Behold! The Cinema Styles Fall Spectacular Preview! Watch it with the sound on because music and dialogue abound. Enjoy!
It's now up on YouTube.
My God, the pressure...I don't know if I'm up for it. Okay, I'll try to come up with a great, new comment in honor of Fall...Um....Hello!PS - Jonathan, that was awesome.
Hello Bill! I knew you could do it. Already I feel the Bill comments are going to improve dramatically with all new ingredients and longer lasting freshness. And thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I love doing these things.
My favorite part was the clip following "Jonathan Lapper Revealed!". But my guess is that will be everybody's favorite part.
I love the Captain (Frank Reicher). For a second he keeps looking forward, then he looks over to Bruce Cabot with a "what the hell are you touching me for?" look.
Yes, that look pushed it from "funny" to "hilarious".
I'll murgatroid him. I'll fillet him. I'll ... who the hell is Argogast?Just kidding. I know who he is. He's the guy that has an unreasonable fondness for Horror flicks. Well, ok. I think I can take him. I really do ... just let me get my car out of the garage, get it pointed South ... yes, I definitely can beat him ... I'm turning the key ... watch the kiddies, honey ... why am I using so many ellipses?
Does that make me "The 12 Percent Solution"? An addiction more powerful than cocaine. I can see the tagline now!Yes, Jonathan Lapper revealed really had me going - till he dashed my hopes of full disclosure. Mystery man forever...Oh and thanks ever so much for including one of my favorite pieces of dialogue of all time - The "crazy/enthusiastic" line from King Kong. I am always saying it, and then having to explain where it came from. It's nice to have someone sympatico about the original KK.
God, that's from King Kong? Either it's been way too long since I've watched it, or my memory is going. In this case, I actually think it's the former.
He's the guy that has an unreasonable fondness for Horror flicks. Dem sound like fightin' words. You know, I wouldn't bait him too much. I ran into him last year and discovered he's eight feet tall with muscles the size of small cars. Oh, wait a minute, I'm thinking of the Hulk. I've never run into Arbo.Still, should be a good fight.
Marilyn - I am confident you can provide upwards of 20 percent more charm but I didn't want to pressure you too much. I LOVE KING KONG! I've seen the 1933 version ... well, I don't know but well into the double digits. My kids have each seen it two or three times. I was so proud that they, unlike their friends, when watching the New York stage show in the remake, were able to say, "The costumes and music there are from the original." I knew I had to get the arm scene into my trailer and the "enthusiastic" line too. Truth be told, I could've done the whole trailer just using King Kong and It Happened One Night but I figured I should mix it up a little.
Bill - The original Kong is so much damn fun. Watch it again. Upon seeing a tricerytops:"What do you call that thing?""Something from the dinosaur family."
Bill -- If you're gonna be a blogger, there's a couple of rules you have to learn: Never, I mean NEVER admit you don't know where a movie reference is from. The movie blogging community is vicious, they eat their own on a regular basis.The proper response to when Marilyn revealed it was King Kong is to nod sagely and reply "yes, and isn't the lighting perfect?"I love the original KK as well, btw, even though that philistine bill obviously doesn't.By the way, Jonathan, what film was that blond from?
Oh...um...hey, you know who's great? Bela Tarr. I must've seen all his movies twice! I love his angles.
By the way, Jonathan, what film was that blond from?Some stupid movie with a boat. Can't remember now.
Bela Tarr. I remember speaking to him years ago at the 4th Annual Esoterica Film Festival held every year in the Preeten Shuss Valley of Lower Bavaria Minor. He said he would remake Kong himself but only if the people were the giants and Kong was only a few inches tall. I intoned rather solemnly that I thought he had hit upon a verdant truth that transcended the normal boundaries of art in these times of nescient stagnant intellectual sterility. Then I had a corn dog. Goddamn those Bavarian corn dogs are good.
Tarr? TARR? His movies don't HAVE angles, at least in the conventional angular sense ... they have straight lines that explore the essence of angularity in a world of jejune poseurs.mmmmm ... corn dogs.
Only Angles Have Wings ...Just testing Bill's reference capacity. Rick texted me and told me to get on it.
You son of a bitches don't know from corn dogs. The only corn dogs worth half a ball anymore are the Pronto Pup dogs that have been served at the Minnesota State Fair since 1941. Any other corn dog is simply American mediocrity on a stick.And Tarr's films do indeed contain angles -- LOTS of angles. If you'd ever seen Satantango (and I mean if you'd really seen it, not merely watched it), you'd have noticed gentle 15 to 20 degree angles scattered throughout his outdoor shots. And that's just his outdoor shots, you understand. When Tarr places his camera indoors, his angles take on a sharper, more aggressive aspect, as though he wishes to highlight through geometry man's deadness of spirit.Also, Satantango is, like, six fucking hours long. That shit's insane.
Bill-Are you ever gonna start a blog, or do you just get off on dangling corn dogs in front of our faces all day?Remember that TV movie Bill with Mickey Rooney?
I've found that to really experience Tarr, I mean REALLY experience him, you have to listen, not watch. It also helps to stand on one leg and tap your neck repeatedly. Then you can come back and tell me you've experienced Tarr.
Fox - I plan on testing the waters with "Farting on the Driveway" this weekend. I've never done anything close to blogging before, so even if I do start one I won't be telling anyone that it's up for a while. Sometime after I'm comfortable with the process.PS - No, it won't really be called "Farting on the Driveway". And actually, a possible name did occur to me last night while I was watching the making-of documentary on a current Criterion release (no, it wasn't Sweet Movie. Whether I end up using it or not, the line would make a great blog name.Jonathan - You know nothing about Tarr. After you've watched Tarr for the first time (and by watched I mean absorbed, the next step is to watch his films while submerged in a tank of water. If you're still at the neck-tapping stage (which only first-year film students think has any elucidation value), then you'll simply never get there. So good luck trying. And failing.
Two more things:One - Sorry about not closing my parentheses, but I just think that practice is common.Two - I don't want to drag other bloggers names through the mud...well, okay, I don't mind doing that at all, but I feel I've brought at least mild grief to bloggers I like in the past by commenting about certain people unfavorably on other blogs, so I won't mention the name of this particular person I'm about to quote. But our completely serious Bela Tarr conversation put me in mind of this line from a recent on-line review of Vicky Christina Barvelona:"Vicky Cristina Barcelona is basically the most arrogant film of the year, an occasion for Allen to feign interest in challenging heteronormic ideals when all he's doing is advancing a simplified view of female sexual agency..."I mean, sweet merciful heavens!
Bill-How recent? It didn't happen to be called 97 Percent True, did it? Cuz I just watched the film that was attached to that making-of doc and thought it was kind of a pretentious piece of merde.
Within the last year, and, no, it wasn't 97 Percent True. Okay, the movie is Blast of Silence, and the quite-good making-of is called Requiem for a Killer. It's basically just Allen Barron walking around, talking about making the movie, New York, his life, etc. Even my wife was captivated by it, and not only is she not a film geek, she hasn't even seen Blast of Silence. Allen Barron's just an interesting guy.
Well, whatever you call the blog, I think you should go for it. You've got the passion and humor and smarts for it. We need more of those. But don't be shy about sharing the web address when you start it! You just sold me on Blast of Silence.
Bill - A bit of advice. When you start up a blog, if you use Blogspot, which I recommend because it's so changeable and easy (it's why I have tons of test blogs and how I was able to creat all those fake blogs for the DVD Giveaway game in the Spring) make the actual web address something simple. For instance, If Charlie Parker Were A Gunslinger There'd Be A Whole Lot of Dead Copycats is a great blog title but the address is simply tsutpen.blogspot.com which is from the name of the proprietor, Tom Sutpen. That way, you can experiment with different blog names until you've got one you want to stick with. If Tom wanted to change the name of the blog tomorrow, no one would have to update a web address because the address has nothing to do with the title. Many people probably wish I would change my blog name but when I came upon it I liked it enough to make it the address as well. No offense to anyone out there, but I prefer simple and straightforward to eye-catchingly clever. Cinema Styles may seem a boring name to most (if not all) but I like it. It's simple and to the point and not something I'm likely to think in five years, "Oh god, why did I do that? Now that's the name I'm known for." So I'm glad to hear, as funny as it is, that "Farting on the Driveway" will not be your blog name. And even though you understandably want to do it on the sly for awhile, I've helped many people with html design changes in the past year (including Mr. Cozzalio) so if you have any questions just e-mail me. I promise I won't let anyone know about the blog until you do.
Actually, Tarr did remake Kong in the Werckmeister Harmonies, only he used a dead whale in a box to represent the tragedy of man's inhumanity to big animal things. It was so poignant when his protagonist took his nose in his hand and entered the inner sanctum of the beast who loved too well.
I'm crying just reading about it. It's so beautiful.
Fox and Jonathan, thank you both for your encouragement. The reasons for my hesitation are twofold: One) I feel like I need some sort of overall theme. I would want my blog to be as much about books as films, but I can't shake the idea that this is fairly narrow. Jonathan, you don't have a stated theme for your blog, but your main area of interest is clearly Golden Age American films. I guess Dennis is less specific, and that works for him, but every time I try to think of a way to narrow my focus, I think it's too narrow.Two) I know almost nothing about computers. I don't have a scanner. In short, I have no idea how to go about making a blog visually appealing. But, Jonathan, I had considered asking you for help, should I go ahead and take the plunge.There's this largely book-oriented forum that I belong to called Palimpsest, based out of the UK, and in October I've committed to reading nothing but horror fiction, and writing about what I read as I go. Sometimes, when I think about the goals I've set for this project, I think I've bitten off more than I can chew, but, as I say, I'm committed, and other members have shown interest in reading what I have to say, so I can't really back out. The point is, I'm hoping this will be a good testing ground for a blog.And again, Fox and Jonathan, I really appreciate the kind words and encouragement, even though I secretly hate you both.PS - Fox, I first saw Blast of Silence a few months ago. I liked it, and found a cheap copy of the Criterion disc shortly thereafter, so I figured what the hell. Watching the documentary last night actually opened the movie up for me a bit, and now I'm itching to watch it again. It's grown more fascinating to me the more I've thought about it, even though the basic crime story isn't really groundbreaking.
Oops..."fairly narrow" in the first paragraph of the post above should read "fairly broad". It doesn't make sense otherwise. See? I shouldn't blog. I can't even write shit.
Bill-I don't know enough about html or web design to give you advice on that, but I can definitely say that when I narrowed my blog, the hits went up.Ideally I wanted to have an outlet to write about anything and everything that I couldn't express in my daily life (movies, music, politics, sports, etc.), but I quickly realized it didn't attract regulars. It wasn't until I narrowed it to movies that my comments went up. They aren't Cinema Styles quantity, mind you, but going from 0 to 4 was an accomplishment for me. p.s. I still mix in those other elements that I like, but I try to keep it 95% on movies.
Hmm...well, I'd have to keep it at 50% movies, 50% books. Books are just too important to me, and too much a part of my existence, to scale back on that topic. I guess when I was talking about narrowing the focus, I was wondering if I should stick to specific eras, or genres, that sort of thing. But I can't exclude books, or movies, from the equation.
Well, you can make it work. Other people definitely have. I think I was just poor at the juggling act.Sheila's blog, for example, does a great job at carrying books and movies. True, she's a blogger extraordinaire, but I think you can nail something similar.Plus, as far as I know, we seem to be lacking in quality book blogs, so I for one would enjoy that about your blog.
I've spent some time on Sheila's blog, and seen her posts about, for instance, James Joyce. I wouldn't be, er, quite at that level.But I do read a lot of eclectic, even obscure, stuff, and highlighting those books and writers would be fun, I think.And I'm also not aware of very many good book blogs. There's Sheila, and one or two others that I'm aware of. Often, book blogs have an unpleasantly condescending vibe to them.
And you don't need a scanner unless you want to put up pics from a basement full of old movie books. That's just what I do because you can't get those pictures anymore. There's plenty at Dr. Macro's site, but I like the idea of doing it myself and putting out photos that have never, or almost never, been on the internet before.As for design, too splashy can drive people away. In fact, I scaled back (you may have noticed) on the animated banners because I looked at them on different people's computers and they seemed to slow down the load time a lot. I'll still do them occassionally but I think overall simpler is better.Since Fox brought up Sheila, look at her blog. It's immensely popular but the design is simple and tasteful. She's attracting people by what she writes not with a bunch of bells and whistles. And finally about focus, that's up to you. If you're in this for hits then write about anything and everything new. If you're in this because you want to express how you feel about whatever you want then the focus will come in time. Hell, when I started this a little over a year ago I didn't even want to mention a movie past 1979 for fear that I was stepping on my principles. I was also very serious in many of my now deleted early posts. I was afraid to just be me and trust that people would understand I knew my movies and took them seriously even while scolding Glinda and Khan or writing about Donald Pleasence in Escape From New York. I think the first piece that taught me that was the Halloween piece from last year about buying the house from Straker. I'm putting it up again this year. I still read it from time to time. I had fun doing it and commenting on it and nobody ran screaming from my blog because I wasn't being deathly serious all the time. And finally, I've found that blogging helps me understand my thoughts about a movie incredibly well and I was never expecting that. I would never be the kind of person to keep a journal or a diary but now I can see the benefits of them. I've changed my position on a movie halfway through a post because of what I'm writing. It clarifies your thoughts so much that revelations can come to you in the middle of a post.
I agree with Jonathan, simplicity is pleasing. Plus, Sheila is just a damn good writer. I mean, when it comes down to it, quality always wins.I think I need a lot of improvement on my writing, so having a blog keeps me practicing at that. I just genuinely love movies and love talking about them,... but I'm kind of a recluse as well. In that way my blog serves as a nice outlet for me. And if someone likes it at the same time, that's cool too.We've all seen blogs come and go - 3 months, 6 months, then gone. But you have a passion and hunger for film, it's obvious. B/c of that I think you will do well. And, most of all, it's just fun! I've posted many things were I'm like "man, that was really stupid!", but I just shrug it off. And like Jonathan was saying, most of all, I've learned that blogging helps me sort out my own thoughts about movies (and everything).
As far as the "sorting out thoughts" thing goes, I've found that to be the case just from posting comments on various sites. When my Octobor horror reading project rolls around, I'll be very curious to know what my thoughts are going to be about the state of the genre.And I really don't have much choice about the simplicity of the design, given my deficincies in that area, but I suspect you're both right. It's the content that's important, and as long as it doesn't look like shit, it'll be fine.I'm concerned about the scanner mainly because of the books. Good pictures of anything but particularly famous books are hard to come by on the internet. If I wanted to write about, say, Defy the Foul Fiend by John Collier, I'd like to have a nice picture of the book to go along with it, and without a scanner I doubt I'd be able to. But, really, that's a pretty minor thing, and it's not exactly a good reason to not start a blog.
Well, if you want the pics, you can get a small scanner for fifty or sixty bucks so that shouldn't be a problem.
Oh. I thought scanners were, like, $17,000, or something. Well, okay then!
I wish I had a $17,000 scanner! That's what those Macro people are using I think. So many of my old movie books are of the coffee table size variety and sometimes I have to do three or four scans of different sections of one pic and then patch them together.
Oh, wait...I'm rich. I almost forgot. $17,000 scanners for everyone!!!
yeah dude... I was gonna say, didn't you just give Lapper $2 million yesterday????
I think it was three million, actually, but once you get as rich as me, it all becomes just a bunch of numbers. I haven't even seen a one dollar bill in about fifteen years. Do they even still make those?
They do, cuz you still need them for Coca-Cola machines and car washes. But, at your level, I imagine you probably just have a soda fountain in your house, and a coven of lesbians to wash your car.Bill. What's the secret?
The secret, my friend, is falling ass-backwards into a pile of stolen drug money. My situation is not dissimilar to that of Llewellyn Moss, except on a much grander scale, and minus the unstoppable, conscienceless killing machine on my trail. So, I guess my advice to you is to stumble onto a truck full of money, and don't associate with killing machines.
I hope Jonathan isn't made at us for turning his comment section into a chat room.You know him best, do you think he is flipping us off right now??
No, I think he must be busy with "work", or something. He's usually right in the thick of these sorts of things, provided the fart comments are kept to a minimum.
He Fed-Exed me a shock collar to take care of that problem... it's kinda tight though!
Shock collars are just his way of saying he loves you too much to see you behave badly. He told me recently that I can even have mine removed soon!
Yes I have been busy so I'm not "made" at anyone. And I have to go again soon to do some helping out tonight at my wife's gallery. Fox - Bill and I tried desperately to turn Dennis' blog into a chatroom but Dennis nipped it in the bud like a schoolmarm.Here's how I look at it. When I do a post about Liberal Fascism or Len Cariou or Robert Walker or Genre discussion or my friend from College who died and got me to thinking about what I want to do - I know that the comments on those posts are going to stay on topic and I want them to. But when I put up a post about "Don't Forget My Trailer Tomorrow" or the trailer itself which doesn't invite much discussion after a basic rehash then I figure let's talk about whatever the hell we want to talk about.I trust all of you to know the difference between a "throw-away" post and one where I really would like to discuss the topic at hand.
Oh, I knew your wife was an artist, but I don't think I knew she had her own gallery. Neat!Also, when did Dennis clamp down on us? I don't remember that.
Good thing you have 51 comments so far, because that trailer was 51 kinds of AWESOME!!No, it was. Really.
Bill it was right after we starting commenting together over there, in the glory days. Anyway, I recall a couple of times where Dennis politely asked us to get back on track. Nothing big, but you and I and our wandering jokes were something I think Dennis was a bit unfamiliar with. As for my wife it's actually not a gallery owned by her but run by her and four other artists with their work. It's a temporary lease so there's nothing permanent yet but she's sold over 20 of her originals so far so she's doing extremely well with it.
Brian thank you. After the first comments from Bill, Marilyn and Rick (who is apparently now the headliner according to YouTube) I had forgotten what this thread was about. I'm glad you liked it. I'll have to work you into the next one.
You see, it's like this ... my computer went to school with the You-tube computer, and my computer owes me a favor (I've been stroking its keys with, well, we won't go into that ...) and so, anyway, I told my computer "look, do this for me, and the slate's wiped clean (so to speak)" and voila! Bob's your uncle! and Eureka! Instant stardom.
It makes for an interesting preview screen. "Hey what's this video honey?""Hmmm. I don't know. It says it's a trailer for a Fall Spectacular but the screen just says 'Rick Olson.'""Intriguing."
Wait a minute. Does this mean I've been Rick Rolled?
I prefer to call it Rick Shawed, in honor of our brave athletes who, even as we speak, are defending our country's honor in a far away land. And when you think about it, it makes all these petty questions about which lazy, lay-about gadfly gets credit for which brilliant, imaginative work of minor art seem kinda small, doesn't it?
And it wouldn't be the first time I've been called a Fall Spectacular, either.
Seriously, Jonathan ... why don't you try deleting and reloading it and seeing if YouTube picks another picture?
Oh if you want to change it, it gives you a choice of three but I like that it said "Rick Olson". I'll see what the other three are.
Ah, fame is fleeting ...
I just skipped through all these comments looking for my own name.And Rick, I expect our death match will play out that scene in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, where the mutants make Taylor and Brett fight one another through mental domination... until Nova screams the name "Ar-bo-gast," breaking Don Pedro Colley's concentration, and allowing one of us to smack him down with a pointy club. Sadly, we both die at the end anyway.
I just skipped through all these comments looking for my own name.That's the kind of wisdom you can't put a price on. Now what I want to know is: Which of you will detonate the doomsday bomb?
If you're talking doomsday bomb, my money's on Marilyn, using up her last 12%.
Wise bet. I have full confidence Marilyn could take us all out if we weren't careful. I respect her - but I also fear her.
"The movie blogging community is vicious, they eat their own on a regular basis."I might consider it if they weren't married already and living safely miles away from me.By some weird coincidence, without seeing any of the comments until AFTER I posted, check out my Coffee Break screengrab.
I'm on my way.
Peter - Incredible. What an amazing coincidence! Okay Peter quick - What movie am I thinking of right now?
That's a movie you're thinking of? And does Mrs. Cinema Styles know?
I think of it for the performances and the mise en scene No, really!
That was awesome. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us!I wish I had a fancy trailer to announce to the world that... I'm (almost) done! And that I'll be returning to my blogging days soon, breathing fresh live into the barely-living whisp of a thing the fruitstand's become lately.Oh, and Bill? Count me on the cheering team to get you your own blog :-)
Thanks Hedwig. I think Fruitstand's doing just fine but if you want to make it even better, who am I to argue?And yes - Go Bill! Start that blog soon!
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