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Beat the Devil (1953) Directed by John Huston Like in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Humphrey Bogart is a globe-trotting fortune hunter out to plunder the developing world like a Conrad antihero who grew up playing stickball—here, he and dreamy-divine wife Gina Lollobrigida are en route to a shady uranium fortune somewhere in Africa. Like in The Maltese Falcon, he’s racing for his MacGuffin in unfriendly competition with a seedy gallery of expatriate character actors...
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature this year. He's a musician mostly, which is confusing in light of this specific prize (it's usually given to writers who do not add music to their words) but perhaps even more confusing is that at 75, he's still making earnest, straightforward folk music. Folk music is confusing for the snarky Internet, and liking folk music is even more confusing. Moreover, liking Bob Dylan, now that he's...
An enormous new Bob Dylan box set called The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is out today. It contains alternate versions of tracks from some of Dylan's most critically acclaimed albums, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde. Obviously, it also includes several different versions of his best-known song "Like A Rolling Stone," and today they've released the song's stems to the public to create their...
Without rules, we are nothing. This, anyway, is what I've been thinking lately, as I drift somewhat aimlessly through my nights and days, realizing ever more clearly that my lack of an internal sense of order or even much in the way of a code to live by has necessarily resulted in an inescapable sense of ennui, one that could probably be gotten rid of if I just had any discipline, or some sort of...