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wSaturday, March 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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Good Night Irene

Bad night of sneezing and coughing
waking up every 30 minutes
realizing that nothing is happening
but my leaky nose.

Over and again
feverish
hoping for sleep,
like my ancestors
waited for Lefty and the Messiah
It's boring
like a peace rally of droning speakers,
laundry lists of pain.

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Day In The Life -- Yesterday was spent with a very bad cold. My post chemotherapy immune system seems to have gone the way of my once curly hair. I'm going to put posters up on telephone poles. "Lost One Immunity System. Generous Reward." The day wasn't a total loss. I had two wrong number phone calls. I appreciated the company, Judy made a tomato rice dish with chicken breasts. It was great.

I, Robot is an excellent sci fi thriller, based on an Isaac Asimov book, about a robot plot to rule the world. The robots are compelling, they fight like cats and march like scary fascists. And one of them has evolved to a human state, if not higher and he is more likable than ET on his best day. The sets are amazing, a futuristic Chicago reminds one of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and the robot armies command your eyes as they terrify your soul. Will Smith is convincing as brave, funny robot-hating cop who is taught a lesson about prejudice.


posted by stew at 9:32 AM


wFriday, March 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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Empty

Breaking mirrors
hiding in the middle of no where
darkest before an uncoming dawn,

Iraqis pack
American prisons in Iraq
feeling gruesome Guantanamo pain,

a judge's husband and mother are murdered
in Caponeville
while Martha walked out of prison
into a private jet
of Dubya's tax breaks,
at least there's some good news.

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Day In The Life ---- Judy and I went to the Jewish Community Center to hear Yonatan Shapira, a former senior officer in Israel's elite "Black Hawk" helicopter squadron explain why he refuses to fly any more missions in the occupied territories of Palestine. He hit his emotional limit when the Israeli air force drooped a thousand pound bomb and killed 14 Arabs including many children. Shapira spoke to the appreciative audience in modest but confident tones and talked about how much support he has in the Israeli air force for his brave moral stand. His story was completely plausible and persuasive. The Brit Tzedek V'Shalom organization did a mitzvah bringing this good guy to Portland.


posted by stew at 9:04 AM


wThursday, March 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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Towering

1,500 Americans are dead,
filling cemeteries with bitter rage,
their souls will not come home.

3,000 died at the World Trade Center,

In Iraq, one Tower has fallen,
a second
is under siege.
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Prufrock At The Mall

Dishwashers
come and go
every 15 years or so

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A Day In The Life -- Still fighting off yet another Post Chemo cold. I like shopping at New Seasons on Wednesday -- they give us a 10% discount just because I am 65, it's a weekly geezer sale. Discounts are maybe the only obvious good thing about getting old, discounts and wisdom.

The Living Daylight -- Return with us to the thrilling days of the Cold War when Communism still packed some punch. James Bond, played with cold toughness and a romantic streak, by Timothy Dalton, takes on the KGB and spy plots within spy plots. A special feature of this flick is that it ends up in Afghanistan, and what would become Al-Queda and the Taliban are portrayed as Russian fighting good guys who rescue Bond and his blond girlfriend du jour.


posted by stew at 8:41 AM


wWednesday, March 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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Hooray For Uruguay

From the torture chamber
to the Uruguay Presidency
just like when biblical Joseph got out
of Egyptian jail house
being named Vice Pharaoh,
Tabare Vasquez
takes over
amidst the ashes and tears
of socialist dream's defeat,
but capitalism sucks,
nightmares of poverty,
mad greed rules
brain cells and bodies
of humanity,
try something new
try anything

remembering the dream.
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Day In The Life -- I'm sick again, my post chemo self has yet to acquire a reliable immunity system. We can all be pleased at the Supreme Court's ruling, prohibiting the execution of minors, it's a big step along the way to America joining the family of civilized nations. A good follow up would be to ban execution for everyone except right wing Republicans. Eventually of course, there should be a complete ban. Last night we put lemon juice and rice in the chicken soup and thought of Zorba the Greek.

Can it be that the Marx Brothers 1930 film Animal Crackers is a bit funnier than Duck Soup (see yesterday's blog)? Animal Crackers was previously a Broadway Show and the Brothers Marx were quite seasoned with its comedy routines and so plot structure is a bit more established. Historic moments of hilarity take place when Groucho and Chico go into an insane free association discussion in which the topic completely changes and Chico doesn't remember why they were talking in the first place. Hilarity happens again when Groucho (Captain Spalding) declares "I shot an elephant in my pajamas. I don't know what he was doing in my pajamas." Animal Crackers also introduces Groucho's life long 'Captain Spalding' theme song and Harpo's endless skirt chasing holds the movie together. I also loved Chico's piano composition which in its ordered chaos reflects the Brothers crazy comedic style. Duck Soup came out in 1933 and made fun of Fascism, Animal Crackers hitting the screen in 1930, a year after the Stock Market's collapse, satirizes the very rich and their army of thieves and lackey's.


posted by stew at 9:29 AM


wTuesday, March 01, 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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Hang Down Your Head


Supremes meeting on Olympus
deciding by a 5-4
thumbs up
not to kill
70 kids
facing execution for murders
performed
when they were 16 or 17
from now on
you gotta be 18
to walk that last
James Cagney mile.

Rehnquist, Day O'Connor, Scalia and Thomas
voted
that evil children
were eminently executable
off with their heads
or whatever.

My grandma used to whup me
Clarence Thomas opined in his opinion
of dissent,
it never did me any harm.

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Day In The Life -- Judy is ill. And I made chicken soup. Decades of ancient Jewish women, long gone screamed at my chutzpah, denouncing me as a usurper of their sacred role. But I was not intimated. Following my wife's recipe to the T, my soup came out just fine.

We watched the Marx Brothers wonderful Duck Soup, made in 1933 when Mussolini and Hitler were hanging around, the film satirizes political pomposity, dictators and war, without forcing you to have a serious thought or a reflective moment. The never ending juxtaposition of absurd scenes and improbable dialog makes for a silly surrealism. The mirror scene where Groucho, Chico and Harpo all pretend they are Groucho looking at himself, is an all time classic, and so is Groucho's anti spectacular entrance as Rufus T Firefly, Freedonia's newest and most corrupt dictator. Margaret Dumont gives her usual perfect performance as Groucho's fantastic foil. When, decades later, the Yippies proclaimed themselves to be Marxists, we always meant Harpo, Chico and Groucho.


posted by stew at 9:17 AM


wMonday, February 28, 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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Heave Ho

Gaping pit of limitless anti-life
discovered by right wing archeologists
on a supply side dig,
in Baghdad's
new craddle of uncivilization,

a hundred souls
instantly
bombed and blasted away.

Humans, social security and compassion
dumped to perdition
by can-do
Christians
and
Cannibals

determined on filling
evil infinity
putting Christ back
in crucifixion.

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I (Jessica calling in) continued our traditional eating pizza and viewing the Academy Awards. It was a somewhat better show this year. There were many black faces (unlike last year's Anglo-Aryan festival) and no super blockbuster won all the awards. A number of good films, especially Ray, The Aviator and Million Dollar Baby (attacked by the right wing) shared awards. Also, the song from Motor Cycle Diaries (the Che as young wanderer flick) won as filmdom's best of the year. It's pleasing that the big Hollywood Jews didn't buckle under pressure and give the hideous Passion Of Christ some consolation prize. Thanks to MC Chris Rock for jabbing at Bush and defending the maligned Michael Moore. It was a good night at Fantasy Land.

The preacher on Carnivale is revealing himself to be a Fascist from Hell.


posted by stew at 9:39 AM


wSunday, February 27, 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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The Winner Is

Jerry Rubin called his indictment
the Academy Award of protest
and
Bobby Seale patiently explained the crazed Yippie
to a reporter
declaring that,
being attacked by reactionaries.
is always an honor

25 years go passing by,
we are backstage
at a Chicago '68 reunion.

Judy and I
calling kid Chris Rock over
"do you want to meet Bobby Seale?"
His face brightened,
Bobby was gem friendly.
"My father always admired you, Mr. Seale,
so do I."

Tonight Chris
will be giving out the Academy's Awards,
none will be for silent film titles
or protest.

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Day In The Life --Judy and I bought a dishwasher, our old one was about 16 years old and on had fallen down after being on its last legs. We realized that shopping is a form of "going out" in America, a form of diversion and entertainment, and these days, consumerism is what passes for democracy. The appliance department's team manager called Judy a girl, she said she is a grown woman and I said she is the Silver Steak (her hair color). We ate out with the Murphs last night (Vietnamese) it was very pleasant.

"Pollock" is a film about Jackson Pollock, the artist who put New York City on the cultural map as the "Abstract" capitol of the world. Jackson's highly original work blended surrealism and Mexican muralism with the unique technique of calculated dripping. The film wisely places its focus on the artist's process. Ed Harris as Pollock, bring incredible energy to the role, he approaches the canvas and it's thrilling to watch the creation of great imaginative works. Pollock's private life is distinctly less original. He's your typical self-destructive and destructive drunken genius who wastes himself and others in the time tested manner. The film doesn't give us much insight as to why. And it completely leaves out the artist's early left-wing politics. Amy Madigan does a sympathetic job as millionaire art patron Peggy Gugenheim who promoted Pollock and Marcia Gay Harden is splendid as Lee Krasner, the artist who discovered Jackson Pollock, married him and up to a point took care of him. The film is shot in appealing and subdued colors. It's the only thing subdued about Pollock.


posted by stew at 10:55 AM