Don't really want to be one of those guys that blogs everything he sees/reads/listens to, but also want a handy place to throw out little stuff that inspired me. Mainly here to remind me of little stuff I liked in whatever. So here we are:
How the West Was Won.
Seen a bit of this before, but recent caught the remastered version that fixed the lines in the picture. Nightmarish colors and distorted pictures from the cameras (3!) that they shot it with. Be cool to shoot a video or dream sequence with something like this. Sounds like a real headache to shoot Cinerama.
Best Mamet thing I've seen in a while. "There is no situation that you cannot get out of." Awesome mantra. Dialogue felt more natural than usual for his scripts, though mainly just Ejiofor's character. So it could of just been him.
Very cool book with a lame ending. Felt like one of the most honest character workings from Selby, and then slid into dumbsville. But a very complex, interesting character none-the-less.
Fun book. Cool reveal with bringing Bendix back. And it all felt pretty epic with the passage of years in the story. Always like it when a story takes place over an extended period of time. And like most of the work Dustin Nguyen does, especially Wildcats 2.0 or whatever they were calling it, but he's hit or miss and the art in this felt uneven. Awesome in places and flat in others. Some of his storytelling could be better. Overall, I dig his style though.
Eyes Wide Shut
Tried watching this again. Ridiculous movie. Hated it when I saw it the first time, and have slightly warmed to it mainly for the secret society stuff, the ludicrous acting, sound and music design, weird floating bodies censoring the sex and the overall unfounded impression that I get from this movie about Scientology. Also got a Shining vibe from the Kubrick cross-dissolves, especially in the middle of the tracking shots. Made me like the movie all that more.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
These will be the last bumps I post from the upcoming CMF tour, as I'm finishing this stuff up. Shout out to Terry Downtain for some new music in all of this stuff. He wrote some great early 90s skate-rink goofiness. Ultimately, I got some fun stuff out of it all, but I'm excited as shit to move on.
I've also been working on some vignettes for Bervis the Bum, a character that we've been messing around with for a while. I can honestly say these push the boundaries of what's been done in comedy and am excited to finish them up and see where they go. I'll probably post clips or put together a trailer next.
We're still working on the audio and visual effects for "Public School", and I'm trying to get the audio fixed on "Remembering Why I Was Beaten to Death" and the extended cut of "The Agoraphobic". I want to submit these to a bunch of festivals, which I haven't done much with my older stuff. Definitely need to start getting my films seen around more.
I'm spending two weeks at a school in North Carolina, and then it's off to L.A. for a couple of months, which will afford me plenty of time to get all of this (and more) done. Maybe. I'm going back and reworking a feature script I wrote a while ago, and once I get it fixed up a bit I'm going to shoot the damn thing myself. Fuck waiting on a budget.