Latest News:

Mar

7

2018

-- How to order the steps of a huge creative project

-- 90s Los Angeles hip-hop that I first became aware of in the documentary This is the Life

-- Telephone poles thanks to the work of Eula Biss

-- Having enough time. 

 



Mar

5

2018

-- When we will start seeing meaningful change in Hollywood and the kinds of movies that get made thanks to #metoo, and #timesup

 

-- If the likes of Jordan Peele, Saorsie Ronan, Greta Gerwig, Lupita Nyongo Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani form a kind of "next Generation" of movie makers and cinematic movers and shakers. 

 

-- Immigration will begin to seem like a solvable problem if we fund the system of enforcement and processing adequately. You don't get Cadillac results with Pino parts under the hood. 

-- What does being "stuck" creatively actually mean? Like neurologically speaking? 



Mar

4

2018

--- Will tonight's Oscar winners make a real difference with regards to #MeToo, #TimesUp and Hollywood in general as a regressive, culturally stuck place to work and make art?

 

-- Are there different conceptions of "the weekend" in other parts of the world? 

 

-- Where do hardworking people who also do political and social activism find the time? 

 

-- Is difficulty in doing the thing you are best at part of a the game or what they call in sports, a slump? 

 

 



Jan

27

2018

"When we offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains." -- Ursula Le Guin



Jan

11

2018

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(Trailer)

Biopic documentary of the world's best known filmmaker than, to its credit manages to keep his body of work organized without marching like toy soldiers from past to present and includes criticism of his work while ultimately being complimentary. Made me want to watch more Spielberg movies again which is saying something because "more Spielberg" can feel like saying "I need more coca cola to drink."

Available on HBO Go



Jan

11

2018

To explain: 

READING TRI-LATERALLY:

Lately I've been trying to read more than one book at a time, picking them up depending on my mood. And while my problem in the past has been losing track of what characters, which story, belonged where, this time it's been working. Also, I don't get confused if, among those multiple books, one is a novel, the other nonfiction, the third a poetry collection and so forth.

This means you may feel like you're never going to finish a book and get to some future read you've been dying to get to. But what ends up happening is you finish your three books all about the same time, which then feels like your birthday because you get to restock three books at once. 

Try it!



Jan

5

2018



Jan

4

2018

Welcome to the The Smokler 50: 2017 Edition.

The idea: 50 songs I heard for the first time this year. Doesn't have to be new just new to me.

How to: Best if you listen in order as they are sequenced in a certain way. If you don't like a song, skip it.

The point:  Discover 3 songs you now like that you didn't know before listening. If you listen and say "wow, you like a lot of different types of music!" I have succeeded. If you say "Wow you like 70s Irish punk" or something like that, I have failed.

Enjoy!

The playlist is also available on Youtube

 

 

 



Jan

2

2018

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(Trailer)

Documentary about two African-American boys who both go to the elite Dalton school in New York. Filmed by one set of parents which is remarkable given these parents are an attorney and psychiatrist not filmmakers.

Because of this, there's probably a bit too much focus on one kid and not the other and not enough on their friendship which how the film is advertised. Given that, there's still an enormous achievement here, filming two American kinds practically their entire young lives and turning into a coherent, moving narrative. Important questions here about how black boys are educated, how they fit in or don't and why. Really sad scene where one of the kids tries to hail a cab and can't and his friend says "Welcome to being a young black man in New York City." 

See it: On Netflix DVD or iTunes



Dec

29

2017

Made list of them on Letterbxd. Are we friends on Letterbxd?