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Beat Movie Guide

January 9th, 2013 · 28 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies

Beat Movie Guide (dramatizations, not documentaries)     With not one, not two, but three movies based on Jack Kerouac books coming out this year (2013) it makes sense to make sense of the world of cinematic dramatizations based on Beat works. Since real people are given different fictional names in every movie, for clarity […]

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“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere

December 24th, 2012 · 19 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales

“On The Road” Comes Home — The New York Premiere The day of the “On The Road” premiere in New York I was up at the NYPL trying to get through the doors of the hermetically sealed vault of the Berg Collection, home to a gazillion literary papers from Emerson to Shelley — but most […]

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Making better time On The Road

September 8th, 2012 · 37 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

Making better time On The Road So, I get to the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto at 7PM for a 9:00 show and there’s already a whole scene.  It’s the World Premiere of the new and forever “On The Road” — the first-ever screening of the director’s revised and final cut. There’s a line of black VIP […]

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On The Road to On The Road in London — Sex, Drugs & Jazz

August 17th, 2012 · 22 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, Movies, Real-life Adventure Tales

On The Road to On The Road Sex, Drugs & Jazz   A very abnormal thing happens — it’s post-movies Wednesday night when Carolyn & I normally part ways for our own offices and computers, but by fortune we met up in the kitchen and started talkin about the movie premiere tomorrow night, and I’m […]

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Festival Express

April 24th, 2011 · 12 Comments · Grateful Dead, Movies, Music

Here’s an article I wrote on the film Festival Express, published in Relix Magazine, April 2004. Drivin’ That Train . . .         The Festival Express Rolls Again After 30 Years by Brian Hassett   “That was the best time I’ve had in rock and roll,” said Jerry Garcia. “There were no straight people.” In the […]

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Brian’s “Hot 200” movie list

October 5th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Movies

This is a work-in-progress . . . but it’s a helluva good list of movies . . . Even if this list makes someone see just one great movie that they never have, it’s worth it. Brian’s Top Dozen Movies: (movies that are essentially perfect — every shot, every word, every scene, roughly speaking) Rear […]

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Fawlty Towers — a primer

April 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Movies

. It was written / created post Monty Python (1969-74), by John Cleese and his wife, Connie Booth.  He had an opportunity to do “something” for the BBC, so they came up with doing a grumpy hotel manager, which was based on a recent film shoot by the Pythons making Holy Grail or something in […]

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Lucky Numbers film review

February 27th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Movies

  film review:  Lucky Numbers (2000) Directed by Nora Ephron; starring John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Tim Roth, Ed O’Neil, Richard Schiff, Bill Pullman, Michael Rapaport, Michael Moore. First of all – this is made by Nora Ephron!  Heartburn!  Sleepless!  Her and Penny Marshall have to be the two best female filmmakers going – at least […]

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I’m Not There — “Tarantula” meets “Chronicles” in “Masked & Anonymous” prequel

March 3rd, 2009 · 11 Comments · Movies, Music

  I’m Not There — film review “Life is a crazy, dark circus.” FANTASTIC, inspired filmmaking. (I gotta look for more Todd Haynes.)  Maybe I was super-well prepared for it by this late date, but as it was, I could easily follow it, and it painted a brilliant million-dollar-picture. Obviously the unsuspecting could be caught off […]

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“Great Americans” Not Born In America

December 12th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Movies, Politics, Weird Things About Me

. It’s funny when some Americans talk about who is an American and who isn’t . . . It made me think of some commonly-perceived “Great Americans” who weren’t born here, like  . . . Christopher Columbus (Italian)  (“discovered” America, and for whom cities & holidays, and circles & squares are named after) William Penn […]

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