Category Archives: Movies / TV

FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL / Tura Santana

The South Shore Drive-In was located off 128 outside of Boston over the Blue Hills from my suburban development of split-level houses. No one went to the twin screens in the daytime, but on summer nights my father drove my mother and their six children to the open-air theater, where we watched THE TEN COMMANDMENTS […]

Cassavates’ HUSBANDS

Movies were more than movies in the 1970s. Producers and directors sought to change the audience with films about life rather than escapism. John Cassavetes was the king of American realism and in 1970 released HUSBANDS about three suburban family men waking their dead friend with a Manhattan drinking bout. Upon their return to their […]

Zombie Strippers / Kelly’s Heroes Drive-In Double Bill

My parents exposed their children to the magic of cinema at the Cornish Drive-In in Maine. The screen faced the pine forest and the owner’s house served as the concession stand. The grandmother sold salted popcorn and bottles of ice-cold Coke from the porch and her son worked the projector housed in an old chicken […]

THE RULES OF KLAUS

In 1978 Anthony Scibelli shot a roman-photo based on my detective poem featuring Klaus Nomi, Cookie Mueller, Clover Nolan, Andy Reese and several other friends from the downtown scene. MoMA celebrated Club 57 in 2017. When I arrived at the opening, a friend said, “You’re famous.” Tony’s photos were featured at the front entrance. No […]

My First Film SHICHININ NO SAMURAI

My grandmother lived in an old farmhouse in Westbrook Maine. She had served with the Royal Canadian Medical Expedition in the Great War. My grandfather had been a doctor for the allies in France. Mementoes of their meeting in 1916 were scattered throughout the house. Zeppelin debris was stashed in the desk drawers. Helmets, bayonets, […]