Confederate General Thomas “Stonewell” Jackson stands on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol

Dear Reader,

Recently speakers at the Republican National Convention voiced their opinions and platforms on why you — the voter — should vote for the re-election of Donald Trump. …

Setsuko Hara (the lone woman) and Yasujirō Ozu (hands on his hips in the white hat behind Hara) on the set of TOKYO STORY, their third movie together

Late Spring is a revolutionary film.

Its director, sometimes referred to as the “most Japanese director of all time”, and star are both Japanese icons, though the duo are rarely viewed as a revolutionary combination. Yet, Late Spring was made during a period in Japan’s history after World War II…

The Simpson family

The Simpsons — among the few shows that is heralded as the greatest show ever — is nearing 700 total episodes and 32 years on television.

That’s insane. For years, the show was hard to stream fully. Within the last five years, Simpsonsworld — thanks to a rights deal with…

Pete Seeger was a musician with a dream.

On his way back from serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, his eyes gleamed brightly and his mind raced with an uplifting idea. A stronger and more mature singer and leader than he was before the war, Seeger planned…

Dylan performing in 1962 (from Guitar.com)

For me, all roads lead to and from Bob Dylan.

The White Stripes cover him; Jimi Hendrix cover him; Pete Seeger cover him.

Those three artists are among my favorite bands and musicians, as well as being among the many acts who have covered a Bob Dylan song. The musical…

In 2010, I was in high school — two years until from graduation. Today, I have completed 6 years of college and have two degrees. A decade really is a loooooong amount of time.

At the start of this decade, I was an average film-goer. I saw the big name…

Lauren, myself and I with Opa

As kids on Saturday afternoons, my sisters, Lauren and Grace, and I trekked with our dad to Oma’s (German for grandmother) to hangout and have dinner. I always enjoyed the 40 minute drive from our house to Oma’s, sprawling through Chicago’s southwest suburbs to its north suburbs. Once there, we…

Greta Garbo ‘Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise’ by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1931

Despite her ailing body and her elderly age, Greta Gustafsson loved to walk. The location — upstate New York, admist the villages in the Swiss Alps or her place of birth of Sweden — never mattered; she found herself happiest during her daily walks. And, despite whatever the temperature might…

About half-way through Spider-Man: Far From Home — the latest (and greatest?) from Marvel Studios — Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Quentin Beck (Jack Gyllenhaal) are sitting at a bar and taking it easy after defeating a lava monster known as an “elemental”. Their small talk is followed by Parker’s…

Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart in “In a Lonely Place”

Film noirs are known for their dark explorations of human nature. Some of that darkness is overblown for dramatic effect; some of it feels as real as life itself. In a Lonely Place (currently streaming on the Criterion Channel) is a prime example of a dark noir. The film digs…

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