Friday, October 18, 2019

plato's cave ninety five (being a film journal)


10.6.2019
Joe Talbot - The Last Black Man in San Francisco - 2019
The construction of this film was a tad jarring much of the time but successful in the way that it portrays a dying (or dead) city and lovingly documents the atmosphere of an eccentric old house with an apocryphal history. Quite a unique film that works most of the time.

Howard Deutch - Pretty in Pink - 1986
(rewatch)
No thank you to John Hughes and his crew of melon farming Leviathan deniers, I just came by to see some Harry Dean Stanton.

10.7.2019
Carol Reed - The Third Man - 1949
(rewatch)
Endlessly dense film with many layers to investigate over repeat viewings. Joseph Cotton as an anti high-falutin writer of genre fiction is one of the great film characters, engaging in some humorous discussions with Sgt. Paine (Bernard Lee) and Crabbin (Wilfrid Hyde-White). Also a superb role for one of England's finest actors, Trevor Howard. Carol Reed's opening narration also endlessly fascinates, and one can obsess on his subtleties in diction.

10.7.2019
Bennett Miller - Moneyball - 2011
Another example of how one can hate sports and men who go about sports, but love films about sport, sports and the men who go about these activities.

Ric Roman Waugh - Shot Caller - 2017
(rewatch)
Very good film on second viewing. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has great screen presence and is a fine actor.

Amy Heckerling - Fast Times At Ridgemont High - 1982
(rewatch)
Once a year kind of film with a great cast including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Sean Penn, Ray Walston, and Robert Romanus, who plays one of the great screen sleaze-bags. For this viewer a character like Damone is what makes this a film that works on numerous levels and the Velveeta sleazes in a Hughes film reasons to not bother with them. I remember I first started listening to Led Zeppelin's Kashmir after seeing this film.

Alan Metter - Back to School - 1986
(rewatch)
A film I enjoyed as a middle schooler, hadn't seen since then, has some good jokes.

10.10.2019
John G. Avildsen - Joe - 1970
(rewatch)
Second time watching this and for the most part I can do without the majority of the film but I really love when Joe (Peter Boyle) and Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick) move their focus to the village and get into some real strange hippy business and even what Boyle calls an Or-gee. Films showing an outside view of beat and hippy culture can be really fantastic, like A Bucket of Blood. Photography is nice and dark too, and red, like someone accidentally put a red filter in there or developed the film wrong.

10.11.2019
Antoine Fuqua - Equalizer 2 - 2018
Not a film I liked much but any Denzel film I will watch.

Jordan Peele - Us - 2019
If I am honest with myself, I didn't care for this film. Had some moments though, like Elisabeth Moss' deranged performance.


10.12.2019
Vince Gilligan - El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie - 2019

Vince Gilligan - Breaking Bad season one - 2008
(rewatch)
I am no television scholar but perhaps the contemporary wave of cinematic television started with The Sopranos (1999-2007), The Wire (2002-2008) and Breaking Bad (2008-2013), all children of Twin Peaks (1990-1991). Maybe some viewers wouldn't agree or have no interest in the relationship between cinema and television, but for someone like myself growing up watching and being irritated by the majority of television in the 70s, 80s and 90s, these 4 great shows separated the shite of The Cosbys and Beverly Hills 90210 from the long form cinematic experiences that had layers of poetry, literature and were often times on the level of fine art. Breaking Bad was in a way so engaging because the trajectory of Walter White could not be expressed in a 2 hour film, his madness needed flowering or unflowering over many hours, where the experience would be full of nuances. Another initial observation of Breaking Bad was that a viewer coming to this show with a love of experimental music, field recordings, sound design and drone music, would find the sound/music here not much different than what he/she was hearing when listening to artists like Akira Rabelais or BJ Nilsen. The sound work interacts with the picture in a nice Bressonian manner, and gets into the world of abstraction with the activity (pleasure) of hearing sound that is full of texture and ethereality warping reality quite severely. The followup film El Camino I found to be a really strong sequel to this great masterwork and Aaron Paul is as excellent as always. Planning on watching again soon and the rest of the seasons of Breaking Bad.

10.13.2019
Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain - 2005
(rewatch)
Superb Ang Lee film. Reading the short story recently, one can see the script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana is a virtuosic expansion of a work that excels at brevity, there is even a book on it. And of course, Heath bloody Ledger!!!

10.14.2019
Andrew Dominik - Killing Them Softly - 2012
(rewatch)
This is one hell of a film that I love to watch over and over. Purchased the book Cogan's Trade (1974) by George V. Higgins many years ago but have yet to read. He also wrote The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1970) which was made into another raw Boston crime film. There were quite a few memorable indie films from around 2012, there was a certain feeling in the air that is exceedingly attractive. Some other films include (and many with a touch of the 1970s about them):
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (also with Ben Mendelsohn)
  • Animal Kingdom (also with Ben Mendelsohn)
  • Starred Up (also with Ben Mendelsohn)
  • The Drop (also with James Gandolfini)
  • God's Pocket (with a memorable role by Richard Jenkins)
  • Out of the Furnace (also with Sam Shepard)
  • Mud (also with Sam Shepard)
  • The Grey
  • Rampart
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Under the Skin
  • Margaret
  • Shame
  • Prisoners
  • Enemy
  • The Hunt

10.15.2019
Anthony Mann - Raw Deal - 1948
(rewatch)
More of a fan of Mann's westerns, had not seen in a while, has some great moments, John Alton was really one of the great photographers.

Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds - 1963
(rewatch)
One of the best Hitchcock films for this viewer. For many years hardly a week would go by without playing a film by old Hitchcock and if possible a read from Truffaut's Hitchcock/Truffaut (still have to see the Kent Jones film). Moving to SF at age 21 the city was very much under the influence of films like Vertigo and The Birds. These were the heaviest of the heavies for a young San Francisco wine drinking Robert Musil reading Jay DeFeo worshipping potato eater:

  • The Wrong Man (Jesus what a film)
  • Vertigo
  • Rear Window
  • North by Northwest
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • Lifeboat
  • Rebecca (also by Daphne du Maurier)
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • The 39 Steps
  • Notorious
  • Saboteur

10.16.2019
Alfred Hitchock - Shadow of a Doubt - 1943
(rewatch)
Henry Travers and Hume Cronyn engage in some good frank talk on Inee (Indian arrow poison) and other matters of killing, crime and the like. Strange undercurrents of incest, closeted homosexuality and other business discouraged in 1940s America. Near perfect film, sometimes as a viewer one can get sick of the Mid-Atlantic accent to be honest.


10.17.2019
Philip Kaufman - Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1978
(rewatch)
Very strange brief cameo of Robert Duvall playing a priest up to no good.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

plato's cave ninety four (being a film journal)

8.22.2019
Quentin Tarantino - Jackie Brown - 1997
(rewatch)
Tarantino's classic film.

8.23.2019
S. Craig Zahler - Bone Tomahawk - 2015
(rewatch)
Equally strange on a second viewing. Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins and the film a reason to watch a second time.

8.24.2019
Alexander Payne - Sideways - 2004
(rewatch)
Slightly embarrassed how many times I have watched this film. Suffering vague Bay Area depression from time to time I would watch this for the comedy. Always like buddy films and this surely a good one.

8.26.2019
Robert Benton - Twilight - 1998
Paul Newman as a private dick.

Federico Fellini - - 1963
(rewatch)
Watched this with my wife who hadn't seen it. Interesting seeing the opening shot a week later in Falling Down. Very nice extremes of black and whites.

8.27.2019
Ida Lupino - The Hitch-Hiker - 1953
Lovely film, dark as Hellfire, high contrast photography, no MF wishy washy grays.

Stan Lathan - Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones - 2019

Penelope Spheeris - The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years - 1988

8.29.2019
Sebastián Lelio - Gloria Bell - 2018
Another solid film from Mr. Lelio, I dig this guy's style. Especially the abstract photography in the dance club, and unique colors only digital photography can give you. Quite a film.

Stephen Frears - My Beautiful Laundrette - 1985
(rewatch)
Great film.

9.2.2019
Jang Hoon - A Taxi Driver - 2017

9.3.2019
Steve Wang - Drive - 1997

9.5.2019
James Gray - We Own the Night - 2007
(rewatch)

Kim Ki-duk - 3-Iron - 2004

9.7.2019
Ivo van Hove - National Theatre Live: All About Eve - 2019
Theatre at BAM live via HD video. Gillian Anderson top notch as always.

Antoine Fuqua - Training Day - 2001
(rewatch)

Shane Carruth - Upstream Color - 2013
(semi-rewatch)
Could not really remember why I was not taken by this film, but on rewatch I believe it to be the jarring editing that is a tad hard to connect with. Certainly a solidly made film but can't get into it.

9.8.2019
Andrei Tarkovsky - Stalker - 1979
(rewatch)
One of those films that made this viewer become a solid film junkie. The number of nights I have spent looking for a vein trying to get that original high I got when I watched Stalker as a teenager i cannot count.

Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married - 2008


9.9.2019
John Schlesinger - Marathon Man - 1976
(rewatch)
One of the very good conspiracy-political films of the 70s, which I like very much.

9.10.2019
Martin Scorsese - The King of Comedy - 1982
(rewatch)
Had not seen in a while, seemed a little flat this viewing.

Joel Schumacher - Falling Down - 1993
(rewatch)
Another I had not seen in a while, one of the really great portraits of Los Angeles. Came out the year I graduated high school, I am surprised I didn't move to LA after seeing this, had a strong effect on me after growing up around the slightly dull East Coast light.

9.11.2019
Nancy Buirski - By Sidney Lumet - 2015

Takashi Makino - cinéma concret - 2015
Takashi Makino - On Generation and Corruption - 2017
Takashi Makino - The Picture from Darkness - 2016

9.12.2019
Roger Donaldson - Species - 1995
I live two blocks from Michelle Williams. I will have to mention to her I saw the film next time I walk my dog by her house.

Takashi Makino - Emaki/Light - 2011
Takashi Makino - Still in Cosmos - 2009
Takashi Makino - At the Horizon - 2018
Takashi Makino - Origin of the Dreams - 2015

9.13.2019
Takashi Makino - EVE - 2002
Takashi Makino - Space Noise - 2015
Takashi Makino - Memento Stella - 2019
Three nights at Anthology Film Archive of Mr. Makino's work, starting with an early 16mm film EVE, and ending with his new 60 minute opus Memento Stella. Purely transcendental works beyond description, one can talk about the methods of constructions but these films are just pure experience, an immersion in the sublime. I found myself as a young man so transfixed by experimental film, but over the years felt quite alienated from it, which especially made these works resonate so strongly. Also these films in a way take a piss on the concept of film's superiority over digital; a trend I notice in the avant'garde and photography worlds. One wonders if an obsession for only celluloid is a bit fetishistic? And leaves little room for the idea that a true artist is someone that can conjure a sort of magic onto the screen (or the canvas or the speakers), and that the method they go about getting this magic to manifest itself is really not that important.

9.14.2019
James William Guercio - Electra Glide in Blue - 1973
One strange film with Robert Blake giving a bizarrely uncomfortable performance.

Walter Hill - 48 Hrs. - 1982
(rewatch)
Once a year type of film. Really great soundtrack and ambiance, the honky bar scene never gets old.

9.15.2019
Chad Stahelski - John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum - 2019
(rewatch)
More effective on the big screen but this is def a solid one. I love watching Wick limp around like an old man the entire film, he does a great job at getting that broken gait to explode into pure violence and mayhem.

9.17.2019
Carl Schenkel - The Mighty Quinn - 1989
Wanted to see some Schenkel films after Mindhunter season two.

Clint Eastwood - The Mule - 2018
Good anti-cell phone film, made me laugh a few times.

9.18.2019
Greg Mottola - Superbad - 2007
Funny film.

9.19.2019
Jonathan Demme - Philadelphia - 1993
(rewatch)

Greg Mottola - Adventureland - 2009
I have yet to see Mottola's film The Daytrippers, which seems to be one of those hidden gems from the 1990s, this and Superbad pretty good. Very good soundtrack.

9.18.2019 - 9.25.2019
David Milch & Michael Mann - Luck - 2011-12
(rewatch)
Felt like re-immersing myself into the world of the low-lifes of this show, particularly the crew played by Kevin Dunn (also in the first season of True Detective), Ritchie Coster, Jason Gedrick, Ian Hart and Richard Kind (most memorable in A Serious Man). It has that nice sort of Robert Altman quality where you can't totally understand what is happening much of the time. On a second viewing, I find large sections of the show hard to watch, partially seeing the depressing lives of these horses and additionally knowing that there were some deaths involved, but non-the-less this series is fully engaging and has some great moments.

9.20.2019
Ethan Hawke - Blaze - 2018
Finally seeing this film which I enjoyed very much. Some stunningly beautiful photography by Steve Cosens.

Sydney Pollack - Three Days of the Condor - 1975
(rewatch)
Another one of those 70s conspiracy thrillers...  perhaps not one of the best but certainly with some good moments like the beginning killings that are quite gripping in their randomness.

9.21.2019
Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull - 1980
(rewatch)
Just one of those great films worthy of a once a year revisit. I remember freshman year in film school seeing this in class on a 16mm print and before it started some older cats sitting in the theater ranking Scorsese films and putting this one first, and I realized I had some work to do as I had only seen Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and Last Temptation of Christ, perhaps Goodfellas. His early films especially the two docs Italianamerican and American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince were films that this young film enthusiast studied very closely. After over 25 years of rewatching this film I would agree with those youngsters that it is certainly his most powerful film, not just because of the novel explorations of the possibilities of photography, camera speeds and editing, but also the comedy/tragedy/fragility/angst of the film is so palpable and makes the viewer in a way uncomfortable even though it is just such a pleasure to watch. Just a perfect film.

Martin Scorsese - Taxi Driver - 1976
(rewatch)
Another perfect film by Scorsese.

9.23.2019
David Fincher - Gone Girl - 2014
(rewatch)
Has some pretty good moments. Carrie Coon's performance is really strong, the subtitles of it escaped me the first couple of times but were very clear this viewing. She is one of the great actors working now. I love the Trent Reznor soundtrack as well.

9.24.2019 - 9.26.2019
Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Dinner - Unbelievable 2019
Really powerful show of this true life serial bastard. Beautifully done, and in a way unique as it is a sort of female buddy cop show in some ways.

9.25.2019
Michael Ritchie - Downhill Racer - 1969
(rewatch)
Didn't have a clear memory of this film, was not totally taken by it but the skiing parts nice on the eyes.

9.26.2019
Ted Demme - Blow 2001

9.27.2019
Ava DuVernay - When They See Us - 2019
Hell of a show. Want to watch a second time as it is very subtle. Tragic.   Seeing the real life guys at the Emmy Awards made me want to watch.

9.29.2019 - 10.5.2019
Jane Campion, Garth Davis - Top of the Lake - 2013
(rewatch)
Preparing for season two with a rewatch. Some great directing, photography and actorshippe. Landscape photography up there with Lord of the Rings and even Thomas Joshua Cooper.

The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story - 2016

9.30.2019
Budd Boetticher - Buchanan Rides Alone - 1958
(rewatch)

10.2.2019
Jim Jarmusch - Gimme Danger - 2016

10.5.2019
Joe Berlinger - Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile - 2019
Ted Bundy biopic film, not so good.

Joe Berlinger - Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes - 2019
Much better than the biopic. Impressive avant'garde editing of 70s footage emphasizing the horror of Bundy's deeds and the general unease of the decade.

Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja - Aniara - 2018
Based on the 1956 science fiction poem written by the Swede Harry Martinson. Quite abstract, a little lame at times, but with some pleasant visuals.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

léviathan grå tass


Matthew Swiezynski - Léviathan Grå Tass

4k video, environmental recordings direct from camera, mostly in sync. First of many works documenting Leviathan.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

plato's cave ninety three (being a film journal)

7.17.2019
Claudia Weill - Girlfriends - 1978
Successful film at the time (Stanley Kubrick dug it) starring Melanie Mayron, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Eli Wallach and the underrated Amy Wright. Honest film about the difficulties of being a young artist in a big city, and dealing with relationships. Astounding something like this was made at the time. Contemporary films in a similar spirit could be Frances Ha or Tiny Furniture, which don't sit well with me. Something so nice about the spirit of the 1970s that after a day of living in the world of now it is so nice to just turn on the projector and be transported back to a solid period of time.

7.19.2019
Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last Emperor - 1987
(rewatch)
Such a great film, Bertolucci's best perhaps. My wife and I both saw this many times in middle school when it came out, but so different as an adult. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a great heavy and such an astounding soundtrack.

7.20.2019
Barry Levinson - Rain Man - 1988
(rewatch)
Dustin Hoffman came into my place of business about 8 years ago and was using an electric razor to shave as he browsed our wares. Was quite funny, he seemed like a good guy. This isn't a film I am that into but hadn't seen it in a while, the sleazy Cruise element of the film I enjoy.

7.22.2019
Michael Mann - Thief - 1981
(rewatch)
One of the great first films by a director, and one of the strongest films of the 1980s, has that early 80s feel which is like 1970s on heroin.

7.23.2019 - 7.25.2019
John G. Avildsen & Sylvester Stallone - Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky IV, Rocky V - 1976-1990
(rewatchs)
The first Rocky film is a 10/10, just an intensely raw film from a period of a total raw aesthetic. Philly in this film makes The Wire's Baltimore look like Disney World. The sequence where Rocky ascends the stairs of The Philadelphia Museum of Art is really an astounding bit of film magic. Like Girlfriends above, this film is one of those experiences of total pleasure where one can even for a moment not be bombarded by vocal fry and upstart uptalk. Sometimes watching old films can be like a Science Fiction film where the viewer just plugs in and is suddenly traversing time.  The later films I had not seen since I was a child. Problematic initially that they all start with a recap of the previous movie's ending fight. They have good moments but overall not in the same caliber, the third one a bit better than the rest. The fights in the films are pretty visceral and not too many films come close to the way they were constructed. My biggest problem with Creed was that the fight sequence felt like a movie trailer, here they are in Golum's words “raw and wriggling”.

7.26.2019
Bruno Dumont - L'humanité - 1999
Starts out rather Duchampian with some Étant donnés (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas, French: Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau / 2° le gaz d'éclairage) and ends quite mysteriously. Near perfect film. Superb landscape photography by Yves Cape.

Bruno Duplat - Flandres - 2016
Also shot by Yves Cape, a roller coaster of a film.

Paul Thomas Anderson - Punch-Drunk Love - 2012
(rewatch)
One of those great films. Anderson's best film in addition to Hard Eight, Inherent Vice, and There Will be Blood. The way color plays a role in the film from lens flares to décor and costumes reminds one of the Trois Couleurs trilogy.

7.27.2019
David Robert Mitchell - Under the Silver Lake - 2018
Couldn't finish this film. Feel really alienated from millennial culture these days.

7.29.2019
Luca Guadagnino - Call Me by Your Name - 2017
(rewatch)
Third time watching this film. Loved it the first time and more the second and way more the third. Interesting that James Ivory didn't like the wimpy sex scene, but I think it is nice that the camera meanders during the in and out.

7.30.2019
Trey Edward Shults - It Comes at Night - 2017
Has some good moments, good low light photography.

Wong Kar-wai - In the Mood for Love - 2001
(rewatch)
Perfect film.

Abel Ferrara - Bad Lieutenant - 1992
(rewatch)
This film I saw many times in high school when it came out, and more times the first few years of college. If I remember correctly, my father loved it and wanted to see it with me. I was so completely blown away by the film. Year later I watched the bullshit edited version not knowing that there were two versions and went into a minor depression for a few weeks. Started watching it again and assumed I was watching it proper until I get to some scenes that were edited by Disney. I will have to track down the nc-17 version. I am curious why this lame version persists.

7.31.2019
Wes Anderson - Bottle Rocket - 1996
(rewatch)

8.1.2019
Francis Lawrence - Red Sparrow - 2018

8.2.2019
Jonas Mekas - Notes on the Circus & Report from Millbrook - 1966, Travel Songs - 1981

8.4.2019
David O. Russell - The Fighter - 2010
(rewatch)
Not really on board with Mr. Russell, but gave this one a second go. I remember the HBO Lowell doc coming out when I was young and it was like a wake up that the world was not all smooth and smelling of roses.

8.6.2019
Curtis Harrington - Night Tide - 1961
(rewatch)
Classic 60s film by the sometimes avant'garde filmmaker Curtis Harrington who made The Fall of the House of Usher, and shot one of the best Kenneth Anger films Puce Moment.

8.7.2019
Mark L. Lester - Class of 1984 - 1982

Werner Herzog - Stroszek - 1977
(rewatch)
Perfect film.

8.8.2019
Abel Ferrara - Bad Lieutenant - 1992 NC-17
(rewatch)
The real version. God what a film!

8.9.2019
Steven Caple Jr. - Creed II - 2019

8.10.2019
Paul Schrader - American Gigolo - 1980
(rewatch)
The soundtrack for this film is all variations of the Blondie song, and didn't work that well. Not a bad movie besides that, a little dated though in the way Brian de Palma films can be, with the strong Hitchcock quality that seems too much pastiche.

Kathryn Bigelow - Point Break - 1991
(rewatch)
Rewatch of one of the best early 90s films.

8.11.2019
Adrian Lyne - Nine 1/2 Weeks - 1986
Very good film with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Solid NYC ambiance.

8.12.2019
Geoffrey Wright - Romper Stomper - 1992

Jim Jarmusch - Paterson - 2016
(rewatch)
Third time I believe, becoming one of my favorite Jarmusch films.

8.13.2019
Tom DiCillo - Living in Oblivion - 1995
(rewatch)
Steve Buscemi as filmmaker. Has some moments. Classic 90s indie cast.

8.14.2019
Dominik Moll - ‘Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien’ (With a Friend Like Harry) - 2000
(rewatch)
One of the great French films. Sergi López (Pan's Labyrinth) is fantastic.

8.14.2019 - 8.19.2019
Baran bo Odar Jantje Friese - Dark - 2017-2020
German tv, sort of a more tastefully done Stranger Things. Mostly pretty good soundtrack by Ben Frost, except when he gets high-pitched. Enjoyed the show, beautifully shot.

8.15.2019
Alexandre Rockwell - In the Soup - 1992
(rewatch)
Another Steve Buscemi as filmmaker, or potentially one. I remember seeing this and Living in Oblivion in the late 90s and not really liking the style, but gave them another go being a huge Buscemi and Seymour Cassel fan. The interactions between the 2 actors in this film are really worth seeing even though it is not a fully captivating film, pretty good though for the most part.

8.15.2019
Joanna Hogg - The Souvenir - 2019
Very nice film, mix of 16mm and digital video that looks great, and through possibly the fidelity and grain adds much to the levels of depression and despair of the film.

8.16.2019
Bruno Dumont - The Life of Jesus - 1997

Harmony Korine - The Beach Bum - 2019
Romcom from Harmony Korine. I enjoyed Matthew McConaughey's performance.

8.17.2019
Paul Schrader - Light Sleeper - 1992
(rewatch)
Once or twice a year type of film, such a great ambiance to the film.

Andrew Niccol - Gattaca - 1997
(rewatch)

8.17.2019
David Fincher, Andrew Dominik, Carl Franklin - Mindhunter season two - 2019
Good show, enjoyed more than season one. Damon Herriman plays Chuck Manson here and in Once Upon a Time.

8.20.2019
David Anspaugh - Hoosiers - 1986
(rewatch)
Master class on how the relationship between music, cinematography, and editing can create a bit of emotion, even if sentimental. As a youngster this relationship bugged the shit out of me but now at age 44, with a drink in my hand and not really giving a shit it is kind of interest to watch.

Andrew Davis - The Package - 1989
A second Gene Hackman film. Also the late great John Heard.

8.21.2019
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood - 2019
I am a fan of Tarantino's Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, the latter took a while for me to get into, but now hard not to appreciate it. Besides those, I haven't really been a fan of his work, especially the last decade and a half. Although he always has a few great scenes like the Michael Fassbinder bar scene from Inglourious Basterds, which I have seen a few times. I came to Once Upon a Time thinking I wouldn't dig it, even though the subject matter is right up my alley: 1969, Sixties Los Angeles, Westerns and drunken western actors, the Manson crew (my father dated the famous Manson girl from New Hampshire when they were both in high school, pre-Chuck Manson), and the seedier side of the street in general which one finds in the City of Sin. Initially watching the film I was really struck by Mr. Pitt's performance and general character, also by the look of the film, and then Leo and his role really grew on me. Leo in his trailer yelling at himself was one hell of a great performance. The comedy of the film was just tear enduing, especially Leo yelling at the hippie crew and the end bloodbath. Some parts I could do without, mainly the Tate moments, but damn it was a pretty good film and I would see it again. One bit of interest was my wife and I went out of the way to see it on 35mm, and I guess the projectionist was new to the business or out of practice because there were numerous vertical scratches on the film that I am pretty sure where occurring as we saw them, and after about 10 minutes he shut the projector down I am guessing to give the damn thing a clean (why didn't he shoot a bit of spit in there?) and it started running a bit cleaner to just end up getting pretty scratchy 10 minutes later. I am guessing the few millennials that noticed thought it was intentional on Mr. Tarantino's part? In a way it added to the charm of the screening.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

dragonem sometimes




all the faces blur
and glares on white walls
all the sounds
of dragonem sometimes

Monday, July 22, 2019

just dirt, recent photography



fireflies ~ prospect park, brooklyn new york




trees & light ~ prospect park, brooklyn new york





just dirt ~ pine meadows trail, sloatsburg new york



dark tree ~ , brooklyn new york



the devil's eye ~ hudson new york