“Donnie Brasco” Should Be a Classic

  Donnie Brasco is one of the best and most overlooked gangster movies I’ve ever seen. It’s an entertaining but sympathetic look at the personal lives of criminals and the cops who go after them. Al Pacino, playing a sad, ageing gangster who is never “called up,” doesn’t get any better than this. Johnny Depp as an undercover cop pretending to be Pacino’s protégé doesn’t miss a beat. He and

Can The Art of Watercolour Painting Be Taught?

I’m taking Watercolour: Introductory Steps to Confident Watercolour Painting at the local community college next month. The instructor, Joan Gregory, describes the course as …the very fundamentals of watercolour painting. The 1st evening we will be discussing materials… and I do my best to make it as simple as possible… also without too many supplies… just basic… and then, if you fall in love with watercolour, you can add more

“Inglourious Basterds” is a Rental

Yes, it’s a rental. The trailer is deceptive. It’s not fast-paced. It’s 95% dialogue, although this time not everyone sounds like Quentin Tarantino. There’s not much action. There’s some unnecessary gruesomeness, but it’s brief (and this doesn’t give anything away): two scalpings, one at the beginning, one near the end; one head bashing near the beginning; and one knife carving, shall we say — and it’s close-up, cringe-worthy gross. The