Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Things to See

Despite the fact that I'm not even halfway through The State boxset sitting next to my DVD player and I still need to finish watching borrowed copies of Spider Baby, Proof (1991) & a 2-disc Serge Gainsbourg collection, here's a short list of movies I want to watch right now.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a I'vebeenwantingtowatchthesefilmsforsolong kind of list, it's more of a I'vehadthesefilmsonthebrain list:

Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
Man on Wire
The Red Shoes
World's Greatest Dad
Andrei Rublev
Made in U.S.A. (which I've seen only in french without subtitles)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Guess I Just Wasn't Made For These Times....

Perhaps now is a bad time to out myself as a fan of Mad Men since has pervaded the interwebs and this image has been papering bus stops and billboards everywhere for weeks. But I have to confess, more so than the soap opera-esque storylines of secret identities and infidelities galore, I'm taken in by the relentlessly appealing mise-en-scène: the eye candy of early 1960's costumes, furniture, hairstyles and, admittedly, the constant drinking and smoking that never fails to look artful or charming. Because, once --just once, I'd like to stroll into work and pour myself some whiskey from a fancy decantor.

Update: More awesome nerdiness can be found at The Footnotes of Mad Men

Monday, August 17, 2009

Proof There is No God

Exhibit A: A sequel to White Chicks is currently in the works


Exhibit B: Because White Chicks grossed over $70 million in 2004

Friday, August 14, 2009


The Paris Hotel, like nearly everything else is Las Vegas, is a Baudrillardian landscape of half-cocked simulation and middle American escapism. Add to this any music relating to France (Edith Piaf? check. Serge Gainsbourg? check. "Lady Marmelade" as performed in 2001 by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink? check.) along with copious amounts of tourists buying crepes! Arc de Triomphe snow globes! boisson alcoolisée! and you've got yourself the ultimate postmodern getaway.

In conclusion, I've decided I need not visit Paris (the city) unless I wish to be disappointed by its lack of painted skies and novelty booze.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Baked Failure

Cake Wrecks is my new favorite ultra-time-wasting website




I Could Watch This All Day Part ll

I've never seen the Neil LaBute's 2006 remake of The Wicker Man, and thanks to this clip reel, I don't need to.

I Could Watch This All Day Part l

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just Like Honey

There are a few interesting facts you should know about Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive ---for example, that Luis Cuadrado's cinematography can only be described as nothing short of amazing, despite the fact that Cuadrado was going blind during filming. And that of the 1000 total shots in the film, exactly 500 are shot inside and 500 are shot outside.

The Spirit of the Beehive is also #1 on James Franco's Criterion Top 10 list. And really, if anyone should dictate your viewing selections, it's Daniel Desario.