Movie Diary 3/6/2012

House of Pleasures (Bertrand Bonello, 2011). Kind of a French “answer film” to Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai, as it takes place entirely inside a turn-of-the-century bordello. Accusations of artiness would be easy to make here, but it’s sad and haunting in its own way. Also, the Moody Blues come off very well. (full review 3/9)

Just back after giving a series of talks as a Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker on a 12-day cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, which traveled from Bayonne, New Jersey, to the Caribbean and back again. Glad to report that the food at Gladys’s in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, is still very good, plus new discoveries made along the way. The airing of reviews from the 1980s resumes tomorrow at What a Feeling!; see the Upcoming Events tab above for a full slate of stuff happening soon.

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