still
By choice. He waits for sitting’s end,
Running already, free and laughing
With friends across plains of yellow grass.

 


Image: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 – 1906 ), Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

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