Monthly Archives: January 2018

THE IMMORTAL B-52

(POLITICO/1-19-18) In January, 1964, Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy, Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb, burst into the cerulean with the force of a surface-to-air missile. Considered one of the greatest political satires ever made, the film centers around an unhinged Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) general, Jack D. Ripper, who […]

DATELINE DAUGAVPILS

(POLITICO/1-5-18) DAUGAVPILS, LATVIA. IN February 2016 BBC 2 broadcast a film, “World War III: Inside the War Room,” in which ten political, diplomatic and military figures war gamed an imaginary scenario in which Russia inserted itself militarily in Latgale, the heart of Latvia’s Russian ethnic minority population, in the southeastern corner of the country. In […]

A GREAT FINNISH FILM

(CS Monitor/1-04-18) HELSINKI. In a Russian city overrun by Finnish forces, a beautiful Russian girl surprises her conquerors by bursting into dance, then proceeds to seduce one of the Finns. In the riverine equivalent of the charge of the Light Brigade, a flotilla of Finnish assault boats, guns blazing, move in perfect unison, as Russian […]

ARCHIVES: AKI KAURISMÄKI (FT 2/02)

The great cinema directors bequeath great moments to us. Cinephiles have their Bresson moments, their Renoir moments, and, moving closer to the present day, their Scorsese and Woody Allen moments. Aki Kaurismäki, the Finnish director whose Cannes-garlanded Man Without a Past opens in London in the new year, has already provided us with plenty of […]

ARISE SIR GORDON!

ON the afternoon of October 12th last I received the honor of a lifetime when I was formally inducted into the Order of Lion of Finland at the residence of the Finnish ambassador to the United States, Ms. Kirsti Kauppi, at her residence in Washington, D.C. Although I had been told that my knighthood-yes, I […]

COMEBACK COACH (No. 6)

I am pleased to announce the publication of COMEBACK COACH the memoir by legendary coach Jesse Braverman, which I co-authored with him. Back in 2002, when I returned to the U.S. after my five year tour in London to be artist in residence at Cornell’s Risley College for the Creative and Performing Arts, I had […]