The Catcher In The Rye (J D Salinger)

book cover(This post is dedicated to Holden Caulfield. Within these pages is the story he wrote. Can you dig it?) A tale about two days in the life of a recently expelled sixteen year old youth. Not wanting to face the wrath of his parents, he decides to avoid home for a few days (until he’s expected back), living on his own in the city. The premise is merely a foundation for his simplistic views and disintegrating reasoning process. He considers everyone around him to be fake and undeserving of his time, yet it is obvious that Holden is just as`phony’ as the rest of them. He goes on dates, gets trashed in bars, sneaks off to visit his sister, imposes (or does he?) on a former teacher and even has a run in with a pimp. What a boring little bastard! [Read more…]

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La Notte (1961 Italy/ France)

notte2This film was a product of a time and a place and a sensibility that is now long gone. But be that as it may, this is an excellent film about a married couple who have fallen out of love. OK, no one will be viewing this looking for escapist entertainment. Can anyone imagine someone making a picture like this these days? Michelangelo Antonioni was definitely firing on all cylinders of cinematic refinement in the early 60s. [Read more…]

THE PUMPKIN EATER (1964 Britain)

200_sMany people have addictions. But Jo Armitage has an unusual one: reproducing. She’s as pregnant as often as she can be. This is her balm to get through the hell that is her life. The slightly soapy plot is treated for the most part as serious drama, but does have its satirical aspects. This is the chic angst of the wealthy rebelling against themselves. [Read more…]

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