Archive for July, 2007

Alphaville

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #25: Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville. Watching this film, one of the first things I realized is that Jean-Luc Godard has no idea how to make convincing science fiction. The next thing I realized was that Godard was merely using enough of the science fiction idiom to display […]

Zero Landfill

Zerolandfill is a local group that collects and redistributes castoff materials from interior design firms to artists, schools and other folks. [via]

Library Table Finally and Sidebar

I ran around the secondhand furniture stores and antique strip on Lorain today in search of furniture. I’d forgotten how ridiculously over-priced most of the antique places are compared to back in Indiana, but I lucked out and found a dude actually interested in selling some merchandise and finally picked up the exact kind of […]

The Very Knees, Heartwarmer

I went to Pat’s in the Flats last night to see a couple of bands. I know The Very Knees and like them muchly, and wasn’t familiar with Heartwarmer. Heartwarmer are from Kentucky and had some danceable poppy tunes, a bit reminiscent of Of Montreal sans the glam and nods to the orchestration of Arcade […]

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I ordered The Road from the library a day before I found out it won the Pulitzer, because of a year-old review from an old copy of Stop Smiling that I picked up at Pitchfork. The Pulitzer notification, coming as it did from a thread about literary critics and their derision for genre fiction, stayed […]

Floor Enigma

I’m working on refinishing the floor in what will be my master bedroom once the floor is refinished. And other sundry stuff taken care of as well. Anyway, the refinishing was going fine until I hit this strange spot where the stripper refuses to work. It won’t soften the paint or anything. I put up […]

A Few Notes

Samurai Appliance Repairman rules. HyperTemplates has some sweet stuff, but finding it is a bitch. I swear to God that the panhandling one-legged saxophonist that sits outside the West Side Market on Saturdays was playing Albert Ayler’s Love Cry today.

Dead Ringers

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #21: David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers. Dead Ringers is based on a true story about identical twin gynecologist drug addicts; both played by Jeremy Irons. The film is a psychological thriller deeply concerned with obsession, sexuality and co-dependence. Cronenberg doesn’t overdo the shots that contain both Mantle […]

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #360: William Greaves’s Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm is most interesting to me because it is a experiment in which, for the most part, the people in the film know they are being experimented upon and then become participants in the experiment themselves. It is uncontrolled metafilmmaking that defies […]

2007 Pitchfork Music Festival

I was at the Pitchfork Music Festival this past weekend. I took the Megabus to Chicago on Friday after work, even though I still didn’t have my tickets. I’d called up Ticketweb and had them hold the tickets at will call instead. Once I got there it seemed to be the case for just about […]

Dream City Box

I made another collage box last week. I’m still lacking a critical mass of materials to choose from but I think this one turned out a bit well despite the restrictions. It was also a welcome break from washing wallpaper glue, scraping linoleum off of wood floors and noticing various cock-eyed tipsies in my 107 […]

Flash Class Redux

I’m taking another Flash class today, this time through CSU instead of Tri-C. Not only is it cheaper for a longer time period, but my instructor actually knows what the hell he is talking about instead of constantly having to backtrack and recant and figure things out as he goes along like the last dude. […]

Bicycle Calculations

I’ve come to enjoy riding my bike to work, even on days like today when it is 82 degrees at 7:30 in the morning. It saves me money and is good exercise. For me it doesn’t take much longer than driving either. Time seems to be the #1 factor that people ask about; there seems […]

Summertime

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #22: David Lean’s Summertime. I didn’t like this movie. Sure, David Lean, sure Katharine Hepburn, sure Technicolor, sure boring. I think this is one of those films that doesn’t age well in terms of its accessibility to audiences. It plays pitch-perfect to pre-sexual revolution morality for […]

Wallpaper and an Overplayed Analogy

Renovating a house is a bit like taking the clothes off of a woman; there always seems to be one more layer. Today I was walking to the kitchen for some breakfast when noticed a corner curl of wallpaper sticking away from the wall. “Pull me”, it said. I pulled. The whole sheet of wallpaper […]

The Naked Kiss

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #18: Samuel Fuller’s The Naked Kiss. Sam Fuller is widely regarded as a very masculine filmmaker; his works associated with violence, bravado, exploitation, primitiveness and vulgarity. And while those associations are correct, the masculine label is misplaced. A film like The Naked Kiss illustrates Fuller’s claim […]

Linoleum Liberation

I’m spending my 4th of July soaking the dining room floor with water and scraping up the linoleum that was under the carpet and over the hard wood floors. I’ve been pulling staples and nails out of the floors for a couple of days, one room at a time and was getting quite dusty and […]

The Vanishing

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #133: George Sluizer’s The Vanishing. The Vanishing is a very 80s movie with a very 80s score. It is a pretty good thriller/horror, especially because of its unorthodox methodology. Much of the film is spent with detailed views of a sociopath’s life; the man who kidnaps […]

Drop-in [Hopefully Atypical]

The day after I got the keys to my house the previous owner showed up unexpectedly and invited himself inside. He’s an old Lebanese dude, and very attached to the house. I probably could have gotten $5k less on the price if they hadn’t felt so sentimental about the place. Anyway, this guy told me […]

Self Destruct Button, Proletarian Art Threat, Parts & Labor

I took a break from pulling staples and inhaling what might be lead paint dust to go to the Beachland for a show. Just about everyone I know in the Cleveland music scene was there, which is always a good sign. I’d even found my old “THE BOSSES YOU LOSE” shirt on my last visit […]