Archive for October, 2006


It has been so long since I’ve not had a movie to review that I kind of forget what other things I write about on here. I don’t think I’m going to weatherproof my apartment this year, because I seriously think it doesn’t do a bit of good. All of the drafts come from where […]

Bust Rod Halloween

I was Bust Rod from Forbidden Zone for Halloween this year. Click here to see the Flickr set of my costume creation process. You can find more information on my Forbidden Zone obsession here. While this mask looks more like an alligator than a frog, I was limited by the amount of cardboard at my […]

À nous la liberté

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #160: René Clair’s À nous la liberté. Ever since I first saw this film a few years ago its cheery theme song comes back as an earworm at least once a month. “À nous, à nous, la li-ber-té!” While it is no longer roll-on-the-floor hilarious, it […]

The 39 Steps

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #56: Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. I would like to preface this review by saying that Marian Keane’s Criterion Essay linked at the end is going to be much better than anything I will write here. The 39 Steps is my favorite Hitchcock film, made when […]

2006 Election Issue Voting Summary

Here is the link to the ballot [PDF] I’ll be voting on in the upcoming election. Here is how I’ll be voting on the issues and why: Issue 1: Referendum on Workers’ Compensation: Although I might be missing some nuances to this legislation, especially in light of Bill Peirce’s stance against BWC, it appears to […]

Do The Right Thing

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #97: Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. It might be a bit reductive to compare Spike Lee and Jane Campion [An Angel at My Table] in terms of minority filmmaking, but it is interesting to see how their films exert themselves in that sort of space. […]

Woodland Creatures

Sam Brown at Exploding Dog offered to do an original drawing for everyone who sent in a SASE and title to him. I was a huge fan of ED back in its early days, but eventually stopped visiting every day for no real reason. I once made a huge jpg of my 16 favorites and […]


I went to MEC in Ottawa yesterday and made my first few gear purchases; the most important pieces actually, my pack and sleeping bag. Originally, I was looking at the MEC brand Ibex 80, but they were out, so I ended up with the Gregory Palisade, a 91L expedition pack for $255. The reviews at […]

Hoop Dreams

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #289: Peter Gilbert’s, Steve James’s, and Frederick Marx’s Hoop Dreams. I never really wanted to watch this movie again. I saw it twice in college during my History of Documentary Film class [along with Nanook of the North] and as it is nearly 3 hours long, […]

Not My Own Content

I’m not in a content-providing mood this week. Instead, for a change, I’m linking to others’ content. Today I’ll post some links to mp3s you may or may not like. Eric Satie: 1. Four Gnossiennes 1-Lent 3:34 [mp3] — Satie was a French composer who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If […]

Career Opportunities

This clip, gratuitous and exploitative as it is, is one fine piece of filmmaking; which is the main reason it is so deliberately gratuitous and exploitative. Note how the timing of the cuts and changes in shot framing ramp up the sexiness of the scene, and by proxy, its comedy. Also, take note that I, […]

Another Tremont Weekend

On Friday I spent about 5 hours on the ArtWalk, including judging a Muttsquerade, and on Saturday and Sunday I spent much of my time on the redesign of Tremonter. The design itself is pretty much finished, and now I’m just tweaking the configuration, adding more content and a bit more functionality. If I can […]

III—The Valiant

The city is tired and the people are watching                             tired of watching the city’s collision           bend sinister, with the same sorrow and the same song and the same              sometimes. We, the city,               harrowed, the valiant             hence. Kookaburras             watch and     laugh and     wonder why nothing             happens. Why time is laconic;                      abrupt. Performance note: Wear “who the […]

Sex, Love & Z-Parts

A few weeks ago I received a request to review a short film that acts as a teaser for a feature film called Sex, Love & Z-Parts. I received the screener last week, along with comprehensive supplemental materials and have also traded a few emails with Marcus D. Russell, the driving force behind the production. […]

Le Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #62: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. I must admit that the first time I saw this, I slept through the majority. I was fresh from fencing practice in the womblike screening room of O’Shaughnessy Hall and there was no accompaniment to the […]

Pickup on South Street

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #224: Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street. I first saw this in a film noir class I took in college, That same week we watched Kiss Me Deadly, so I got a bit confused and thought this film involved Mike Hammer and ended with a nuclear […]

DirectX Frame Grab/Screen Capture

I’d been frustrated trying to capture particular images from the films I’m watching in The Criterion Collection list. DirectX technology makes it hard to do a simple screen capture and paste into PhotoShop. But someone finally directed me to a way that works and doesn’t involve downloaded spy-and-adware full programs. And damn if it isn’t […]


I made ribs for the first time yesterday. They were on sale for $1.99# at Dave’s last month so I picked up a pack and planned on inviting some folks over when I finally cooked them. I called up my uncle, the family grillmaster, and asked for advice. Since I don’t have the hi-tech grill […]

Tremont is Dead. Long Live Tremont.

When I first moved to Tremont almost two years ago I only knew two people in the neighborhood. They’ve since moved to New York City, greener pastures, and better opportunities. As I’m not very good at making friends, I decided that a good way of meeting people in the neighborhood would be to start a […]

Le Corbeau

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #227: Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau. Le Corbeau was made in occupied France in 1943. It was denounced by the Vichy government, denounced by the French Resistance and denounced by the Vatican. For a film that seems rather innocuous in 2006 America there must be a lot […]

The Silence of the Lambs

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #13: Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs. “Nothing is so frightening as what’s behind the closed door. The audience holds its breath along with the protagonist as she/he (more often she) approaches that door…” Stephen King in Danse Macabre and before that Val Lewton The […]

Shock Corridor

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #19: Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor. It was nice seeing this film again. Samuel Fuller has that peculiar position that only seems possible in the world of film; a master of cinema, but also a producer of schlock. Shock Corridor is a perfect example of this sort […]

Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal]

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #11: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Rev. 8:1 There is little I can say about The Seventh Seal that has not been said before. I will […]


Hello. This site is a chronicle of planning for a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Hopefully, as the time between planning and actually hiking the trail progresses, this site will become useful to more people than myself. If you are also new to the PCT, I recommend joining the email listserv immediately. Right now […]