Sep 062021
1826 First photograph ever taken

View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. Captured on 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen. The bitumen photograph plate The photo was made with an 8 hour exposure in a camera oscura on photosensitive bitumen. The photo is developed by washing away [...]

Jun 032021
21 frames from WHEN THEY SEE US

In her 4-part mini-series When They See Us, director Ava DuVernay details the arrest, trial, incarceration and post-prison release of five young teenagers who were framed by the prosecutor and police, and the heart-wrenching impact of this scandalous injustice on their lives and their families’ lives. The compelling humanity of DuVernay’s five intimate stories is [...]

Apr 202014
Pasolini Easter

Images from the the last 4 minutes of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 masterpiece “The Gospel According to Saint Matthew”. The sequence starts with the descent of Christ’s body from the cross, his burial, & the subsequent visit to an empty tomb. The film ends with Jesus telling the disciples that he will always be with [...]

Jul 282013
THE LOVELY BONES by Peter Jackson

I finally saw this superb 2009 film by Peter Jackson. The Lovely Bones combines the thriller, fantasy and coming-of-age genres in a unique tapestry of teenage memories and glimpses of an afterlife full of darkness and light. Saoirse Ronan is powerful as the heroine Susie Salmon, and Stanley Tucci plays a deeply disturbing bad guy. [...]