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Dec. 24th, 2010

Does everybody know what time it is???



Merry Christmas.

Jul. 15th, 2010

MOVIES!!

Movies 6/18 - 7/1

Pierrot le Fou/Jean-Luc Godard - 9/10 (I still loves me my French New Wave. I'm more partial to Truffaut, but I like Godard for his Brechtian style of filmmaking, particularly in this one. The colors are beautiful and the dialogue is superb.)
No Regrets for Our Youth/Akira Kurosawa - 7.5/10
Anna Christie/Jacques Feyder - 6.5/10
The Searchers/John Ford - 8.5/10
He Walked by Night/Alfred Werker (and Anthony Mann) - 7.5/10
Desperate/Anthony Mann - 6.5/10

7/2 - 7/15

Killer of Sheep/Charles Burnett - 8.5/10 (wonderful film done in this 50's Italian Neorealist style, except it takes place in 1970's South Central Los Angeles.)
Moran of the Lady Letty/George Melford - 5/10
Watermelon Man/Melvin Van Peebles - 8/10 (I now know where at least 5 samples from various hip-hop records came from)
Angel Face/Otto Preminger - 6.5/10
Coney Island/Fatty Arbuckle - 5/10
Shadowing the Third Man - 8/10 (excellent documentary on the making of the film, Welles' prima donna attitude, Carol Reed's reliance on Benzedrine to make the film, and lovely footage of Vienna.)
Border Incident/Anthony Mann - 7.5/10
John Ford Goes to War - 5/10

I've been watching a lot of Anthony Mann film-noirs recently, mainly for the cinematographer John Alton. He has this style of putting the camera right in the face of the actors and really creating this claustrophobic sense that I like in film making. Even his wide shots feel closed off. I could see where his films were an influence on filmmakers like Godard and Truffaut. I need to see more by this guy, but this will mean watching An American in Paris, and I normally hate musicals.

Jul. 14th, 2010

Da Bandwagon


I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




This was for one of my wrestling articles. Two of my LJ entries are in the style of Stephen King and Dan Brown.

Also:


My writing brings
all the boys to the yard

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Damn right.

Jun. 26th, 2010

Sample

The other day, Kraft mailed my home samples of mayonnaise.

?????

Mayonnaise....

Jun. 17th, 2010

In lieu of an actual update

Movies 5-20 to 6-3

Brother Orchid/Lloyd Bacon - 5.5/10
Family Diary/Valerio Zurlini - 7/10
Boudu Saved from Drowning/Jean Renoir - 7/10
The Big Parade/King Vidor - 8.5/10
Prelude to War/Frank Capra - n/a (fascinating war propaganda film. Used a lot of footage from Triumph of the Will, which was wonderfully ironic)
Picnic/Joshua Logan - 8.5/10
Kramer vs. Kramer/Robert Benton - 9/10

Movies 6-4 to 6-18

The Four Sons/John Ford - 7/10
Clash by Night/Fritz Lang - 6.5/10
Cruel Story of Youth/Nagisa Oshima - 8/10 (need to see more from the Japanese New Wave and the directors who reacted against the likes of Ozu and Kurosawa in the 60's.)
The Sea Hawk/Frank Lloyd - 6/10
Marty/Delbert Mann - 8.5/10 (most adorable film I've seen in a long time)

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The lady got me Grave of the Fireflies for my birthday a few weeks ago. I still haven't watched it yet, but it's waiting for me. I'm waiting for a moment to myself so I can curl into a ball and cry while watching it.

May. 21st, 2010

movies and spam

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May. 14th, 2010

TUSK!

Some thoughts on Tusk:

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May. 6th, 2010

Movies, acronyms, stuff

Following the lead of mybodymycoffin, I'll try rating the movies I've seen recently and make it less a list and more an opinion as well. Anyway:

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Apr. 22nd, 2010

Sad

RIP Hitler meme


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Edit: The Hitler meme video condemning the recent action of youtube regarding the Hitler meme.

Da bandwagon

Stolen from like 5 of you who were up too late last night:

Pick 20 movies/anime/video games/literary works (I did movies to make it easier) and put their summaries from Better than it Sounds and WITHOUT CHEATING have your friends guess.

1) Emo blacksmith moves to the Middle East and nails Eva Green. (Kingdom of Heaven - midwinterspring)

2) White man successfully co-opts black culture to impress other whites. (8 mile - mybodymycoffin

3) An old dude wants to die, but he's forced into finding his friends by a little girl.

4) Food poisoning leads Shell Shocked Senior to pilot a passenger jet. (Airplane! - zentiger)

5) Woman is brought back to life because of stomach cramps.

6) Man leads communist revolution and overthrows corrupt government in order to impress a girl.

7) A computer geek and his perpetually horny Indian friend try to rescue a peacenik Weapon of Mass Destruction from technophobic security guard for dissection. Friend To All Animals tries to protect said WoMD from both of them. (Short Circuit - zentiger)

8) World is rocked by the mind-blowing effects of a tranquilizer prescribed to pregnant women. Got some really dumb sequels.

9) Washed-up actors discover that people they never expected to meet love their work a bit too much.

10) Back To The Future in a star ship. And with whales. (Star Trek IV - zentiger)

11) Conspiracy Theorist wonders around insane asylum during a hurricane; suspects Gandhi of being the mastermind behind the whole thing all along.

12) A daydreaming loser is given a failing television station. He must save the station's ratings with the help of a midget, an alien, an idiot and Fran Drescher. Film stars a novelty musician and the main comedic character is played by a known racist. (UHF - zentiger)

13) A group of teenagers go home after a pep rally. They seem to have difficulty taking the train and are thus forced to walk most of the way.

14) Holocaust survivor turns Statue of Liberty into deadly weapon.

15) Police fail to find a serial killer.

16) A bureaucrat tries to get some loose paperwork errors corrected, and maybe get his air conditioning repaired in the process.

17) A group of people want to blow up a bridge, and another group wants to stop them. Tension occurs. The group that wants to blow up the bridge has decided on this course of action long before the bridge is finished. And this bridge is being built by perfectionists who place their workmanship on the bridge above all else.

18) Murders are committed while everyone involved, including the killer, is asleep. This movie will also make you not like Tim Burton anymore.

19) After a long time, a guy meets his ex-girlfriend, who ditched him for another guy. He's bitter and jealous, but he begins to fall in love with her again. And then he forces her to stay with the other guy.

20) Nick Cage ruins the memory of a good movie by punching women while dressed as a bear. (The Wicker Man - anosognosia

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Speaking of Movies:

The Big Knife/Robert Aldrich
Kiss Me Deadly/Robert Aldrich
Diabolique/Henri-Georges Clouzot
The Lower Depths/Akira Kurosawa
Standing in the Shadows of Motown/Paul Justman

The last one mentioned was a really good documentary on The Funk Brothers, the Motown houseband that recorded almost all the music from that label in the 50's and 60's. Everybody knows their sound, and they've played on more #1 records than any other band, but nobody really knows who they are, myself included. The saddest part of the documentary for me was when one of the members was discussing a lunch he'd recently had with his old bandmate and guitar player. When "My Girl" played over the speakers, the guy almost told the waiter he was the guy that wrote the guitar lick, but he eventually had second thoughts because he didn't want to appear like a raving old man. It's a sad world when we can name who wrote the licks to "Purple Haze", "Whole Lot of Love" and "Layla", but we always have to refer to the guy that wrote "My Girl" as "that one guy in the Funk Brothers." Now I'm just waiting for a documentary on The Wrecking Crew.

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