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wSaturday, January 08, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Good Morning Portland

Gazing out of a morning window
of spectacular sunrising hope
I always look down the hill
at a breakfast Cafe,
its bright lights and small tables are so inviting,
it must be my clean well lighted place.

I only went there once.

It was closed
and
it was raining.
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TDA 60 -- J & D came over for dinner. I cooked a cut up chicken in a sauce made from tomato paste, water and red wine. Black olives are tossed in for Middle Eastern effect. We had a fine time and at the end of the evening Judy, J and D were much more tired than me. I was going strong. Recovery from Hep C chemotherapy has resumed.

We didn't see any movie last night but we caught a George Carlin special. We lasted about 45 reasonably funny minutes and then we fell asleep.


posted by stew at 10:23 AM


wFriday, January 07, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Nowhere Man

1
Democratic Party
eternally on the beach
forever getting Republican sand
kicked in its unseeing eyes,
becoming the 98 pound weakling
of the post modern world.

Sadly, Charles Atlas is dead.

2
Only Barbara Boxer's Rebellion of one
caused Senate to spend a trifle of time
discussing the Republican's stage managing Ohio
into the Red.

Based on time talking about it,
election in Ukraine
was more important.

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TDA 59 -- I slept much better last night. I didn't wake up till the morning. I get the sense that my recovery from Hep C chemo is about 2/3 and has temporarily stopped happening. I'm sure another burst will happen in the next month. J & D are coming over for dinner. I'm cooking.

We saw To Kill For. It's Gus Van Sant's striking portrait of the superficial, stupid and cruel side of media Nation America. Told in a likable sometimes even funny pseudo-documentary way, To Kill For presents us with a small town cable television, very pretty faced nightly weather woman who plots the killing of her husband. Cruel and ambitious in the extreme, she figures the publicity will get her a movie contract. Unfortunately she is dumb enough to recruit three absolutely empty headed teenagers into actually carrying out the murder. And our narcissistic weather woman foolishly forgets about her husband's family ties to the Mafia. Van Sant's efforts succeed because he uses a fine all star cast including Nicole Kidman and Matt Dillon and because he understands very well the moral corruption he is portraying.


posted by stew at 9:05 AM


wThursday, January 06, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Tough Justice

Back in Texas
Alberto Gonzalez
was Dubya's hang em high advisor
on executions
and death row became
a one way ticket
tunneling six feet under
Texas.

President George
recently asked pal Alberto
about torturing terrorists
and was told
Geneva Conventions are quaint
Victorian
just like old Europe and the environment
if suspects don't spill their beans
we can spill their guts,
it's patriotic post modernism.

Upwardly mobile Alberto
now gonna be
a President's Attorney General.
promising
with hands on heart
not to question prisoners with killer bees or rat poison
unless extenuating circumstances,
exterminating circumstances
and weather permits.

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TDA 58 -- Back to the Hep C chemo side effect of interrupted sleep. I woke up around 3.30 in the morning and had trouble falling back asleep. It most have taken more than an hour. Since I was awake I took advantage of the time to categorize and dissect every negative aspect of my life. Content that I had been thorough I finally fell back asleep and overslept.

Judy and I saw Once Upon A Time in China, a Chinese made Noodle Eastern, set in the late 19th Century, about how a militia of martial artists takes on encroaching and occupying foreign powers and their local collaborators in the city of Canton. The film's mood is ferociously nationalistic and its spectacular fight scenes involve endless flying kicks and mind boggling mid air acrobatics. A wonderful theatrical dragon also makes an appearance. In our American high school text books they once labeled the Chinese resistance as The Boxer Rebellion. Once Upon A Time In China is the first of a series of six films on the Boxers.





posted by stew at 10:05 AM


wWednesday, January 05, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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All Over Now

Great vessels cracking up,
couldn't stand the heat of hope
shards and sparks of light and beauty
flung into omniprosaic realism,
and falling down
boring ice streets of the prison punished.

Underfunded missions
are sending me to rescue surviving sparks,
I stumble into abandoned beaches,
turning over broken clams
of light
trapped in stinking shells.

Throwing everything into broken bags,
then walking away
from and toward
a rainbow's promise.

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TDA 57 -- When I was on the Hep C chemotherapy treatment people would tell me that they knew folks who took the treatment and after it was over these friends of theirs felt great. This news bolstered me and gave me something for which to look forward. But in reality, recovery from the treatment is slow, there are setbacks like my long lasting (now rapidly retreating) Cold, and some mood stuff. I think maybe ex chemo people tell their friends they are feeling better than they really are, because after 11 months of chemo, they are sick of saying how terrible they feel. Of course, with all my complaints I now feel tremendously better and at the start of the TDA period I did give myself three months for recovery and I now have a month to go -- by that time I really will feel great.

We saw The Sea Is Watching, a Japanese film whose screenplay was authored by the late and magnificent Akira Kurosawa. Unfortunately Kurosawa died before he was able to direct the film but he personally selected Kei Kumai to complete his work. The film takes place in and around a 19th Century seaside brothel. And the main characters are the prostitutes and their customers. The plot unfolds through intriguing vignettes. The central character is the ultimate fallen woman with a heart of gold who keeps falling dangerously in love with her Johns. The sense of community and warm friendship in this happy house of ill repute is endearing. So are the camera angles, the musical score and the many bright but mellow colors. Strong acting fills the screen with heart rending emotion and melodrama. While the prostitutes do at times have their fun, pleasures and friendships, they also seem ultimately doomed to live on the harsh margins of Japanese society. Then nature and the Sea intervene in a manner much kinder than the recent tsunami.


posted by stew at 8:55 AM


wTuesday, January 04, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Second That Emotion

Clinton and Bush The Elder
anointed by Dubya
to feel Asia's pain
cause he can't feel anything
but blood lust
& your rage for revenge,
generous Junior Bush
kills
for our pleasure
but if your whole village drowned
don't expect his tears
don't go crying on Junior's cold shoulder.

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TDA 56 -- I had a decent uninterrupted sleep last night with much less coughing. I'm near completing my second month into the recovery -- my guess is that it will take another month to get it all back. All, except for the curls in my hair. While it's true that my hair now seems a bit more waivey than during the chemotherapy -- it still is a very great distance from its old impressive self. Time will tell. Perhaps a miracle will occur?

We saw Restoration. A British period piece portraying the Stuart Dynasty's restoration to power. It features Robert Downey as a decadent doctor and court jester during the reign of Charles 11. He is banished from court after he propositions the Kings mistress. Our anti-hero sets off to find a Quaker friend and fellow physician, fall in love with a crazed Irish woman and become a great man of medicine when during a terrible plague, the now very good doctor goes about saving lives. Restoration is attractively filmed in what could be called Rembrandt color and light. It is alternately funny and melodramatic. Sometimes it even achieves poignance. To top it off, Restoration is true to its name and offers a happy ending.


posted by stew at 9:06 AM


wMonday, January 03, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Wet Dream

Gratifying results
Tsunami water bomb
tested in Asia
gonna be deployed in Iraq.

Rummy predicts
it will make deserts bloom
while solving H20 pollution problems

gonna repair bleeding hearts.

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TDA 55 -- Judy and I went to Cafe Castanga last night and fulfilled an oath that I took while in the pit of Hep C chemo Hell. That at the end of my appetite destroying treatment I would eat the best hamburger in Portland. It had been six years since I laid off red meats and great hamburgers were a major sacrifice. George Bush gave up booze but when it comes burgers, he's still addicted. Castanga's burger is fantastic -- it rates with the very good NYC bar burgers. And for me it was like my first chemo glass of wine -- nectar from a higher power. Don't worry, I'm not going on a burger Jones or becoming a boozer.

We saw Spawn. Based on a Gothic comicbook. A CIA killer is murdered, he goes to hell and makes a deal with the Devil. He can return to Earth if he leads Satan's army and conquers the world. He agrees. The great costume he gets to wear must have helped seal the bargain. One major drawback is, that he has to take orders from a hideous ugly evil fat Falstaffian clown, who is wonderfully played by John Leguizamo, but no job is perfect. Spawn is impressive to look at because of its dark sets and even darker visions.


posted by stew at 9:07 AM


wSunday, January 02, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
For 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
Most of 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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Royal Road

DC Coronation festivities
getting too expensive for rich Republicans,
only members of
American Monarchist Party
affording front row price
of two on the aisle

will engage in a second of silence
for all wealthy white people who drowned in Asia.

Standing Room Only
citizens remaining powerless
can't influence anything
but the paranoia of the powerful
frightened
because perfection can't last.

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TDA 54 -- My cough and Cold are going away. I seem to be back on the chemo recovery path. This Cold should have gone away in a week but with my chemo damaged immunity system functioning like a broken down jalopy, it drags on and is slow to vacate. I'm trying to jump start my immunity system with increased dumbbell exercise.

We saw Godzilla VS The Destroyer. Our favorite ambling guiless gigantic lizard is having his own private nuclear melt down that's making him glow in the dark. He'll soon explode taking all of civilization with him. To confuse matters, Godzilla is also facing combat with a flying monster who spits electrical fire and looks like a surreal and grossly misshapen Chinese restaurant. What will Japan's usual scientists and generals do? Evacuate Tokyo for sure.







posted by stew at 10:48 AM