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"He who does not at some time, with definite determination consent to the terribleness of life, or even exalt in it, never takes possession of the inexpressible fullness of the power of our existence."
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-- Akhenaton, "Hymn to the Sun"
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WHAT I'VE SEEN LATELY:
(r) = re-viewing
God Told Me To (1976, Cohen)
Whispering City (1947, Otsep)
Times and Winds (2006, Erdem)
Dirty Money (Un flic) (1972, Melville)
10th District Court (2004, Depardon)
RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2007, O'Sullivan)
The Furies (1950, Mann)
In a Lonely Place (1950, Ray)(r)
The Adjuster (1991, Egoyan)(r)
Mad Men The Buddha of Suburbia Intelligence (2006, Haddock) Family Guy
SUGGESTED VIEWING: The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004, Curtis) [available for streaming/download here]
I dedicated my meaningful lifetime to my dear nation by abandoning my personal life - one can't catch two melons with one hand. That's why I had to leave behind my personal delights. I do not blame myself at all for treating myself in such an enduring and ruthless way
This has been a public service announcement: this kind of sacrifice should not go unnoticed by the rest of the world, despite widespread shunning of this Shining Light of Leadership in Central Asia by the western media.
Give it up folks!!
How I miss the days when such dementia in world leaders was faraway and easily ignored...
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, is the second filed with assistance from the Writers Guild of America, west, which is trying to pressure producers to agree to an industrywide contract with those who "write" the supposedly unscripted shows.
The latest suit was filed on behalf of 10 writers and editors and is seeking class-action status. It claims that Fox and Rocket Science Laboratories, the producer of seven reality shows on Fox, required employees to falsify time cards, failed to pay overtime and routinely required plaintiffs to work 12 hours a day or more.
Last month, a group of 12 writers sued ABC, CBS, WB and Turner Broadcasting System Inc., as well as several other producers, making similar claims.
Be great to see what kind of seedy, brutalized noir one of these writers could pull out of that experience...
Figuring out whether I want to put Apocalypse Now Redux on my amazon list recently, I found out from an amazon reviewer that a 5 and a half hour work print is available (I won't link to it, but I'll give you 5 minutes to find a link on this page which will lead you to it)
After reading this review, I think I'll wait for something more definitive. Obviously the work print isn't very good quality, but it's ridiculous for a film this notorious and important to have a barebones release, when there's so much more to see -- pivotal and fascinating scenes of far more significance than the plantation sequence included in Redux -- even in a rough cut.
Things have turned so sour that the Getty has employed an outside public relations consultant named Michael Sitrick. The Getty's in-house head of public relations resigned from her $300,000 per year job this summer.
Mr Sitrik, whose clients have included Halle Berry, R Kelly and the Catholic Diocese of Los Angeles, was dubbed "the flack for when you're under attack" by Forbes magazine.
It will be his job to protect Mr Brand, a 47-year-old Australian from a modest museum in Virginia, who will take over the director's job in January.
Asked about his concerns given the upheavals, claims of financial scandal and resignations, Mr Brand appeared concerned only with the price of property in Los Angeles compared with Virginia.
What legacy is passed down to generations when a family is a giant tobacco producer? Filmmaker Ross McElwee (Sherman's March, "Time Indefinite" - P.O.V. 1994), whose great-grandfather created the famous Bull Durham brand in his native North Carolina, takes viewers on an autobiographical journey across that state's social, economic and psychological tobacco terrain. Wise and wry, this meditation on the allure of cigarettes looks at loss and preservation, addiction and denial. Bright Leaves also examines filmmaking itself, as McElwee grapples with home movies, a vintage Hollywood melodrama and his own efforts to document North Carolina and his family.
In this wicked animated comedy, Mel Wax (Michael McKean) is the head of a dysfunctional Hollywood indie movie studio, Hopeless Pictures, so named after his deceased parents, Hope and Les. In the land where a studio chief is only as good as his last big flop, Wax struggles to reign in out-of-control, pill-popping Swedish directors and egomaniacal stars, while coping with a vengeful soon-to-be ex-wife (Lisa Kudrow), assorted affairs, his idiot nephew/head of production (Bob Balaban), a hostile takeover and an inept psychiatrist, Dr. Stein (Jonathan Katz). Jennifer Coolidge plays Hopeless Pictures' head of development, Tracy, as well as actress Nina Boroslova.
Also, a big "Salam!" to all the visitors from Iran I've had in the last few days. Salam Aleikom!
The upcoming Coen Brothers Collection would be a great deal if it featured Miller's Crossing and O Brother Where Art Thou? instead of The Man Who Wasn't There and Intolerable Cruelty, along with The Big Lebowski and Blood Simple
I don't expect much from the extras, knowing the Coens, but just the barebones would be a good deal...
I'd settle for Barton Fink & Raising Arizona in an expansive mood.
Ehrenreich: "The emphasis in today's corporate culture seems to be all on "personality" — especially "likeability" — rather than on skills or experience. Coaches tell you that you can alter the universe with your thoughts. Networking groups turn out to be proselytizing events for the Christian Right. A lot of this is funny — or would be if it didn't involve the lives of so many real people who have been laid-off, downsized, "riffed," and "re-orged" out of their jobs and now find themselves having to sell their homes and take on Nickel and Dimed-type jobs at near-minimum wages."
Ellen Burstyn & Nicholas Cage star in Wicker Man re-make; Meryl Streep to play Martha Mitchell in Watergate movieDirty Tricks, along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Maureen Dean and Annette Bening as correspondent Helen Thomas
I'd rather see a Watergate film that dropped hints about evidence from Silent Coup about Woodward's past as a Naval spook with abiding ties to the military, and John Dean's attempt to bury evidence that might implicate his wife in a callgirl ring. As well as the likelihood that George H W Bush was involved with Nixon in the JFK assassination. Just to show how much deeper and weirder the whole scene was than most people believe.
She told the audience of veterans from World War Two to today's war in Iraq, that the two main things she plans to tell the man she holds responsible for son Casey's death are "Quit saying that U.S. troops died for a noble cause in Iraq, unless you say, 'well, except for Casey Sheehan.' Don't you dare spill any more blood in Casey's name. You do not have permission to use my son's name."
"And the other thing I want him to tell me is 'just what was the noble cause Casey died for?' Was it freedom and democracy? Bullshit! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East. We're not freer here, thanks to your PATRIOT Act. Iraq is not free. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism," she exclaimed.
"There, I used the 'I' word - imperialism," the 48 year-old mother quipped. "And now I'm going to use another 'I' word - impeachment - because we cannot have these people pardoned. They need to be tried on war crimes and go to jail." [link]
If you're looking for an alternative to the slow-loading-(on my dialup anyway)-and-recently-changed-to-a-less-informative-and-less-navigable-format all music guide, Piero Scaruffi's music site is one very subjective but well-informed alternative
Of course all music is more comprehensive and indispensable. But since the site design change, I find I rarely visit it because it doesn't have the information it used to, or else it's buried somewhere I haven't uncovered.
Though on a related note, MSNBC/WP quotes an administration official sheepishly admitting that "[w]e are in a process of absorbing the factors of the situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the beginning [of the Iraq invasion]," before detailing a long list of unrealized goals.
Americans will be paying for that unreality (in many ways) for a long time.
Dealing with Abu Ghraib and the institutionalization of terror & torture mandated by shrub & co is no doubt far down the road. As is the recognition of the profoundly un-American and fascistic nature of the PATRIOT Act et al.
At least we seem to be entering the first stage of realizing the spell/denial exists...
Prices for flat panels have finally begun to tumble — by as much as 35 percent in the past year — as soaring demand for the two leading flat-panel technologies, plasma and liquid crystal display, or LCD, attracts a host of new competitors.
When it comes to picture, most analysts say CRTs are just as good as flat panels, yet many consumers are under the assumption that flat panels are all high definition and thus offer better picture quality. In retail showrooms, flat panels typically display high-definition digital content, so they look superior to CRTs.
Consumers don't always know that some flat panels can't receive high definition, or that CRTs can be formatted to get such programming.
When it comes to performance among flat-panel makers, paying more doesn't necessarily mean a better picture, said Eric Haruki, an analyst for research firm IDC.
More than 90 percent of the world's LCD panels are supplied by five companies, so top-tier brands and generics often share the same components, according to Haruki.
"Some of these companies buy top-notch components from the big players and rebrand them," Haruki said. "The technology is pretty good across the board."
I don't get that she did near her best work in films, though I never saw her onstage of course. She was in Kazan's pivotal classic Panic in the Streets as Richard Widmark's wife, and Hitchcock fans know her from Vertigo (the girl Jimmy Stewart should have er fallen for instead of Kim Novak...). Also opposite Robert Mitchum in one of his better films (and a classic Western), Blood on the Moon.
I never watched Dallas either, and that's what most people in the world know her for, playing the Ewing matriarch.
Someone I'll bet was a good person to meet and know, unlike many in showbiz.
Most Western nunsploitation films exist primarily to showcase nymphomaniacal nuns running amuck and indulging in lesbian gropes behind cloistered walls, and while School of the Holy Beast certainly indulges in these taboo treats to a certain extent, most of its shock value lies in the casual blasphemy of its dialogue and tortures. Catholic-based countries are usually careful to tiptoe around anything that directly insults the Bible, but coming from a decidedly non-Christian country, this particular take has no qualms about having its sympathetic heroine lashing out at not only the sadistic Mother Superior and her lackey priest cohort but against every tenet of the Good Book itself. From a dialogue standpoint alone, this carries more of a transgressive punch than a dozen similar Joe D'Amato films. Of course, the proceedings are so over the top it would take a particularly sensitive viewer to be genuinely offended; by the time the snowy Christmas Eve finale rolls around - in which poisoning and a bell tower play a key role - all but the staunchest cult fans will surely be doubting their sanity.
I couldn't get into the first volume of his autobiography Blessings in Disguise at all, and for the same reason as most -- he revealed about as much as Paul Bowles does in his. But Read was a personal friend, and his access to letters and unpublished diaries made available by Guinness' widow and son make this an essential book on this unique actor, from what I see. The last link above delves satisfyingly into the revelations if you aren't into reading the book, which some American reviewers were less than enamored with, partly due to its 600+ page length.
Should've posted this earlier, but . . . tonite at 10PM Arizona Time PBS is showing Jessica Yu's In the Realms of the Unreal on their P.O.V. series, a documentary about artist Henry Darger, a Chicago janitor who wrote a 15,000 page novel and created remarkable illustrations of his fantasy world
"In the Realms of the Unreal" is Yu's inventive and loving rendition of Darger's grim life and wildly creative work. It contains, among other marvels, the seven angelic Vivian Girls, who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men, and Darger's own alter ego, General Darger, who aids the girls in their bloody battles against the evil Glandelinian army. Yu employs dreamlike animation of Darger's art, a haunting musical score by Jeff Beal, and narration taken from Darger's 15,000-page opus, "In the Realms of the Unreal," read by actors Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine, to immerse the audience in Darger's tempestuous alternate universe of innocence in epic struggle with wickedness. Out of the bleakest of existences, Darger obsessively fashioned a fantastic world where goodness and courage hold out — if just barely — over the treachery that lurks in men's hearts. Darger held several jobs in his life. He'd been a farm laborer, soldier, janitor, dishwasher, and roller of gauze bandages. But no one would have thought of him as an artist, or anything other than what he seemed: a poor, unkempt, ill-educated, half-mad man lost in the fog of his own loneliness. If those around him failed to guess Darger's secret life, they can hardly be blamed. Darger himself, in the massive unfinished autobiography he left behind, along with the single-spaced 15,000-page "novel" (and 8,000-page unfinished sequel), mentions his creative efforts only once in passing, even though those efforts must have absorbed his every free moment.
It's being repeated Friday at 4AM here, so you can probably tape it later in the week if you read this later, check your PBS affiliate's schedule. It's also out on disc, I know netflix carries it.