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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]
Movies watched (all the way through, in chronological order) in 2004
Quai des Orfèvres* The Return of the King* Le cercle rouge John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick The Work of Director Michael Gondry Gosford Park (r)* Northfork The Scarlet Letter (1925) Merci pour le chocolat Gian jui (The Eye) Black Narcissus* The Big Lebowski (r)* The Servant Ringu The Goose and the Gander The General (1998) Bob le Flambeur* Insomnia (1997) (r)* The Endurance W C Fields Shorts The Pelican Brief (r) The Big Steal (r)* Cure (1997)* David Copperfield (1935)* Executive Suite Day of the Outlaw* To Live and Die in L.A. (r)* The Others (r) Speaking Parts* Lightning Over Water Capturing the Friedmans* Thirteen (2003)* Midnight (1939) My Life as a Dog (r)* Kukushka (The Cuckoo)* The American Experience : John Brown's Holy War You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (r) Man on the Train Heroes for Sale American Splendor* It's a Gift! (1934) (r)* The River (1951) (r)* Lost in Translation* Maîtresse American Experience: Tupperware! Intolerable Cruelty Hiroshima Mon Amour* Cambridge Spies* Sylvia (2003) Runaway Jury In Search of Shakespeare Jesus' Son (r)* Shoot the Piano Player The Mothman Prophecies (r)* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (r)* Last Year at Marienbad The Second Woman Impact (1949) Matchstick Men Pieces of April* Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood* Decasia Hitler's Search for the Holy Grail School of Rock Blow Dr Akagi High and Low (1963)* The Directors: John Frankenheimer Outland (r) Baran* Les Carabiniers* Platoon (r)* Slaughterhouse Five (r)* The Duellists Ministry of Fear Repo Man (r)* Heart of Glass (r)* A Decade Under the Influence* Knife in the Water* Dirty Pretty Things* Mona Lisa Smile Shattered Glass* Nightmare (1956) Shakespeare in Love Suddenly (1954)* Onibaba* demonlover Madigan (1968) The Truman Show (r) The Killing (1956) (r)* Devil in a Blue Dress (r)* Something's Gotta Give Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance The Directors: William Friedkin Klute Prey for Rock N' Roll On Dangerous Ground (1952) Once Upon a Time in Mexico The Major and the Minor (r) The Cell (2000)* Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy* 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould* Talk to Her* Spoorlos (The Vanishing) Man on the Moon House of Sand and Fog The Source (1999)* The Black Hand (1950) The Late Show (1977) Empire of the Sun Tokyo Story* Play Misty for Me (r) Love Me or Leave Me Le Petit Soldat (r)* The Miles Davis Story The Last of Sheila* Calendar* Saboteur (r) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Scorpio Independent Lens: The Weather Underground* Love Actually Dollar (1938)* La Dolce Vita* 3 Women (r)* 10.5 Finger of Guilt Criss Cross (1949)* Phantom Lady Elephant (2003)* The Triplets of Belleville Girl With a Pearl Earring* Blondie Live by Request Exotica (r)* Party Girl (1958) Midnight Cowboy Prime Suspect 6* Pennies From Heaven (1981) In America* The Murder Man Murder in the Private Car M* Frontline: The Killer at Thurston High The Old Dark House Act of Violence* Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Bright Lights, Big City (r) Okie Noodling The Cooler (2003) Smiles of a Summer Night Frontline: The Jesus Factor The Best Years of Our Lives Prime Suspect 2* Go Tell the Spartans* Dead Ringers (r)* Comfort and Joy The Counterfeit Traitor Julius Caesar (1953) Wild Reeds Bunny Lake Is Missing Second Sight 1 (1999) Cary Grant: A Class Apart Breaking In (1989)(r)* Nosferatu (1922)* The Andromeda Strain (r)* Stalker (r)* The Animal Kingdom (r)* The Parallax View (r)* No Questions Asked Drowning By Numbers Saigon: Year of the Cat Earth (1930)* Salem's Lot (2004) The Secret Agent (1996) Shadow in the Sky Night Falls on Manhattan Scanners Love Field The Laughing Policeman A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven) (r)* Zabriskie Point* The Subject Was Roses Crisis (1950)* Year of the Gun Q & A Spartan* The 4400 (pilot) The Company Bad Santa* The Asphalt Jungle (r)* The Station Agent* Atlantic City (r)* The Days (debut) Downtown 81 Lost in La Mancha For All Mankind* Danger Signal (1945) My Life to Live (Vivre sa vie) La jetée* Eye Like a Strange Balloon* The Carey Treatment Welcome Back, Mr McDonald Siddartha The Politician's Wife Gun Crazy (1949) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (r)* The Horse's Mouth (r)* Stray Dog (1949)* Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles* Don van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff A Story of Floating Weeds* They Live By Night* Prime Suspect 3* A Mighty Wind (r)* In the Mirror of Maya Deren* Love Serenade Winged Migration After Hours (1985) (r)* Dead Like Me (pilot) Uzumaki El náufrago de la calle de Providencia Prime Suspect 4* Night Gallery (Season 1 - disc 2) One Is a Lonely Number 55 Days at Peking Lone Star (1996)(r)* The Big Easy (r) Naked Lunch (r) The Sorrow and the Pity The City of No Limits Goodbye, Lenin!* The Parson's Wife* The Puppetmaster (Hsimeng Jensheng) (1993)* Waking Life* The Lathe of Heaven (1979)(r)* Tomorrow We Live THX 1138 (r)* Fight Club (r)* Spring Summer Fall Winter . . . and Spring again* Strange Illusion Day of Wrath (1943) Bon Voyage (2003) Ordet (1955)* I lived, But (Ozu doc) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind* The Big Picture (r)* Good Men, Good Women Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy - Working With Time* The Decline of the American Empire (r)* Saved! Donnie Darko (r)* The Scent of Green Papaya* Gertrud (1964) Noises Off! Early Summer (Bakushû)* Painted Lady (1997) Wire: On the Box* Daria: Is It College Yet? (r)* Laurel Canyon (r)* Secret Honor* Conspiracy (2001)* The Return (Vozvrashcheniye)* Cloak and Dagger (1946) Mr Moto's Last Warning Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going The Day After Tomorrow Close Your Eyes Quicksand (1950) Arlington Road (r)* Festival Express Benny & Joon (r)* Facing Windows* Below Magnolia (r)* California Split* L'Atalante* What Time Is It There?* Wonder Boys (r)* Ram Dass: Fierce Grace* Bill Hicks Live!* Mystic River Iris Croupier* Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Phantom (1922)* L'Age D'Or (r)* Get Carter* Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban* A Home at the End of the World* I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Personal Velocity* Carnivale: Season One* Yi Yi* Jandek on Corwood* Forgotten Silver The Shop Around the Corner (r)* The Office: The Second Season* Kitchen Stories Tipping the Velvet How to Draw a Bunny* The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Scrooge (aka A Christmas Carol) (1951)* The Flower of Evil (Le Fleur du Mal) Out of Time (2003) Ed Wood (r)* Goodbye South, Goodbye Code 46* Go (r)*
(r) = seen it before * = particularly worth seeing
Firedrake's Eye - Patricia Finney Mr Timothy - Louis Bayard W C Fields: A Biography - James Curtis The Immoralist - André Gide Solaris - Stanislaw Lem Down There - David Goodis Ocean of Sound - David Toop The Parrot Trainer - Swain Wolfe The Long Winter - John Christopher Sacred - Dennis Lehane Gone, Baby, Gone - Dennis Lehane Prayers for Rain - Dennis Lehane Empire of the Sun - J G Ballard The Cloud Atlas - Liam Callanan The Zenith Angle - Bruce Sterling The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon The Diehard - Jon A Jackson The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson Broken Angels - Richard K Morgan Over the Shoulder - Leonard Chang The Mexican Tree Duck - James Crumley The Blind Pig - Jon A Jackson Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane Popular Music from Vittula - Mikael Niemi Cronenberg on Cronenberg Fierce People - Dirk Wittenborn Outerbridge Reach - Robert Stone Skinny Dip - Carl Hiaasen Only Apparently Real - Paul Williams Ambient - Jack Womack The Transmigration of Timothy Archer - Philip K Dick Country of Origin - Don Lee In the Shadow of No Towers - Art Spiegelman The Ordinary - Jim Grimsley
All but the last 7 or so were read before my new job started in July. Been watching films more than reading since then. netflix makes it all too easy.
But I wasn't getting much out of reading anyway. Needed a change of perspective.
Excellent-sounding exploration of pedophilia: The Woodsman, with Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and newcomer Hannah Pilkes
Particularly impressive (and emblematic of the movie as a whole) is the way in which [first-time director Nicole Kassell] conveys exactly what it is that Walter (Kevin Bacon) -- a serial molester, newly released from prison -- likes to do to little girls. The audience needs to know because we need to know whom we're looking at. At the same time, an explicit exposition would be inartistic and unwelcome. And so Kassell finds a way to communicate the information wordlessly and gracefully and yet with a clarity that's unmistakable.
That's The Woodsman in a nutshell, tasteful but not compromised. Walter leaves prison after serving a 12-year sentence, and it doesn't take long for us to realize that he has precisely the same sexual impulses that he had a dozen years before. The only question is whether he'll be able to keep those impulses in check, every minute of every day for the rest of his life. It's a daunting challenge.
Just before 4PM PT a giant 8.5 quake hit western Indonesia -- particularly Aceh -- and was felt in India, Myanmar, Singapore; tsunamis have hit Sri Lanka and Thailand, killing hundreds and flattening buildings
The one for California Split enhanced my experience of the film considerably, as it includes Altman (who sometimes rambles when alone), Gould, Segal and screenwriter Joseph Walsh, and there's a nice vibe between the 4 of them. And good info, like most of the people you see in the background are Synanon grads or members...
The one for McCabe & Mrs Miller is not as good, but still interesting. Altman and producer David Foster trade off, obviously not in the same room, but it works anyway. Altman claims he intentionally goes for an "R" rating to keep attention-deficit 14 year-olds away.
And though I didn't listen all the way through, the commentaries for Get Carter, Jandek on Corwood, Edward Yang's Yi Yi and the first disc of the Carnivale series seemed worthy. I'm going to watch all of the latter before listening to it because I don't want to know any plot details ahead of time.
On the other hand, the commentary for the new release of Buñuel's L'Age D'Or is by a Buñuel scholar and it sounds like it: the commentary is brief, very informed and dry, with long spaces in between. Read the book instead.
Ian Simmons of nth position reviews the release of 2 landmark works of sound art which have never been heard in their entirety: Brian Wilson's Smile and Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate
...I can't help seeing the story about the collapse of Schwitters' mental health during his period of internment as an enemy alien after fleeing to Britain to escape the Nazis during World War II in a different light. He apparently appalled fellow inmates by barking like a dog, causing them to fear for his sanity, having heard some of Ursonate it may have been he was just reciting his work. Either way Ursonate is a piece that still lives today and, like Smile, exists outside time. Both are as fresh and brilliant today as when they were first conceived.[link]
Streaming versions (they might be excerpts, I haven't listened) of Jaap Blonk's rendition and others' are available at Ubuweb. There's also a reproduction of the score.
The movie's creators are selling the disc at the site above, which is the best route if you have the bucks. Deep Discount DVD has the best price if you don't. And netflix carries it too -- that's how I found it in fact -- on last week's "New Release" page.
They really did a fine job with this doc, and if you know anything about Jandek you know he's not an easy sell.
Link to Steve Tisue's apparently definitive website in the "Music: Artists" section on the left.
Jandek played his first ever live show in Scotland in October.
As one reviewer put it, Jandek hasn't changed, the times have just moved closer to his reality (I'm paraphrasing).
I attended Rutgers College in the mid-70s and then again in the early 80s, and enjoyed it for the most part. But how different things might have been if I'd taken art courses when these folks were in town...
In 1959, when Lucas Samaras was a flamboyant, patchwork-dressed undergrad at Rutgers, his senior thesis show included a concrete poem with the word "Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . ." inscribing a near square with a concluding "you" appended at the end. Samaras's brilliantly jejune production resulted in a huge administrative commotion, which led to his teacher Allan Kaprow being passed over for tenure and, in 1961, leaving the school. Such incidents are entirely characteristic of the wild and crazy mood at Rutgers in the late '50s and early '60s. Roy Lichtenstein, perhaps under Kaprow's influence, made his first hand-painted Pop works in 1961 while teaching at Douglass College (Rutgers's women's school) and living in Highland Park, New Jersey. The formative viewer-interactive games, assemblages, and subversive proto-Pop and Mail art strategies of Robert Watts and George Brecht (both Rutgers faculty) were hatched at the Howard Johnson's restaurant in downtown New Brunswick, and their bacchanalian "Yam Festival" ("Yam" is May spelled backward) took place in 1963 at George Segal's nearby chicken farm. Clearly the merry band at Rutgers created a nexus for performance, Pop, Fluxus, and Conceptual art a few years later.
I remember seeing stuff about Red Grooms around campus, but his work didn't strike me then. There's a new book of reproductions and essays that sounds intriguing.