Archive for January, 2007

Down By Law

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #166: Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law. Jim Jarmusch knows how to shoot in black and white. I always forget this until I rewatch something of his. I own Dead Man, and I should probably get my hands on this film as well. Shot in New Orleans, […]

The Importance of Being Earnest

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #158: Anthony Asquith’s The Importance of Being Earnest. I have a queer affection for this film. It isn’t my type of film at all, in fact. But it is so deliberately smarmy and the dialogue so witty and refreshing that I quickly forget that I’d want […]

Rashômon

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #138: Akira Kurosawa’s Rashômon. There isn’t a whole lot to say in critical terms about Rashômon that hasn’t been said before, and better than I could say it. So instead of talking about it in terms of its examination of truth, its cultural context, or its […]

Bruce Lee Squarepants

I’m watching Spongebob Squarepants right now and it is totally referencing Bruce Lee’s last, uncompleted film Game of Death. where he climbs the pagoda. The whole episode is Sandy Cheeks climbing the pagoda, and she’s even wearing the yellow with black racing stripe jumpsuit that Lee wears. Man, I’m such a geek.

Playtime

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #112: Jacques Tati’s Playtime. M. Hulot is back, at least part-time, for his last appearance in cinema. Playtime continues Tati’s tradition of satirizing the mundane, but unlike M. Hulot’s Holiday, this time the focus is on modernity rather than leisure time. Filmed nearly 15 years after […]

Pulled Pork Barbecue

Pork Barbecue is one of my favorite things to eat. Good pork barbecue is one of the toughest things to cook. I gave it my first shot this past weekend, and it turned out better reheated than freshly cooked. I used a recipe from a suspect site, but its simplicity is what drew me to […]

Shoot The Piano Player

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #315: François Truffaut’s Shoot The Piano Player. I only have ten more films to rewatch in The Criterion Collection before I can start watching stuff I haven’t seen before again. I’m looking forward to that day. Here’s a little context about Shoot the Piano Player. It […]

Dazed and Confused

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #336: Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. -Peter De Vries The screencaps are crummy in this review because the library sent me the Full Screen version instead of the Criterion Collection version. I had to grab screencaps from elsewhere. Dazed […]

Gun Show

Now that I’ve gotten back into an exercise routine, my old appetite is coming back. Yesterday after lifting weights I was ravenous. I ended up getting a 3 egg omelet with home fries and a side of fruit salad for breakfast from Juji’s. Lunch was light, a peanut-butter protein smoothie from Octane, but I had […]

Hiroshima mon amour

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #196: Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour. Rien is, perhaps, the most beautiful word in French. In Hiroshima mon amour such words of emptiness and loss echo throughout. The opening sequence in particular is stunning for its evocation and dialogue; it is so full of implication that […]

Duplicate

What is interesting about this post is that I tried to post it via YouTube’s WordPress API. After hitting submit, I was given a notice that there would be a delay before posting. I figured they meant a few minutes. Apparently they meant two days. I won’t be using THAT functionality again. Soft Spots I […]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #175: Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization. —Oscar Wilde I’ve never used any sort of illegal drug, so offering an examination of the verisimilitude of […]

Soft Spots

I saw Soft Spots, formerly Friend, formerly Little Songs at the Beachland last night. They’ve quickly become one of my favorite Cleveland bands, if not the favorite. They started less than a year ago, and their music, already good to begin with, has only tightened and matured with age. They blindfolded the willing last night […]

Prophylactic

Probably my favorite thing about Rafeeq is that he tells his truth and damn you if you can’t handle it. The other night at his reading at the Lit he told us that unless we write from personal experience and belief our stuff is going to continue sucking. I’ve been really struggling with writing lately, […]

Final Destination

I’ve almost been run over twice more since the near miss two days ago. Yesterday I was walking to the gym, about ¾ of the way across W. 4th Street when some guy in a z4 nearly clips my feet off turning onto W. 4th. He probably took that corner at about 30mph, which is […]

Perpendicular

They say that if there is a hit our for you, you’re supposed to avoid routine, take different routes to work, never shop in the same place twice, move often. I walk a different route to work each day along the same street. Euclid has been undergoing infrastructure surgery for quite some time. When morning […]

Initiative

People keep telling me to run for an elected office, and my automatic response is always leeriness. The hierarchical nature of any bureaucracy restricts initiative and that’s my main strength. There’s also always too much talk and too little action. I’ve been to far too many meetings and read far too many weblogs where people […]

Notre Dame Fencing on NPR

Thanks to a heads up from Jeff Hess, I had the opportunity to listen to a piece on NPR about Notre Dame Fencing. You can listen to it by clicking here. It is a RealPlayer proprietary format, but you can get around that by using Real Alternative. It’s a pretty accurate piece, no one knew […]

Mark Elf

So I did a mild redesign. Not much changed on the front end, but I basically coded this one from scratch and it is 50% less crufty and 50% more cromulent than before. I had a half-formed thought last night about how moments are precious because most of them get lost to memory during the […]

Guilty Pleasures

• Joining various indie-rock Soulseek chat rooms and asking people if they have X song by Y artist that is on the Top 40 list and acting all hurt and offended when they tell me they don’t listen to that crap and to chrissakes try the search function you dumbfuck. • XHTML strict web design. […]

Crafty

I have home internet access again for the first time in nearly two years. Hopefully I’m enough used to not having it that I’ll forget that I can be completely unproductive by surfing all day. I do have quite a bit of web-catching-up to do. All is nearly back on schedule. I’ve started doing a […]