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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]
Also from twitch, welcome news that Alejandro Jodorowsky may be back on the film scene with King Shot, a "metaphysical spaghetti gangster film" with Nick Nolte and Marilyn Manson supposedly to begin filming soon in Mexico (of course)
And apparently Allen Klein will soon be releasing re-mastered cuts of Fando & Lis, El Topo, and The Holy Mountain on disc.
I have newly found out that I should avoid getting out of Baghdad through a certain road to the south because the Iraqi Army battalion situated there really hates my family name. People driving through that route towards the city of Hilla have been arrested just because they have that name.
The reasons people are killed for are absurd to the point of being funny. On the top of my list is wearing shorts. Teenagers in my neighbourhood have been killed for that unforgettable crime and probably it is the reason why two sportsmen who play for the Iraqi Tennis team and their trainer have been murdered.
In his Tall Glass series, Turrell adds a temporal element to his perception-altering oeuvre. Each piece consists of a core of LEDs individually programmed by Turrell to carry out a subtle shift in color over time, similar to the deliberate but beautiful fashion in which the sky changes from late afternoon to night. However, these works’ careful construction insures that the viewer will see only a large floating, subtly changing field of light – a revelatory experience of photons as tangible entities and physical presence.
Also on exhibition will be End Around, one of Turrell’s Ganzfeld works. Upon entering the chamber housing the artwork, viewers instinctively approach what appears to be a faint wall of light in the distance. But upon reaching the light source, one’s entire visual field is consumed by an apparently limitless field of blue light. Turrell engineers the Ganzfeld works to eliminate all visual cues that the human brain uses to process depth. As a result, one is unable to tell whether the ethereal blue field he sees from the platform extends for inches, feet, or into infinity. The loaded act of “moving toward the light” and the subsequent experience of limitlessness reopen the spiritual dialectic that has perpetually surrounded Turrell’s light works.
He's one of my favorite artists, since I discovered him at the Whitney in '80.
When the Roden Crater project finally opens to the public (I've been waiting for 10 years now and hope it happens before I leave AZ, whenever that transpires), you'll kick yourself for not checking out anything by this visionary.
If you visit the Phoenix area, there's also the permanent Knight Rise skyspace room at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
You make a film and you can't really pick the way it's put to the public. You control the content, but the way it's marketed, or the poster, or what they're telling the public about the film, it's beyond you. Some people don't even see them, because they think they already know it. That can be frustrating, when something you've done is marketed in a way you think is antithetical to what it is.
Or testing… You know, whenever we test-screen one of my movies for an audience, we get a response that night, right after the screening. They fill out cards and all that crap. I've often said that we should talk to these people tomorrow morning, after they wake up and have some time to think about our ending. Right now they don't like it, because it's a tragedy and they're not supposed to like it. But I wonder if tomorrow, they'd appreciate it more.
There's so many films that we all love so much, like Bonnie And Clyde and 2001, that if they were released the way films are released now, they'd have been theatrical failures. Because they didn't open big. The studios would've cut advertising money and they would've gone down in history as huge disappointments. They just got lucky and got to catch their second wind. Even critics would go back again and write a new review.
A longtime staple of Criterion Collection DVDs, Irritating Academics typically introduce themselves, then read whole passages from their books on the semiotics of slapstick (or whatever), while only occasionally noting what's happening onscreen.
Harper told the opening of the Third World Urban Forum in Vancouver that there have been misguided suggestions that Canada was a more vulnerable target for terrorists because of its culturally diverse society.
"I believe that exactly the opposite is true," Harper said in his keynote speech to applause from many of the 5,500 participants at the conference. "Canada's diversity, properly nurtured, is our great strength."
UPDATE: All of Oak Creek Canyon (one of the most beautiful canyons in the world) has been evacuated now. The fire is growing, and they probably won't even mention containment til tomorrow PM at the very earliest. It's very rough ground for firefighters.
I never listened that actively to his work, but I know I listen to artists influenced by it, and those passages in 2001: A Space Odyssey are a part of my DNA, like most people who've seen it.
Gyorgy Ligeti travelled a long road: from Romanian folk music and the tonal language of his fellow countryman Bela Bartok to his own cosmos of sounds. The mentor of a whole generation of composers, he wanted to 'fuse the fear of death with laughter'.
We have a great country. We can do better. We must embrace our Founders’ intentions that we evolve our democracy to remain true to its founding principles. Lincoln, 140 years ago, defined our government: “of the People, by the People, and for the People.” It falls to us to now give full meaning to a Government “by the People” so our common wisdom is reflected in our national policies. Today’s advances in information and communications technology provide us unprecedented ability to communicate as citizens, and all that is lacking is a political process, a mechanism, that permits the citizens to play a direct role in the operations of government.
Our country needs a renewal — a renewal not just of particular policies, or of particular people, but of democracy itself. I believe that the remedy for the state of our political alienation is the civic renewal embodied in the “National Initiative for Democracy.” The National Initiative is proposed legislation that colleagues and I have developed over the last 15 years. The National Initiative — when enacted into law — will bring all American citizens into the operations of government as lawmakers.
The researchers provided a number of examples of these changes:Canadian red squirrels reproducing earlier in the year; German blackcaps are migrating and arriving earlier to their nesting grounds; and North American mosquitoes living in the water-filled leaves of carnivorous plants are using shorter day lengths to cue the initiation of larval dormancy.
No studies have found genetic changes in animal populations dueto the generally expected direct effects of increasing temperature,said the researchers, but over evolutionary time such changes should appear, following the genetic shifts in the timing of seasonal events, the researchers added.
Small animals with short life cycles and large population sizeswill probably adapt to longer growing seasons and be able to persist, they predicted. But many large animals with longer life cycles and smaller population sizes will decline in population or be replaced by more southern species.
First off, they're for a town 20 miles away (Sedona) which presumably has enough subscribers to harvest favorites to begin with, unlike Cottonwood and vicinity -- though it's hard to believe there aren't enough here -- it IS a "metro" area of around 15,000.
Second, since a large percentage of residents are seniors, that apparently skewed the results:
Walk the Line Mrs. Henderson Presents The 4400: Season 2 Ladies in Lavender The Ice Harvest
Though on the linked page there are numbers by the titles, which may mean that the following are the top 5:
Winged Migration Love's Enduring Promise The Thing Called Love Off the Map I, Robot
Ladies in Lavender The Gift Their Eyes Were Watching God The Ice Harvest The New World Ice Age Boston Legal: Season 1 Prime Hitch Mrs. Henderson Presents Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story Garden State Taking Lives Memoirs of a Geisha Ron White: You Can't Fix Stupid Proof Walk the Line Brokeback Mountain The 4400: Season 2 Greenfingers
Think: new age, cowboys, country music -- no less than 2 Will Smith movies, which I guess means he's on TV a lot -- couldn't tell ya.
To compare, my last 10 rentals I've watched (or tried to) from netflix were:
States of Control Noi the Albino The Boondock Saints Decision Before Dawn Kinamand Gemini Repulsion Hukkle My Mother's Smile The New World
To be fair, the last 10 I actually finished were:
Decision Before Dawn Kinamand Gemini My Mother's Smile Tony Takitani The Tunnel (2001) The Chess Players Whisky The Intruder Elevator to the Gallows
So as you might imagine, there aren't many people hereabouts I talk movies with. . .
They're selling postcards of the hanging They're painting the passports brown The beauty parlor is filled with sailors The circus is in town Here comes the blind commissioner They've got him in a trance One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker The other is in his pants And the riot squad they're restless They need somewhere to go As Lady and I look out tonight From Desolation Row
Cinderella, she seems so easy "It takes one to know one," she smiles And puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style And in comes Romeo, he's moaning "You Belong to Me I Believe" And someone says," You're in the wrong place, my friend You better leave" And the only sound that's left After the ambulances go Is Cinderella sweeping up On Desolation Row
Now the moon is almost hidden The stars are beginning to hide The fortunetelling lady Has even taken all her things inside All except for Cain and Abel And the hunchback of Notre Dame Everybody is making love Or else expecting rain And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing He's getting ready for the show He's going to the carnival tonight On Desolation Row
Now Ophelia, she's 'neath the window For her I feel so afraid On her twenty-second birthday She already is an old maid
To her, death is quite romantic She wears an iron vest Her profession's her religion Her sin is her lifelessness And though her eyes are fixed upon Noah's great rainbow She spends her time peeking Into Desolation Row
Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood With his memories in a trunk Passed this way an hour ago With his friend, a jealous monk He looked so immaculately frightful As he bummed a cigarette Then he went off sniffing drainpipes And reciting the alphabet Now you would not think to look at him But he was famous long ago For playing the electric violin On Desolation Row
Dr. Filth, he keeps his world Inside of a leather cup But all his sexless patients They're trying to blow it up Now his nurse, some local loser She's in charge of the cyanide hole And she also keeps the cards that read "Have Mercy on His Soul" They all play on penny whistles You can hear them blow If you lean your head out far enough From Desolation Row
Across the street they've nailed the curtains They're getting ready for the feast The Phantom of the Opera A perfect image of a priest They're spoonfeeding Casanova To get him to feel more assured Then they'll kill him with self-confidence After poisoning him with words
And the Phantom's shouting to skinny girls "Get Outa Here If You Don't Know Casanova is just being punished for going To Desolation Row"
Now at midnight all the agents And the superhuman crew Come out and round up everyone That knows more than they do Then they bring them to the factory Where the heart-attack machine Is strapped across their shoulders And then the kerosene Is brought down from the castles By insurance men who go Check to see that nobody is escaping To Desolation Row
Praise be to Nero's Neptune The Titanic sails at dawn And everybody's shouting "Which Side Are You On?" And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot Fighting in the captain's tower While calypso singers laugh at them And fishermen hold flowers Between the windows of the sea Where lovely mermaids flow And nobody has to think too much About Desolation Row
Yes, I received your letter yesterday (About the time the door knob broke) When you asked how I was doing Was that some kind of joke? All these people that you mention Yes, I know them, they're quite lame I had to rearrange their faces And give them all another name Right now I can't read too good Don't send me no more letters no Not unless you mail them From Desolation Row
First I want to mention that I got the Maria Braun image below off google and it's similar to the cover of the Arrow release of that film, but not identical; second, I see Arrow will be releasing Bunuel's Exterminating Angelin August, and that may be a worth a buy, deending on reviews of the DVD transfer and extras included
I like TEA better than Viridiana or even Belle de jour, and figure it will eventually be released by Criterion or someone over here. But at least it will be out somewhere on disc.
I also rented El Bruto from Blockbuster a while back and it was better than I expected. Definitely worth seeing for Bunuel fans.
I hope El gets a release soon too (it's apparently available from machiaveldvd.com in a two-fer with Archibaldo de la Cruz, but the site is "on vacation" til Monday so I can't confirm it's still around -- I also doubt it's a great transfer)
The ministry said the council had found "an extensive body of material" that indicated Wal-Mart had broken norms, including employing minors against international rules, allowing hazardous working conditions at many of its suppliers and blocking workers' efforts to form unions.
It also listed other alleged Wal-Mart abuses including pressuring workers to work overtime without compensation, discriminating against women in pay and blocking "all attempts to unionise".
It said Wal-Mart employees were "in a number of cases unreasonably punished and locked in".
The council's report encompassed Wal-Mart's operations in the United States and Canada and its suppliers in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Malawi, Madagascar, Swaziland, Bangladesh, China and Indonesia.
I haven't watched any of the Fassbinder films available in North America on disc yet, so I don't know if this is as big a deal here. I liked The Marriage of Maria Braun, but I didn't vibe with his work that much. I was more of a Herzog man then, and now, as German directors go.
I just checked netflix and they carry 29 films Fassbinder directed (or acted?) in, including all of the ones listed by Arrow (IMDB lists 43 directed by him).
But I don't know how the disc quality is on these.
Certainly diehard RWF fans will want the sets anyway.
Interesting article on how the Clearstream scandal in France reflects a tradition of anonymous, poisonous and ill-intentioned informants going back hundreds of years there -- and how Clouzot's excellent film about the phenomenon Le Corbeau (raven or crow) portrayed it so iconically that informants are now referred to as "crows"
Clouzot was of course reviled at the time (1943) because of the obvious analogy to Nazi collaborators during the Occupation (though the film struck such a deeply disturbing chord that even the Resistance press attacked it and it was banned after the war). And indeed this aspect of the French character offers some insight into why the French so smoothly slotted a fascist reality so dependent on informants into their own.
The government and five news organizations agreed Friday to pay former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee $1.6 million to settle his lawsuit that accused officials of wrongly identifying him as a suspected spy for China.
Lee sued the Justice Department and the Energy Department claiming officials violated his privacy rights when they leaked damaging information about him to the press during a 1999 investigation into files allegedly missing from the nuclear research facility at Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Government officials, including then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, publicly named Lee as a target of the probe, and investigators suspected the Taiwan-born U.S. citizen was spying for China.
Lee, 66, was indicted on 59 counts of stealing nuclear weapons data from the Los Alamos facility. He was fired from his job, labeled a national security threat and spent nine months in solitary confinement. He was released in 2000 and all but one count was dismissed.
He pleaded guilty to mishandling classified computer files, a felony. A federal judge sharply criticized the prosecution's case and President Clinton apologized to Lee for his treatment. Lee now lives near Sacramento, California.
I always felt he was a patsy, and surely if there'd been any truth to the accusations, more than one of the 59 counts against him would've stuck. Yet according to A Convenient Spy his wife was working for US Intel, reporting on meetings and correspondence between US & Chinese scientists. So who knows?
I'm sure most people have forgotten about this case and don't want to be reminded anyway.
I can't help feeling some justice was done today though.
Here's a review of the Lee and Stober books form The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
It's a slim, silver, good-looking $200 set-top box called MovieBeam.
You connect the MovieBeam player directly to your TV set. Then, whenever you're in the mood for a movie, you choose from the list of 100 movies on the player's hard drive. Preposterous as this may sound, there's no monthly fee and no minimum; you're billed only for the movies you watch ($4 for a new release, $2 for an old one). You can rewind, pause, fast-forward and replay a movie you've bought — for 24 hours from your first glimpse of the opening credits.
Each week, seven or eight new movies magically show up in the player's list, pushing an equal number of old ones off to movie heaven.
This wireless movie-delivery feature gives MovieBeam its name. The company doesn't require an Internet connection or even a computer.
Wouldn't work for me, but I can see the market for it -- for now.
Biggest drawbacks are the 2C layout for the box and weak HD quality.