Category Archives: Art and Culture

Designing the Curriculum for an Awesome High School Film Class: Part One

An old friend of mine who teaches at a public high school in Minnesota just got word that he’s inherited a 12-week elective course on film, and he’s reached out to me, asking if I might help him design the curriculum. All that he’s been given to work with thus far is a list of […]

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Mark Maynard’s first annual Sterling Hayden film festival

I’m not feeling up to working right now, so I’m making some snacks and cueing everything up for a Sterling Hayden double feature. If you’d like to join me, I’ll be starting with John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and then moving imediately onto Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956). Then, if I’m still awake, I’ll […]

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Maynard-Lao Archive: Item 0004 [The Monkey Power Trio’s 1995 release, “The First Hour”]

As I explained a while back, we’re currently in the process of making our way through this 180 year old home of ours, and deciding which of our possessions should remain, and which should be jettisoned into the ever-churning gyre of filth and garbage that surrounds us. Well, what follows is my justification for continuing […]

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If there’s a better Mother’s Day film than Mildred Pierce, I’d like to know what it is

Linette’s out of town, and my own mother is on an island off the coast of Georgia, so it’s just me and the kids celebrating Mother’s Day this year, sans mother… which is why I’m able to just lay around tonight and watch Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. [If you’d rather talk about politics, though, […]

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Maynard-Lao Archive: Item 0003 [Violent Femmes at Carnegie Hall t-shirt]

As I explained in an earlier post, I’m in the process of making my way through the house and separating the wheat from the chaff, determining which items will remain here in our 180 year old home, and which will be jettisoned into the ever-churning gyre of filth and garbage that surrounds us. Well, what […]

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