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Has anyone here written about this film. It's a favourite of yours, isn't it Peter? Anything on file?

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I wouldn't call the FILM one of my favorites, but the DIRECTOR certainly is -- Errol Morris's The Thin Blue Line (1988) currently sits in my all-time top ten, and his Fast, Cheap & Out of Control was my favorite film of 1997; read my interview with him about that film here. His newest film, The Fog of War, about former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, is playing for just one night at this year's film fest, and I will most definitely be there for it. FWIW, I know Gates of Heaven is, or was, one of Roger Ebert's all-time ten favorite films. If you ever see it, try to also see Les Blank's short film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, which includes an out-take from Gates of Heaven that never made it into the film itself.

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This is why we missed you Peter.

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Gawrsh.

And here I was beginning to wonder if I was like that guy in the film, playing his music into a void. (Well, except for the movie camera behind him.)

See, I CAN keep a post on-topic! smile.gif

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Fascinating interview with Errol Morris here, including how he approached David Webb Peoples -- now best known as the screenwriter of Blade Runner and Unforgiven, but back then just a guy editing porno movies -- about editing Gates of Heaven. Also a very revealing comment about MoveOn.org's rejection of evangelical or pro-life Democrats. I sample the two relevant bits at my blog here.

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More people finding their final resting place next to dogs, cats and horses in pet cemeteries

HARTSDALE, N.Y. — Rhona Levy has her burial planned out. She'll be cremated, her ashes will be divided into two bright red urns and she'll be taken to the cemetery.

Then, half of her will go into a plot with Snow, Putchke and Pumpkin, and the other half will go in nearby with Shaina and Twinkie.

The New Yorker is among what appears to be a growing number of Americans who want to share their final resting place with their best friends — even if those friends were cats or dogs or iguanas — and are getting buried or reserving plots at pet cemeteries.

"I've elected not to be married — it just didn't happen, I was engaged a few times — and I didn't have children," the 61-year-old Levy said. "And these little furry kids, they just became my first and foremost love. So I wanted to be close after I died."

The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, with 200 members, estimates that a quarter of U.S. pet cemeteries take in deceased humans, and the demand is growing. . . .

Canadian Press, February 6

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