Archive for The Chiseler

Yellow Sparkle

Posted in FILM with tags , , on January 21, 2020 by dcairns


Neg sparkle” is a kind of film damage manifesting as twinkling constellations on the image. This column continues to be about a different kind of film damage, the mental havoc wrought by overindulgence in cinema, though I hold out the possibility that a human being so afflicted may have some adaptive advantages over the normal kind.


Neg Sparkle #2

Posted in FILM with tags , , on January 14, 2020 by dcairns


The second edition of my Chiseler column, Neg Sparkle, is up.

Also up: a letter from David Amram, composer (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS) in praise of the first column. I am moved and humbled.

Paint it black

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on January 10, 2020 by dcairns

Should have published this one AGES ago!

From THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS, the subject of my essay in the new edition of The Chiseler, here.

Oddly enough, “Mind your own business,” seems to have been Mr. Pastry’s catchphrase.

Now, how can I get to see the kids’ show, The Adventures of Mr. Pastry, in which Buster Keaton guest-starred?