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wSaturday, December 04, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Benevolence

After 65 years I see beneath the surfaces
beyond hope & despair
to the compassionate emptiness
of everything
that isn't there

After a year of living hellishly
hideous living through chemistry
we are back
Judy and I returning
for a birthday party.

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TDA 25 -- I had some good energy and mood in the afternoon, it was a definite experience of recovery. In the evening I got a bit feverish and my skin irritations (chemo side effects) acted up and were annoying. The post chemo period is like an old Brooklyn playground see-saw -going up and down, up and down. My 65th Birthday Party is today and some of my pals are coming in from out of town. At my 64th I knew that I was facing a year of chemo suffering but I also knew that by the 65th it would be over and Judy and I would celebrate and that's just what we are going to do.

We saw Soho Square, a Sundance low budget indy flick made for less than the cost of a very cheap car. It's about a cop hunting down a crazed pyro serial killer who loves to light up his victims. The cops late wife is allegedly one of these unfortunate dead. Unfortunately the narrative is presented in a choppy and at times confusing fashion, the dialog goes on and on and the repeating facial close ups continue forever. But Soho Square holds your interest because at times the chaos comes across as compellingly dreamlike and the cop's functioning on the borderline of madness is presented in a highly persuasive fashion.





posted by stew at 9:55 AM


wFriday, December 03, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Slouching Beasts

The center of hope
cannot hold
when it doesn't exist,
where is the lost vision
of a something better
utopian civilization?

Reason in reverse
becoming paranoid nightmares
of hope
burned at the stake.

Democracy on the march
in jack boots
doesn't count.

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TDA 24 -- Being in the Purgatory of post chemo treatment but still feeling chemicals and their effect presents confusing difficulties for your sense of identity. Heaven and Hell are obvious. You either feel great or horrible and you know the difference. You know who and where you are. But this in between phase of two steps forward and one step back is built on fast shifting sands. You think you know who you are and on the next day its very different.

We saw Sabata, the last of a legendary "made in Italy" spaghetti western trilogy staring Lee Van Cleef, as the mysterious stranger/gunslinger who rides into town and foils a brilliantly conceived bank robbery. The rest of the film is about how the planner of the robbery, who is the town's wealthiest citizen takes revenge. Unfortunately the staging of the big heist is the film's best scene. The plot is way too jumpy and without much narrative and the characters just a little to over the top cliched and unmotivated to make the action work. Van Cleef is as always a striking figure but in this one he has very little to work with.






posted by stew at 8:47 AM


wThursday, December 02, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Why?

Spraying napalm in Fallujah
destroying a city
promising it will be rebuilt better
Iraqi corpses aren't counted
when self congratulations
and Generals are promoted.

We invaded Iraq to seize WMD
Not really.
We invaded Iraq to promote democracy
& free elections
Not really.
Prevent civil war.
Contain civil war.
Math with clarity is divide and conquer.
Maybe
we invaded Iraq just because we wanted to.

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Northern Neighbors

A dream of Bush
in Canada
being dragged through the streets
battered to prodigious pulp
by Anglo-Saxon rage
everyone saying "Sorry"

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TDA 23 -- I got a haircut (still no curls to be seen) and we ate in a downtown restaurant. I had Ravioli stuffed with salmon. It was great and I couldn't have gotten it down just a few chemo weeks ago. I'm having nightly disrupted sleep - -maybe it has something to do with the chemicals withdrawing from my body? Still, by morning I'm rested.

We watched TV programs last night and not a movie. James Taylor sang on West Wing. His great voice and intensity are still very much intact.


posted by stew at 8:36 AM


wWednesday, December 01, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Colorful

Ridge resigned retiring
honestly he's fired.
Tommy boy was a man
whose day came in many colors
of fear
He was terrifying people in swing states
wining votes
for his boss.
Tom should have been a shoe-in
for a second period
of paranoia
but he came into Cabinet conflict
when favoring only moderate humiliation
of visiting Muslims.
There is no place for doves
in Dubya's new order of deference.

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TDA 22 -- I continue to have more energy and am perhaps getting a little overly ambitious in my plans to use it. I am compensating for 11 months of complete draining. Gout is gone.
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Something Wicked This Way Comes is based on Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name. A carnival comes to a small New England town but it's not summer but late fall and the town has considerable reason to be nervous. The evil owner of the traveling terror show has the capacity to lure people on, by fulfilling their deepest desires but cruel hell crouches in the corner and will soon pounce. Two young boys discover the carnival's dark secret and they are marked for destruction. One of the kid's father, eager to prove his parental fitness comes to the rescue and the usual cosmic battle ensues. My favorite part of the film is the grotesque visuals which are happily inspired by 1950s style Weird Fantasy and Tales Of The Crypt comic books.


posted by stew at 8:47 AM


wTuesday, November 30, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Geneva Unconventional

Red Cross reveals
systematic torture in Cuba
but Fidel isn't blushing

all pain is being inflicted
in the conquered territory
of Guantanamo Bay
by George Bush's
Deputy Dawgs and Doctors Doom.

Docs feeding the torturers
inside info
on what will work
on a particular prisoner
prescribing RX
two hours of loud Rock & Rap
while patient sits on his head
regularly receiving sexual taunts
about his mother.
Administer twice daily.

It's an experiment in consumer development.

If human beings can reliably be forced
to kiss their enemies ass
who knows the peace time
product possibilities
of protracted painful applications?

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TDA 21 -- Gains in mood, energy and appetite continue as Gout retreats from my hand. Good thing I didn't get Gout when I was doing the Hep C chemo. It would have been hell and lingered forever.

We saw The Odessa File. Jon Voight portrays a West German freelance reporter who, in 1963, reads the diary of an old Jew who committed suicide and learns about the Riga Death Camp and its hideous Commandant, who with the help of a secret pro Nazi organization, the Odessa, managed to escape a war crimes trial and well deserved punishment. Voight goes in search of the war criminal and the Odessa goes in search of Voight. In that cat and mouse game the Nazi's reveal the immense power they retain in Germany but fortunately their intrepid pursuer knows just how to play their game. He infiltrates the organization. The Odessa File is an old time thriller, played straight, fast and tough, and with one modest exception, without any great surprises, there are no secret monsters or hidden heroes. In those days Hollywood still considered Nazis the personification of pure evil.




posted by stew at 8:37 AM


wMonday, November 29, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Back Where You Belong

Where did my self go
when it fled from poisonous chemo needles
assaulting my thigh flesh
leaving a small part of me
remaining
like a sign outside
of a shut down business
announcing closed for repairs.

Self must feel safer
that needles are now
all elevated to art
stuck in styrofoam head
self returning
re-opening the store
but slowly in bits of pieces
still slightly unsure
occasionally
I feel something inside of me
like an old lost friend
home
from a mysterious journey.

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TDA 20 ---- Gout continues to improve and fade, while my energy is growing and I do many more things in a given day. My mood is better, sometimes much better. Last night, for the first time in a year, I didn't feel painfully edgy before I went to sleep. I think I've figured out why there is such little info available on recovery from the Hep C chemotherapy. Nobody monitors it. My relationship with the Kaiser clinic is almost nonexistent till I take the final "tell all" cured or still sick test in May.
We went to the Audobon Society's Wild Arts Festival. Amidst some schlock there were splendid works of great accomplishment. A few of the photographs and wood sculptures were off the charts and well worth the visit.

We saw Sin. Its a very strange, sometimes incoherent film with major lapses in plot sense, but it still managed to hold our interest. A retired cop gets back in the action when his sister is gang raped and kidnapped by a sinister porn producer but nothing is straight forward. It turns out that the sadistic villain has some understandable motivations and surprises up his sleeve and in his past the good guy cop has committed a cold blooded murder. The film works best when it catches the screwy spirit of a spaghetti western with eccentric characters going out in the Nevada desert and behaving in action packed unpredictable ways.


posted by stew at 9:07 AM


wSunday, November 28, 2004



My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Season's Greetings

Pepper gas
burning skin
on Toy R' Us Times Sq. elevator
three consumers in Christ
are sent to the hospital.

Geoffrey the stuffed giraffe
was unavailable for comment.

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TDA 19 -- Judy and I went out to a movie. On the heels of more activity (for three days) than I had known for 11 months on the Hep C chemo highway, I did some super sleeping during the day. The gout attack is slowly clearing up. Jessica is back studying law. We must face Christmas with fortitude.

We saw Finding Neverland which ponders the question, did J. M. Barrie create Peter Pan or was Pan the maker of Barrie? Set in turn of the 20th Century London, Barrie struggles for inspiration and finds it in the characters of a beautiful widow and her many children, he combines their energies with his earliest kid fantasies of a "never have to grow up" Utopia and voila Peter Pan enters the world, and Victorian London is highly amused. It's great fun when the film shows us how Pan was originally staged. The movie features a great real dog named named Nana and Johnny Depp does an amazing job bringing Barrie to life. Dustin Hoffman and Julie Christie also shine.


posted by stew at 10:31 AM