Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Quick Shout Out to Two Special Bloggers



You know when you start a blog, and you're an unknown, getting comments can encourage and motivate you to continue. If you're known it's different. When I started a second blog after Cinema Styles was established the comments were immediate so it didn't have the same feeling. Everybody already knew me so when I announced it was going up I got comments right away. I later scrapped that blog but you get the point.


Or let's take Bill's great new blog, The Kind of Face You Hate. The comments have been immediate there as well because he's been known to most of us for some time due to his great comments on our blogs. It's almost like he's had a blog all this time. But here at Cinema Styles it was different. No one knew who in the hell I was and my first several posts were read by my wife and almost no one else. So when I got those first comments it was exciting (and still is, by the way).


Lately, I've been archiving those old Haloscan comments and attaching them to their given posts. It's ongoing and will definitely take some time. But I've noticed something while archiving. There were two names that accounted for almost all of my comments in my first two months of blogging and if it wasn't for these two, I don't know if I would've kept it up. So without further ado let me give my undying gratitude to Kimberly Lindbergs of Cinebeats and Rick Ryan of Ricks DVD Picks. I know you two have been busy lately (because you've said so on your blogs) so I don't know if you'll see this but if you do I just want to say that you two kept me going. Thanks a million.

*****UPDATE*****

My link to Rick's blog worked when I put it up but now it comes up empty. It appears Rick has deleted his blog. So Rick, I hope everything's okay and if you see this, drop me a line.

36 comments:

Fox said...

Hey Jonathan-

This is off the topic of the post, but I wanted to tell you how much I like that banner... even though I don't what movie it's from. (what is it?) I really like the word "pudding". It makes me laugh for some reason.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Then again, you could have a blog like mine that doesn't get many comments. However, there's been an extended conversation following my Louis Hayward posting last Memorial Day. Just something that seems to have a life of its own.

ARBOGAST said...

even though I don't what movie it's from

You mean you never got high, drunk or laid to The Wall?

Fox said...

Arbo-

No... to all three of those. :(

bill r. said...

Why in the hell would you want to get laid to The Wall? Because "Waiting for the Worms" is such a sexy song?

ARBOGAST said...

When you're in college, any song you get laid to is sexy.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Besides, outside of the Cool Fifties Tenor Sax genre of Jazz, what music is objectively sexy? What's sexy in college is the talking about The Wall that leads to the sex. Oh lord, the deep profound "meaning of life" conversations I had about Pink Floyd in college. Thank God there were no video cameras present.

"No, no what Waters is saying is that Pink feels impotent in a post war world devoid of ..." blah blah blah. Hilarity can only ensue when thinking back on such conversations

Jonathan Lapper said...

Or this old chestnut: "The Wall only makes sense if you're high."

bill r. said...

I;ve always been annoyed by the claims that you have to be stoned to enjoy Pink Floyd. I've never been a stoner, and I've always liked Pink Floyd. They're just a great band. Because their songs are about things other than losing their baby, or finding their baby, or whatever, people think they're "crazy".

PS - I think Waters is brilliant, and The Final Cut is an extremely underrated album.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Yes, but Waters is saying with "Get Your Filthy Hands off My Desert" is that in a post-Falklands world one cannot develop a sense of self...

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I think Waters has done many great things as well but through the years I've come to like songs like "Breathe" and "Wish You Were Here" from the pre-Wall period much more than his later stuff. I was immensely disappointed and slightly put off by the blunt preachiness of Amused to Death and Radio Kaos later on.

bill r. said...

I actually don't know his solo stuff at all, really (although I've heard The Final Cut described as a Waters solo album in all but name). But Pink Floyd at their best have some of the best songs from that era, period. And I love Waters's singing voice, too.

Rick Ryan said...

Wow, this is some spooky synchronicity, Jonathan.

Sadly, Rick's DVD Picks is as dead as Monty Python's parrot. I took it off life support only this morning after a valiant struggle that lasted a little over a year.

Thanks for the kind words, Jonathan, and I'll be following the continued success of Cinema Styles with great interest.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Rick, why? You were a fine reviewer/critic, seriously. I won't force an answer of course, knowing from experience how life can intrude upon such things as blogging. I wish you success in whatever you do and hope that someday soon you will grace us with another blog.

And thanks for making this blog worth continuing on with in those first months.

Ed Howard said...

Pink Floyd is one of those bands that I loved in college and have since gotten sick of most of the "prime" middle-era stuff, mostly because, even though I barely listen to the radio, every time I turn one on there's another cut from Dark Side or The Wall being played into the ground. But I still think the more out-of-the-way stuff is great. The Final Cut is indeed brilliant, a really potent anti-war album, and the mostly unknown Obscured by Clouds is possibly their best album. Of course, any of the early stuff with Syd Barrett is great as well.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Syd was a sad character was he not? I haven't listened to early Floyd in years. At the time, back in college, I wasn't wild about it but I think I need to give it a new listen. And I know what you mean about Dark Side but I never tire of it myself.

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bill r. said...

Ed - I know some of Obscured by Clouds, my favorites being "Free Four" and "Wots...Uh the Deal". Wasn't that album basically the soundtrack to some now-forgotten Barbet Schroeder film?

Ed Howard said...

It's really a shame about Syd, I think he was a real genius who sadly got short-circuited by a combination of acid and his own tendencies towards schizophrenia. Even on his solo albums, as makeshift and crazy as they are, you can hear the brilliance of his songwriting. Especially The Madcap Laughs which is maybe even better than anything PF has done.

Bill, Obscured by Cloud was the soundtrack for Schroeder's La vallee, which I haven't seen. The band also did a soundtrack for Schroeder's first film, More, and that's a good album too. Not sure about the movies, which seem like today they'd play as badly dated hippie artifacts.

ARBOGAST said...

More is, in its own way, as silly as Reefer Madness... a serious student who loses his way because of a hippie chick, chokes on his first toke but has mastered the requisite jazz languor by toke 3 and then dies tragically. I don't think Schroeder set out to make an anti-drug tract but his description of a sensitive man's downward arc tramples well traveled country.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I've never seen More but I'd like to for the soundtrack and the "dated hippie artifact" quality that Arbogast describes so well.

Daniel G. said...

What?! Rick! Nooooooo!

Jonathan Lapper said...

I'm with you Daniel

Kimberly said...

I love how your post mentioning me (and Rick) somehow led to a conversation involving Pink Floyd, drugs and the movie More. Have I mentioned that I enjoy all those things? I gave up on the drugs years ago but I still like Pink Floyd and the movie More.

Thanks for the shout out Johnathan! Hopefully I'll get back to blogging more soon but I've just got so much going on right now. I'm going back to college this week to finally work towards getting my degree (focusing on English lit. and writing) and work is crazy even though I just went from working full-time to part time. I work at a print shop run by a Democrat (a delegate even!) and we do a lot of political mailers, etc. With the political season in full-swing I've been putting in 10-12 hour days. He's at the convention this week so I'll finally have time to breath again . . . until he gets back.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Definitely play while the cat is away. And starting back with college again - how exciting. I wish you the best of luck, I know you'll do well. I know you're not posting a lot lately but I'm glad to know you're still around. After finding out Rick deleted his blog just hours after I posted I feared perhaps there may be a "Cinema Styles" curse, wherein those who receive shout-outs fall on hard blogging times. If true, oh boy would you see some shout-outs coming from this blog that you never thought you'd see, but no film blogs. Gotta stay loyal to my tribe.

ARBOGAST said...

Rick Ryan, you blow for taking your site down the day I heard of it. You're so like those beautiful women I'm always falling in love with after they've been murdered, leaving me to gaze longingly at their portraits, but you won't even permit me that, you bastard, you bastard, you beautiful dead bastard. (Chokes) I love you!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Stop it, you're gonna make me cry... I... I... oh dammit!

See what you've done Rick!

Rick Olson said...

Here I am, yet again a day late and more than one dollar short, but I hate to see Rick Ryan gone too. He was one of the first ones to comment on my blog.

And besides, I hate to see another Rick bite the dust. Reminds me of my own mortality and all that jazz.

Also, Jonathan, how 'bout letting us RSS the comment feed, huh? Pretty please?

Rick Olson said...

Oops ... never mind that last oh-so-polite request. I'm obviously not only a day late and a dollar short, but blind as a bat as well.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You stay up far too late Rick. I hope you don't abandon us as well although I hold out hope that some day soon will mark the return of Rick Ryan. I still remember the time at Rick's place when the Nazis were singing their own stupid song and that sweet French lady starting singing La Marseillaise and I looked at Rick (I was the bandleader at his blog) for the okay to start playing it and he nodded "yes." What a great guy!

Rick Olson said...

And then that dame commented in and asked you to play the song -- you know the one ...

Rick Olson said...

And, by the way, I'm an hour earlier than you, so it wasn't quite 2 am when I commented, and yes, I do stay up too late.

ARBOGAST said...

I still remember the time at Rick's place when the Nazis were singing their own stupid song

That would be Die Wacht am Rhein. I think Julius La Rosa did a cover of it in the 50s on Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.

Jonathan Lapper said...

And here I thought it was "O Mein Papa!"

Jonathan Lapper said...

Did you know that Arthur Godfrey recorded a PSA to calm everyone down and provide instructions if we were ever attacked with nuclear weapons? Conelrad knows all.

ARBOGAST said...

Conelrad was great in The Omega Man.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Now see, if they'd only used Arthur Godfrey for that class-1 emergency broadcast maybe the Family would have never taken hold. But that's what happens when you get poor planning in the early stages.