12 August 2009
05 August 2009
29 July 2009

via copyranter, via Consumerist, via BoingBoing

26 July 2009
22 July 2009
20 July 2009

Attempting to watch all of Godard's films, in order, starting today with 'À bout de souffle'.

Getting an 11-DVD Godard box set for €9.99 has reinvigorated my plan to watch Godard's completely filmography (well, at least all of the features) in chronological order, which means starting with this one. This is the first time I've ever seen this in widescreen and the difference is astounding, as I previously though this wasn't something I'd ever be able to sit through again. It's hard to say something poignant here about one of the few films that truly changed the history of cinema forever. Though the first and third acts are the really explosive freewheeling parts that set the world on fire, I really clicked with the second act, particularly the long scene in Seberg's room. In addition to the technical innovation and the European recombination of film noir/gangster/arthouse elements, À bout de souffle really makes Seberg's character the soul of the film, which isn't so obvious behind Belmondo's clowning around. Writing a meaningful review here is like writing a review of DaVinci's Last Supper or something, so I'll just say that I was really into this, a thousand times more than when I first saw it in college on VHS - whether my new appreciation is due to maturity, my deeper interest in film today vs. then, or the superiority of seeing a film in its proper aspect ratio I'm not sure - perhaps a combination of all three.

17 July 2009
16 July 2009
Last night's dream

I was pissed off to find out that my elected Congressman (Mike Doyle) lived in the C-street house that's been in the news lately, so I decided to challenge him in the primary next year. I started making my campaign materials and I was phoning the media to announce my candidacy. I bought some white posterboard at RiteAid and I was starting to draw signs in magic marker. Then I realised that I was also living in the C-street house and didn't realise it.

15 July 2009
me vs. This Recording on Wes Anderson

Opinions are like assholes so here's mine since no one is asking.

Bottle Rocket, 1996 - the perfect summation of all that independent film can be. Hate to sound like the guy saying "their first album is the best" but A+.

Rushmore, 1999 - I'm almost completely with ya, This Recording -- certainly it can never be repeated and nothing says 'zeitgeist' of my college years more than this film + Fight Club. Perhaps the perfect balance between wide-eyed innocence and dense brainy quirkyness. A

The Royal Tennenbaums, 2001 - Ambitious is rarely a bad thing for me. It shouldn't be possible for me to connect with characters this [choose one: rich/ridiculous/self-absorbed] but I guess that's what New Sincerity is all about, cause I sure felt. A-

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004 - But here's where I falter in my faith; Owen's accent just couldn't convince me (living in Kentucky when this opened); starts to feel like it came from the Wes Anderson Factory. Still down with the sprawl/ambition but I have little desire to rewatch this. I wonder if Owen's roles in shitty films like Shanghai Knights, Starsky and Hutch etc were starting to colour things for me by 2005. C+ ... no, wait, B- for class participation.

The Darjeeling Limited, 2007 - A return to form yet also a new direction. Brody is magnificent, the Indian setting stirred many personal associations for me and the visuals were perfect. Instantly familiar in that Wes Anderson way without being repetitive. Not wild about Hotel Chevalier out of context but as part of a whole, I'm down. I wish this was longer. A

10 July 2009
26 June 2009
25 June 2009
Hotel "review": Scandic Webers, Copenhagen

Pros: Bottle opener in bathroom, so you can open a beer while you are on the toilet.
Also, room came with toilet paper roll that was 75% gone - which is cool - opening a new roll for every guest is stupid and wasteful. A backup roll is also provided.

Cons: Shower was not hot. Small bottle of red wine left outside of minibar suggests it is complimentary, but it actually costs 75 DKK (for a 250ml bottle).

23 June 2009

Image swiped from National Geographic, from Oulanka National Park, way up in the North where I've never been cause I never get out of Helsinki. But -- soon!

20 June 2009

After one "victory week", shaving now imminent.

18 June 2009

You might want to hire somebody to set your clocks correctly.

13 June 2009

I'm not a Hossa hater. OK, I may have felt some satisfaction at the bitter end to his season last night (and maybe said a few things on IM in the heat of the moment), but I think generally the backlash is Pittsburgh sports fans being too overwhelmingly 'local'.

However, this photo is totally fucking amazing.

05 June 2009

More from Australia Zoo. Who knew I'd have such fun at a zoo?