Easter...

Chapel interior, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy. June, 2012.

Chapel interior, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy. June, 2012.

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty is a remarkable movie, in large part for its insistence on going its own way, and revealing its story on its own terms. That is to say, there is a lot that isn't blatantly spelled out for the viewer, and this seems to be a problem for some people, i.e. those used to a more comfortable and straightforward viewing experience. Yesterday I accidentally stumbled across an ad for the film on Verizon pay per view, which includes viewer ratings. The Great Beauty had garnered an average rating of one half of one star. I think it's safe to say that a blank screen might have fared better, but these same Verizon viewers, it's worth noting, rated Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa at four and a half stars.  Where do you go with that? I don't even know where to begin. And how, in a system of one to five, is one half a star even possible?? At any rate, a truly worthwhile movie in my book. And as for "Bad Grandpa", I'll wait for the director's cut.  

The Great Beauty is a remarkable movie, in large part for its insistence on going its own way, and revealing its story on its own terms. That is to say, there is a lot that isn't blatantly spelled out for the viewer, and this seems to be a problem for some people, i.e. those used to a more comfortable and straightforward viewing experience. Yesterday I accidentally stumbled across an ad for the film on Verizon pay per view, which includes viewer ratings. The Great Beauty had garnered an average rating of one half of one star. I think it's safe to say that a blank screen might have fared better, but these same Verizon viewers, it's worth noting, rated Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa at four and a half stars.  Where do you go with that? I don't even know where to begin. And how, in a system of one to five, is one half a star even possible??

At any rate, a truly worthwhile movie in my book. And as for "Bad Grandpa", I'll wait for the director's cut.

 

Salisbury Beach Motif#1

This image was taken in 2007. It shows a portion of an arcade that has been closed down for the winter, if not permanently.  Like most seaside amusement areas these days, the luster is long gone, consigned to history and nostalgia on the part of visitors who remember the beach from decades earlier

This image was taken in 2007. It shows a portion of an arcade that has been closed down for the winter, if not permanently.  Like most seaside amusement areas these days, the luster is long gone, consigned to history and nostalgia on the part of visitors who remember the beach from decades earlier

Donuts

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This building had intrigued me for many years - decades actually. A friend, recently deceased, used to insist to me that he stopped here every morning for coffee on his way to work, but I have never once seen the business open, nor do I know anyone who has. The building just sort of ... exists. 

A Lawrence Landmark

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Though now called the Lawrence Dog Haus, this establishment will forever be known as Lawton's by those from Lawrence and surrounding towns.  Just saying "Lawton's" elicits immediate recognition from those of a certain age. It will forever be Lawton's until that generation dies out.