Criterion First Watches, August 2019 (Updating)

The Love Witch Lick the Star Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Volver The Skin I Live In Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! The Passion of Joan of Arc Bad Education Dance, Girl, Dance Yi Yi xx JB

Spring/Summer 2019 Theater Wrap-Up

Alice By Heart A bit of a chaotic mess, but a really fertile one, featuring several wonderful songs, an appealing premise, great choreography and some of the very best performances I’ve seen this year. All My Sons Strong, thoughtful play, decent performances. Nothing groundbreaking or especially interesting. Betrayal Terrific. Zawe Ashton is the business. Burn…

Top 10: Movies of 2019* (So Far)

10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. *Excluding films that have been released in 2019 but that I saw on the festival circuit in 2018 (Sorry, Angel, Ash Is Purest White, etc.). xx JB

You can only go with loves in this life.

In honor of his birthday today, a brief tribute to one of the first, and still one of the greatest, loves of my young literary life, the brilliant and kind, late and great Ray Bradbury, from who I’ve learned a lot about living and a lot about writing and a little something about love as…