Category Archives: Film

favorite list two,000 twelve end of media collect

Most likely, top 10 lists are bad for the ego and intelligence, so I’m just doing a little round up. None of this is in any particular order, although if it appears first, it’s probably a good thing as it likely means it’s been lodged at the forefront of my memory.

.

Favorite films: 

The Master, Amour, Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Skyfall.

.

Most disappointing films: 

Prometheus, Cloud Atlas, The Grey (although this doesn’t really count, since I couldn’t finish it.)

.

To-See List:

Safety Not Guaranteed, This is Not a Film, Searching for Sugar Man, Compliance, Pitch Perfect, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Looper, Take This Waltz, Wuthering Heights, Red Hook Summer, Argo, Flight, Wreck-it-Ralph, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Anna Karenina, Promised Land, Hitchcock, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Lincoln, Starlet, Cabin in the Woods, Samsara, Holy Motors, The Invisible War, Shut Up and Play the Hits, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

.

Best Total Ripoff:.

Howard Shore’s Death of Gandalf music used in the Man of Steel teaser.

.

.

.

Favorite albums:

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…, Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold, Tame Impala – Lonerism, Grizzly Bear – Shields, The Robert Glaspar Experiment – Black Radio, Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas, Chairlift – Something, Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Beach House – Bloom, Ty Segall – Twins, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. City, Mac DeMarco – 2, Diiv – Oshin, Actress – R.I.P.
.

Most disappointing albums:

WHY? – Mumps etc., fun. – Some Nights, Yeasayer – Fragrant World, G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer, The XX – Coexist.

.
Possibly good but def over rated, sue me:

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange, Jessie Ware – Devotion, TNGHT – TNGHT, How to Dress Well – Total Loss, Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d City,  Passion Pit – Gossamer.

.

Most Ironically Aptly Named Album:

Mumford & Sons – Babel.

.

Why though:

Bloc Party – Four, Captain Murphy, The Bob Dylan Interview in Rolling Stone Magazine, Jay-Z in every movie trailer, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2 Chainz, Any of the Titans, not leaving the novel Cloud Atlas alone, Total Recall, the website of Total Recall that might be spelled with a “k,” the first half of The Hobbit.

.

.

.

Favorite Books released in 2012:

Mary Ruefle – Madness, Rack, & Honey: Collected Lectures, Natasha Trethewey – Thrall, Jordan Seng – Miracle Work,  Ashley Farmer – Farm Town (chapbook). (I read a lot this year, but most of them were books I am still reading, most of them poetry, or older books, so this list is short.)

.

Quickest Created Meme:

Binders Full of Women

.

.

Once again

it seems I’ve resolved to blog regularly.

But not before seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild.
.
.
.
.
.

The Waters Saw You; They were Afraid

 

 

know Whom you serve

 

 

 

Another Year

I watched Mike Leigh’s Another Year tonight. It had woven within it something that I cannot name. Maybe it is the reason why I still read stories or listen to sad songs, or beautiful songs, or will look at pictures of faces. Maybe it’s just one reason of many equally undefinable reasons.

It made me think that maybe I can grow old, walk through long years over and over again and die good, proving a hundred angry songs wrong. Maybe I can become a man without selling my soul to cool, and give until it hurts and wake up the next day and find reasons to call joy into life. Maybe I can be good. Maybe I can die good. Maybe I can be relentless and good for many years no matter what they say, until death makes me stop.

Every summer, I come back home and at some point will believe the lie that I have no friends, I never have, and will never make any, and all the memories I have of love and laughter are hollow elegant tricks I feed my brain. Each summer I fly home, and days become quiet, and still, and the phone is quiet and still, and eventually I let myself hear stupid things. Sometimes I’ll think thoughts I’d never tell myself, like “You are lonely.” “You are the only one.” “You’re gonna die alone.”

But what is alone? In the truest sense of that word, I have never been alone. I think everyone has some brand of abundance, and if they deny it and don’t see this then they will become depressed, and will try to take from other people.

I think I’m starting to see the abundance. I have a license to give without reserve. I see that this can be difficult, but I think I can do it, and I think I can do it for this year, and the next year until my years are done.

This film is “unmarketable.” It consists of long scenes of everyday talk. The main characters are not hip anti heroes. They are just good people trying to make the most of things. There is no flashy camera action. There is no mega indie minimalist one-shot trendy camera style that is equally asking to be noticed. Scripture is read in the film once and it’s not supposed to be a subtle satirical message about organized religion. Good characters smile and laugh in the film, and it’s not supposed to be a subtle satirical message about people who seem to do the right thing but only act happy. There are long silences. There are lonely people, and sad people. The film sees these people, perhaps not knowing what to do with them, but it sees them and it really looks, and it causes others to look, like John Lennon did, even though he didn’t have answers and he only had a guitar. In this film, there are uncool people. There are good people.
Everybody is talking about Transformers 3 right now, because it’s dope or whatever, or several months ago it was something else that was super funny, or really cool and awesome and well made, and most people will never see this movie, because this movie is a “boring movie.”

But I was riveted, because I saw that there are still good guys walking around who see the lonely people and who still give a shit and do something about it, even if it’s just opening up the front door for the night. Even if nobody gives them credit. Even if people don’t know you saved the world. Even if a hot girl you know doesn’t know you saved the world. And there are still people who want to talk about these people or be like these people. I don’t want to be Sam Witwicky with his supermodel girl thing who replaced Megan Fox, who people talk about because he saved the world in New York or someplace slick and modern and full of potential fans and drinking buddies. I want to be the old man who opens the door for the night to the lonely people.

Mid-Year Report

A few lists I made, because hey y’all, lists are comin back in style, mark my words. All of these lists are in no particular order, because the law states that I don’t need to do that until the end of the year.

My So Far-vorite Albums of 2011.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
The Antlers – Burst Apart
James Blake – James Blake
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Battles – Gloss Drop
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Adele – 21
Washed Out – Within & Without
Beyoncé – 4
The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Wild Beasts – Smother
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

————————————————–

Discovered albums/ albums that I realized I loved/loved a lot more this year:

Mos Def – Black on Both Sides
Justin Bieber – My World 2.0
Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP
Jackie Wilson – The Jackie Wilson Story
Menomena – Friend & Foe
Santigold – Santogold (but really only “Lights Out,” and “I’m a Lady”).
Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings the Blues
Black Star – S/T
Grizzly Bear – Friend EP

————————————————–

So Far-vorite Movies of 2011:
(I’ve seen close to none. These, however, are in order.)

The Tree of Life
Hanna
Super 8
X-Men: First Class

————————————————–

Best Graduation Commencement Address:

Conan at Dartmouth

.

Fake Criterions

My roommate Logan told me about a tumblr site called fake criterions that posted covers for movies which have no chance of ever getting to be in the Criterion Collection. It sounded awesome but I’m unable to find the site as it’s listed as a parked domain. Google search produced some results though, which are about as intriguing as they are hilarious. They manage to make fun of bad movies, the Criterion snobbery, and design patterns all at once. It is pretty fascinating that some people have found a science for the cover aesthetic of quality content.


Cameras in Japan

Some friends and I had the opportunity to go to Japan and make a short film directed by one of our professors Dean Yamada. We’ve been blogging avidly, and here is a thing I wrote for it. Read the rest if you are interested, I really think this will be something good.