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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've read Dawn, Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents, all of which I found intriguing, though they aren't easy reads, but more challenging literature towards Samuel Delany's Dhalgren in psychological complexity and in portraying a dystopian near-future (though this is not to draw any other comparisons -- these are 2 very different writers, though they are the 2 most prominent black SF writers).
I'm sure I'll get back to her work sometime, and I'm sorry she never completed the third Parable book.
She will undoubtedly be acknowledged in closer estimation to her worth in future years.
Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. Shivratri (Sanskrit 'ratri' = night) is the night when he is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. The festival is observed for one day and one night only.
Always liked him, from The Outsider (my first exposure to the PI genre -- or the one that took) through The 48 Hour Mile (a private dick TV movie with Carrie Snodgress & William Windom which always stuck with me, partly because of the scene where Snodgress's character slips him LSD) to the ahead-of-its-time Tribes (directed by Something the Lord Made's Joe Sargent) to for me his most memorable role as Kolchak in The Night Stalker, particularly the pilot and the follow-up The Night Strangler with the scenes in "Old Seattle's underground ruins" which tripped me out.
Looking back at those IMDB pages, I see that the Night Stalker pilot was the most watched TV movie up to that time.
I was never that much into A Christmas Story, which was his most famous role, nor were the 2 episodes of X Files he was in very memorable.
But some of my favorite memories of television included McGavin.
I liked Cure a lot too, but I think Kairo is more successful.
One note: the Region 3 release I have of Kairo edits out the sound of a key scene towards the end, which involves a plane. Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that it might work better that way, oddly enough. More on that after the Region 1 release (which apparently does not edit out the sound) has been out for awhile.
Astrologically, the next few days -- particularly Monday & Tuesday -- look a bit dicey:
As a result it is best to expect a disruptive period of moods with high stress and anxiety. . . This may appear quite daunting but provided one can exercise a measure of restraint and tolerance then coming days may not be too turbulent.
However there is always the behaviour of others to contend with and this may become provocative, argumentative, rebellious, or otherwise keen to pick an argument just for the sake of it.
Tsukamoto's 2000 suspense thriller Gemini (Soseiji) will be released by Image in North America May 23 & Bad Cop Bon Cop the first "quintessentially Canadian, bilingual" buddy cop movie will be out in Canada (at least) this summer -- which only a transplanted Canadian would be interested in I guess
The digitally obsessed review of Sally Potter's Yes DVD, surely one of the best films of last year, of the last five
Come to think of it, while Yes is easy enough to comprehend on a level of pure plot mechanics, I'm not sure I get a lot of it. Why, for example, is the dialogue written in poetic form? With a contemporary setting and language, it seems an odd choice. Why slather on so much symbolism? Why try to tackle so many controversial issues? This is one case where, I think, what exactly everything means isn't really an issue, because Potter has clearly put a lot of herself into making a deeply personal film. The stylized speech captures the heightened emotions she must have felt weighing these issues—wars over oil, suicide bombings, religious persecution—and the cleaning metaphors have their own odd lyricism.
One of Joan Allen's best roles, and one I've no doubt she's particularly proud of.
The script is entirely in iambic pentameter, but is so well done you hardly notice -- except for the rich layering of meaning which requires several viewings to er dissect...
It reminds me of Masked and Anonymous, because of the mannered script, actually. It succeeds to a greater degree than the latter, but both films come across amazingly well considering how terminally pretentious such artistic conceit usually ends up being.
Most of the films I enjoyed most last year were released in earlier years (like Last Life in the Universe & Goodbye Dragon Inn & Stage Beauty) in other countries, but these 2 were perhaps the best I saw last year of those officially released last year in North America.
But when a movie is released in the American theaters matters so little to me, that this seems like an artificial, arbitrary categorization.
DVD Savant review of the new Dune DVD, with both Lynch's cut and the extended TV version in widescreen
Like the author, I actually quite liked the original; unlike the author, I had read the book, long before as a teenager.
I agree with his conclusions. This is the edition to have, since it contains both versions, and while there are scenes added to the Lynch cut which are pleasing to see, the extended cut remains edited in the version shown on TV, and has little of the dramatic tension of Lynch's version.
Neither is truly satisfying, and it is a shame there will be no new director's cut.
But Dune remains one of the most interesting film versions of a sf epic, and has some great scenes.
Still, if I were rich, I'd grab this in a heartbeat. There are 25 films included, most of which aren't available elsewhere, certainly not in quality transfers. These are the ones you've heard about (like the short wherein he eats his shoe, satisfying a bet with Kinski), but probably never seen.
I've made my way through most of the first Anchor Bay box (without Kinski), and though I'm not crazy about Fata Morgana or Lessons of Darkness, the other five films (Heart of Glass, Even Dwarfs Started Small, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek & -- though I haven't seen it yet -- Little Dieter Needs to Fly) more than make up for them.
Glass & Dwarfs are just remarkable experiences. As are Aguirre, the Wrath of God & his remake of Nosferatu with Kinski, Bruno Ganz and Isabelle Adjani in the other box. I haven't seen My Best Fiend, Herzog's tribute to Kinski, yet either, but I hear it's up there too.
A recent post summarizing recent examples of Herzog's sangfroid at cinemarati.
The government concluded its "Cyber Storm" wargame Friday, its biggest-ever exercise to test how it would respond to devastating attacks over the Internet from anti-globalization activists, underground hackers and bloggers.
Participants confirmed parts of the worldwide simulation challenged government officials and industry executives to respond to deliberate misinformation campaigns and activist calls by Internet bloggers, online diarists whose "Web logs" include political rantings and musings about current events.
The Internet survived, even against fictional abuses against the world's computers on a scale typical for Fox's popular "24" television series. Experts depicted hackers who shut down electricity in 10 states, failures in vital systems for online banking and retail sales, infected discs mistakenly distributed by commercial software companies and critical flaws discovered in core Internet technology. [my emphasis]
"Activist" bloggers? "Rantings and musings" that threaten American civiization?
Clearly certain privileged factions within the government are once again experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs...
And an interview with President of the Film Noir Foundation Eddie Muller, who just hosted the Film Noir 4 Festival in San Francisco -- with whom I share enthusiasm for The Breaking Point, the version of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not much closer to the book than the Bogart/Bacall vehicle, starring John Garfield & Patricia Neal. It's still not out on disc.
Table of the Elements site finally up (kind of); Leif Inge's 9 Beet Stretch DVD is listed but not available yet, nor is the 3CD/5LP set of John Cale's early experimental music. Much classic minimalism here.
Mr Magoo to musique concrete to recombining shortwave transmissions: Tod Dockstader's homepage. Dockstader started out as a special effects specialist and sound engineer, then began experimenting with musique concrete in the 60s. A lack of academic credentials prevented access to equipment he needed, so he spent years doing educational films. He "retired" in 1990 and began working with computers, remixing shortwave radio transmissions and releasing the results on sub rosa as Aerial vols. 1-3 (the third volume is yet to be released).
As an 11 year old, I visited Expo 67 with my family in Montreal and heard his work for the first time (aside from Mr Magoo) at the Air Canada pavilion, on which he was an "audio-visual designer".
Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, art and music is the daughter of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus — the symbol of true knowledge — in the second. With her other two hands she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the veena. She is dressed in white — the symbol of purity — and rides on a white swan that symbolises Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination. Saraswati is also a prominent figure in Buddhist iconography — the consort of Manjushri.
I think I could use more wisdom and beauty in my life come to think of it...