Monday, March 31, 2008
It's opening day and I want a hot dog. But it is pouring and my house is cozy and smells like brioche bread pudding so I think that will be an acceptable substitute. But also, I fucking love hot dogs.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
1. Probably 20% of the Criterion movies I have no desire to see.
2. They add titles at a rate that far exceeds my watching ability.
Despite these obstacles, I'm about a third of the way through. I wonder who is in charge of designing their DVD cases. I sometimes like them even more than I like the movies themselves. Example:
Man, that scene was suggestive for 1953.
Which reminds me, RIP Richard Widmark.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"In December of 1966, I heard the album Rubber Soul by the Beatles. It was definitely a challenge for me. I saw that every cut was very artistically interesting and stimulating. I immediately went to work on the songs for Pet Sounds."
I like that when he listens to a really good album, all he hears is "Bring your A-game, Wilson. Yeah, this record is talking to you."
I hope he felt some vindication when Paul McCartney would later cite Pet Sounds as a major influence on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the one album that beat it on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." But then, what the hell is that list worth? They think the top ten albums ever made were all released within about seven years (1979's London Calling excepted).
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm starting to get interested in music again. Not playing it, I mean, just listening to it. It's weird, but for a while there I'd just lost all interest in hearing anything new or exciting. I thought it had all been done and I'd heard all I needed to. "Incorrectly jaded," I guess would be the best phrase for it.
But now I actively want to hear new things (or at least new to me). It's not like there was one song, album, or artist that served as an epiphany for me. It must have something to do with all of the music news and reviews I've been reading lately; I want to hear what everyone's talking about. And it's good stuff, this... music.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I literally hit the broad side of the barn from 30 yards, but that's about it. I need to start training my arms for next Easter or I will never be accepted into this family.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Mark Kermode* interviewed del Toro for the Guardian back in late 2006 as the accolades for Labyrinth were pouring in. The jolly Mexican director offered this as the ultimate quote on filmmaking:
"If you think it's hard at the beginning, it never gets better. I say making movies is like eating a sandwich of shit. Sometimes you get more bread, sometimes less bread, but you always get shit. This is the final piece of advice."
*Kermode also happens to be the interviewer who was talking with Werner Herzog when he was shot with an "insignificant bullet." There's something to be said for being in the right place at the right time.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.
You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!
Barack Obama, yeah.
What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.
You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.
I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.
So you’re not following the race. You can’t vote right?
Is that why you’re not following it?
No, because it’s just—it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t really make a difference. These are the last years.
Note that DMX goes through four or five mental and emotional phases in the course of about twenty seconds. Confusion, denial, confusion again, anger, and omniscience. Seriously, "these are the last years."?
It's remarkable that there's a rapper out there who can make 50 Cent look like a legitimate political pundit.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
That reminds me, I read an article this morning about a guy losing his MacBook Air. As someone who hates and dreads losing anything, this article, and the writer's theory of what happened to the MacBook (thrown out accidentally with a stack of old newspapers), horrified me.
Monday, March 17, 2008
But maybe the worst thing is that I don't think I'm all that different today. A little older, and more educated, and more mature, but essentially the same.
I have to admit though, some of the entries are pretty hilarious, whether intentional or (more often) not. I'd provide a link for you to see, but unless you're my LJ friend, there's not going to be much to see there in a day or two anyway.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Either way, I'm sorry and I'll be back soon. I'm going to leave the house key with you just so you know that I'll be back. I can't go home without you now! Lily loves you. Be good with Dave!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I sometimes feel like when those sorts of things come to pass, film crews should have a right to overthrow the director by super-majority vote and make the film themselves without the stupid scenes. Thomas Jefferson-style.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Speaking of Leonard Cohen, did anybody see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction? Apparently it was "Ventures Day" in Washington State. So expect cards next year (or at least a blog post about it).
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I did some research of you on Wikipedia. The website that has entries on everybody and everything...
Famously inaccurate articles, yes.
Well, it listed your most frequent motifs as "trains and railroads, the age 17, the moon, dancing, cities, rain, eyes and faces, and love." Would you like to add or subtract from that list?
What other motifs are there? Besides, those are motifs that can be found in just my song titles.
If you were trapped on a desert island, what food would you have with you?
You mean, aside from obvious things like coconuts and fish?
Yeah, like what kind of cuisine?
The kind I could buy in New York or Los Angeles.
What one movie would you have on the desert island?
One movie? Probably something that either taught me how to get off the island, or something depressing enough to give me the strength to kill myself.
What one CD would you want?
(quietly disbelieving that these questions are still being asked)
The Soviet Army Chorus and Band playing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary." That way it would be loud enough to attract rescue planes, but would also not offend anyone's ideology.
To Stephin's credit, he didn't get up and leave, and to the interviewer's credit, he didn't get flustered by the seemingly eternal pauses, but it was still one of the most uncomfortable interviews I've ever seen. But obviously very funny nonetheless.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Also, a prediction:
In five to ten years, landline telephones are going to become ultra hip. People will be entranced by the novelty of being tied down to a location while talking. They'll also enjoy the big plasticky feel and the droning dial tones of these relics of the 1990s. Then a company will invent landline phones that can text message (if they don't already exist). Some people will go nuts over them, others will merely roll their eyes and get back to telegraphing their friends about their new favorite band: Third Eye Blind.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
This time a white woman named Margaret Seltzer was pretending to be a half-Native American half-Caucasian gang member named Margaret B. Jones living in South LA.
I'm much too tired to give this the kind of in-depth attention I gave to that faux Holocaust Memoir the other day (also, the details of this second story aren't quite as hilariously outlandish as those in the first book) but I will say this:
1. I agree with the notion that it is immoral to exploit or misrepresent a group (e.g. European Jews, impoverished urban minorities) for financial gain.
2. But does this mean that publishers should have to run extensive background checks on any author claiming to write nonfiction? Because I don't know that I agree with that. I'm still mulling the whole thing over.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
How about that election? Looks like it's going to come down to my old home state to decide this mess. Too bad we have to wait until APRIL 22ND. Nice electoral system, America. Really.
Also, I'm writing an essay on Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf for the LucidScreening White Elephant Blogathon. I'm not sure if they'll be hosting the essay on their site or if they'll just be linking to it on this one. In any case, look forward to that post sometime between now and April 1st.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
A choice quote from that article:
The statement said her parents were arrested when she was 4 and she was taken care of by her grandfather and uncle. She said she was poorly treated by her adopted family, called a "daughter of a traitor" because of her parents' role in the resistance, which she said led her to "feel Jewish."
What a good defense. Next time you're on the highway and you're pulled over by a cop, be sure to exclaim, "Ugh, I feel so Black!"
Another great thing about this is that her story is so improbable, yet it took ten years for the lie to come to light. Witness, in the book she:
- Is taken in by a pack of wolves.
- Sneaks into and out of the Warsaw ghetto
- Stabs a German soldier to death in self-defense.
- Walks from Belgium to Ukraine.
Back to the original article, another good quote:
"I'm not an expert on relations between humans and wolves, but I am a specialist of the persecution of Jews, and they (Defonseca's family) can't be found in the archives," Belgian historian Maxime Steinberg told RTL television. "The De Wael family is not Jewish nor were they registered as Jewish."
Man, Maxime Steinberg, you'd be so much cooler if you were an expert on both the persecution of Jews and human-wolf relations.
I'm looking forward to Elie Wiesel announcing, "My real name is Randall Munsch. I am Jewish, but I was born in Queens. Whoopsy-daisy."
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Go read filmwad.com and everything Dave has to say. It's much more interesting than me being a pill.