Last night I watched MY DARLING CLEMENTINE twice – in a row!!! It was that spectacular!!!! The film, like all Ford’s iconic westerns, is peopled with men who look like they have spent decades cow-punching, gamblin’, whorin’ and dreamin’ – or damning. The brutal Walter Brennan (“Born in Lynn, you know,” the ol Injun Fighter used to tell me whenever we watched a movie with Walter Brennan in it. The OIF was born and bred in Lynn, too.), the dreamy yet tough as leather Henry Fonda, the gorgeous Victor Mature looking sooo sexy despite dying of TB!
The film’s theme song may be a tad corny, but the film’s content, dialog, ideas, actors are not. So lean and flinty and terse are these Ford characters. Feelings are suppressed but only because they are so powerful! I wanna write like John Ford shoots movies!
The film was restored by the experts at the UCLA Film Department and the Museum of Modern Art; they treated CLEMENTINE like the work of art it is. CLEMENTINE looks like a gorgeous tinted photograph with the lines of the men’s faces chiseled out, the thunder clouds heavy, black and foreboding, the galloping horses glistening in their sweat, the earth turning to dust as wagon wheels rip across it. THE SEARCHERS has been my favorite Ford movie for years. Now I think it may be supplanted by MY DARLING CLEMENTINE. – R. Tirella A great scene!
Worcester Technical High School two weeks before the MCAS, as they have done the past two years, brought in a motivational speaker to talk to the students. The event was held at the Hanover Theater in Worcester and the entire school was bused to the event.
This year’s speaker was Erin Gruwell, a former teacher, who has the distinction of having a movie made about her making a difference in the lives of her students. The movie is entitled, The Freedom Writers. A week before Ms. Gruwell’s presentation the students had the opportunity to watch the movie and discuss it with their teachers.
Erin Gruwell, a most dynamic speaker with an outgoing personality, had the students’ attention within a minute. She spoke about her first day at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California for as a recent college graduate she landed her first job in Room 203, only to discover many of her students had been written off by the education system and deemed “unteachable.” Her students lived in a racially divided urban community; they were already hardened by first-hand exposure to gang violence, juvenile detention, and drugs. Continue reading Freedom Writer teacher speaks to students at Worcester Tech High School→
To Dianne Williamson, nasty, vindictive, mean, phony hack:
Dear Dianne, you wrote a column about me. Here’s where YOU screwed up:
* You say I plagiarized your column about Worcester Fire Department Frank DiLiddo being in a porn flick. Dianne, I got the “news” from you – the fact that a City of Worcester employee – a firefighter (a person the community usually holds to far higher standards than – say, a T & G columnist – was in a porn movie. Then I opined about that FACT – the fact that a city firefighter was in a movie which you described quite graphically. You wrote about: DeLiddo with his trousers down, sitting in a chair, and a gal blowing him, giving readers a “blow by blow” description of the sex act.
I wrote how I felt about the movie. That is not stealing your stuff. This is plagiarism: Remember when your colleague, Telegram and Gazette sports writer/reporter Ken Powers, copied several paragraphs from a sports story in another publication and then used his handy dandy computer mouse to paste the paragraphs the other writer wrote INTO his story? That’s plagiarism! Powers made it look like he was the real author of those paragraphs. The Telegram and Gazette fired him. This, my dear, is plagiarism. Continue reading Telegram and Gazette “hack,” Dianne Williamson, needs to get HER facts straight!→
This weekend over a thousand homes across America will be hosting viewing parties of my latest film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” I’d like to invite you to be part of this great shared event. And I will be there live, over the phone, at many of them to talk to you and take your questions.
MoveOn.org is launching a huge new campaign to take back democracy from the corporations and lobbyists. And I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to kick it off by bringing people together to watch my film.
Here’s all you have to do to become an official host of a “Capitalism” House Party or attend an existing one:
For two months, we’ve sat and watched the rabid right achieve the unimaginable: Derail universal health care and send the Democrats in Congress running for cover. Many have asked, “How did this happen? How could a small minority of angry people control the public agenda? Where is the majority’s response? Why the silence?”
I don’t have the answers to all these questions. But I do know this: I’ve had enough. As far as I’m concerned, Tea Bag Nation ends today — at noon to be precise. For that’s when I set loose, on a thousand screens across this great land, a movie I’ve made that’s so relentless, so dangerous, so damning in its humor, that it will — I can only hope — do what no movie has done before: Take them down, take them all down, once and for all. Continue reading “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens today in Worcester!→
Nothing like it has ever happened. The President of the United States, the elected representative of the people, has told the head of General Motors — a company that’s spent more years at #1 on the Fortune 500 list than anyone else — “You’re fired!”
I simply can’t believe it. This stunning, unprecedented action has left me speechless. I keep saying, “Did Obama really fire the chairman of General Motors? The wealthiest and most powerful corporation of the 20th century? Can he do that? Really? Well, damn! What else can he do?!”
This bold move has sent the heads of corporate America spinning and spewing pea soup. Obama has issued this edict: The government of, by, and for the people is in charge here, not big business. John McCain got it. On the floor of the Senate he asked, “What does this signal send to other corporations and financial institutions about whether the federal government will fire them as well?” Continue reading “We the People” to “King of the World”: “YOU’RE FIRED!”→
“Cautiva” (captured) is a compelling Argentinean movie that explores a part of the sordid past history of a brutal military government that ruled Argentina from the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. The merciless gangsters of Argentina, like so many brutal dictatorships, were commonplace in Latin America and had what I consider to be a most insidious way of placating supporters of the military and police who wanted a child, but were unable to conceive one. – Want a baby? No problem – we will just go out and kidnap a pregnant woman, steal her newborn, and away you go!
Christina, the heroine of the story, is now 19 years old and learns by scientific proof that her adopted parents had lied to her about her original adoption and that her real parents disappeared, victims of this incomprehensible crime.