Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Serpent's Egg is TOERIFC's April Selection


Just a reminder that you've still got almost two full weeks to rent or buy The Serpent's Egg and watch it. Then head over to The Kind of Face You Hate on April 20th, where Bill R. will handle the duties of writing up the film in question, and join in the discussion.

I put up a sidebar banner yesterday but haven't seen it on any other TOERIFC members blogs so it probably hasn't been noticed yet. So, simply follow this link to choose from one of two sidebar banners for the movie. I also couldn't help but notice for the last couple of selections that the sidebar banners are too small on some sidebars. This occurs because of Blogger's buggy "shrink to fit" option when posting a picture in the sidebar. It shrinks it too much. So, if you have a 150 pixel wide sidebar (Bill, that's what you have) choose the 150 pixel wide banner and when you upload it, unselect the "shrink to fit" option. Then simply provide a link to the main TOERIFC address where the time and place of discussion is listed. On the date of discussion you can change that to the actual permalink of Bill's post on the film. Thanks, and see you there.

52 comments:

bill r. said...

Greg, I just followed your instructions, unselecting the "shrink to fit", and the image came out bigger, but also sliced in half. So I'm just going to leave it small. But thanks for trying to help me, and for the wonderful banners and buttons and whatnot.

Greg said...

But that's impossible. Oh well. And you used the smaller pic right, the 150 pixel one? Oh well, it's not so small it's a problem.

Anyway, I watched the movie and have gone back and watched some scenes over and as always when hunting for screengrabs for banners I end up watching scenes again so I know this film pretty damn well at this point. But I shan't say a word, lest we spoil the discussion on the 20th.

Ed Howard said...

The best way to post pictures in the sidebar using blogger is not to select the Picture option. Use an HTML/Javascript gadget instead, and code the link and the img tags yourself. That way Blogger doesn't try to do its wonky resizing nonsense.

Of course Blogger doesn't work too well from where I work, so I'll add the new sidebar banner when I get home tonight.

I'm really looking forward to this discussion, Bill! I'll have to rewatch this film soon.

Divers and Sundry said...

veoh has this film at their site:

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/drama/watch/v16300285Edc43ZSr

bill r. said...

I haven't rewatched it myself, though I probably will this weekend, and maybe write some sort of first draft, and then watch it again the following weekend, before the post goes up, and do a final re-write. I really want to get this one right, you know...

Greg said...

Ed, that's true but the html coding confuses more people than it's worth I've found which is why I stopped putting the code below the thumbnails on TOERIFC. Too many e-mails from confused bloggers. Unchecking "shrink to fit" always works though so maybe I have the wrong size for Bill's sidebar.

Greg said...

Divers, thanks for the link for anyone who wants to watch it on their computer. Although, as always, I heartily recommend watching a DVD on a nice big screen.

Greg said...

Bill, you will get it right, don't worry. The post is just a jumping off point.

Look what Marilyn, myself and Rick wrote. Then look at the comments. In all cases they hit on a small point and run with it, so don't worry about being all-encompassing. My main problem was I just hated the deadline of it. I like posting something whenever I feel like it and that drove me nuts. So if anything, it taught me I'd probably suck at a deadline driven critic's job.

bill r. said...

Yeah, but I want mine to be the best ever. I want to leave all you hosers in the dust.

But I agree, deadlines suck. I feel like I have a deadline anyway, since I try to stick to posting every other day. That puts the pressure on me to come up with something to write about.

Greg said...

Well I'm just glad we get paid well for our troubles. Oh that's right we don't. Blogging sucks.

bill r. said...

Let's stop blogging. What should we do instead?

Greg said...

How about mugging? The pay is a lot better and you only occasionally get pepper spray in your face.

bill r. said...

I like that idea. I'm going start putting a toothpick in my mouth and flipping a quarter while standing on street corners. Muggers do that, right?

Fox said...

Duuuuude. The Serpent's Egg on 4/20!!! We are gonna be some high as f*ck Bergman talkin' mutha f*ckas!!!

Fox said...

Bill-

You could always outsource your The Serpent's Egg post to China... or JARVIS. Or maybe even someone like Arbo will even give it a go!

bill r. said...

JARVIS would just screw it up! He's an idiot! So are the Chinese! So is Arbogast!

Greg said...

I'm going start putting a toothpick in my mouth and flipping a quarter while standing on street corners. Muggers do that, right?

Every mugger I know. Also, make sure you get a cap like this. Black would be preferable for night jobs.

Greg said...

I gotta agree with Bill, Jarvis would screw it up. He started to watch it with me and got scared. He kept saying, "ThE amERIcAN mAN Is CRaZY. iS IT aLL gOiNG TO be oKAY?" and I was like, "Shut up moron and get me my pipe!"

Fox said...

He started to watch it with me and got scared.

Well... I made it to the 77 minute mark before I realized I was watching The Serpent and the Rainbow instead. DOH!

bill r. said...

I'd watched it three times before I realized I was watching A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Fox said...

I stared at a William Eggleston photograph for 9 days until I realized it wasn't the right movie (or a movie AT ALL!)

bill r. said...

You're as dumb as JARVIS!

bill r. said...

By the way, Greg, you and JARVIS are stealing my TOERIFC thunder, because the focus of my essay was going to be the craziness of the American, and whether or not everything would be okay.

Greg said...

Bill, if you're being serious, and even if you're not, I won't say anymore because really, I don't want any kind of discussion to start before the post day itself.

Fox said...

I wanna see what JARVIS looks like.

Greg said...

I wanna see what JARVIS looks like.

Now Fox is stealing my thunder. Seriously, I'm working on a Jarvis reveal so nobody start linking to stupid pictures or anything. He's going to have his own movie, just like yesterday.

This Jarvis thing is a goldmine. Eventually, he really might have his own blog.

Fox said...

This Jarvis thing is a goldmine.

Wouldn't that be funny if after all of your thoughts and writing on movies and movie culture that it would be JARVIS that scores you the money??!?!?

Greg said...

Yeah, but Odiogo would probably sue me or something so it would all come back to bite me in the ass anyway.

bill r. said...

I wasn't being serious, Greg. How could I write a post about that?

Greg said...

How could I write a post about that?

The "will everything be okay?" part I knew was a joke but I actually do assume/expect that Abel's behavior will figure in prominently to the discussion, don't you?

bill r. said...

No, I'm going to leave him out entirely.

Greg said...

No, I'm going to leave him out entirely.

It's so tempting to run with that right now. You know, something like, "if only Bergman had done the same" but then I'll get a discussion started.

Divers and Sundry said...

"as always, I heartily recommend watching a DVD on a nice big screen."

That's preferable to watching a DVD on my ancient screen with the lovely permanent green spot in the lower right corner, I agree.

Actually, I've decided not watching it at all is preferable to Veoh, but then I have problems with veoh.

Greg said...

Actually, I've decided not watching it at all is preferable to Veoh, but then I have problems with veoh.

I feel that way about several online viewing options. Maybe once I get a new computer at some undefined point in the future it will be better, but for now, watching a movie online really isn't an option for me.

bill r. said...

Yes, let's stop talking about The Serpent's Egg! Let's go over to my pad and talk about Quarantine or something!

Or just watch that Dr. Horrible thing on-line and then we can talk about that. I want you to see it.

Greg said...

So my theory on The Serpent's Egg is... oh, sorry.

I'm done anyway. I have about a million things to get done today and tomorrow at work so I won't be online most of the rest of today anyway.

bill r. said...

Well fine!

Ryan Kelly said...
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Ryan Kelly said...

Yeah, stupid jerk, with things like responsibility.

Who does this Lapper guy think he is, anyway?

bill r. said...

Who's Lapper? I was talking to Greg.

Ryan Kelly said...

Lapper's the guy who designed Greg's site:

Cinema Styles © 2009. Design by: Jonathan Lapper

bill r. said...

Okay, but why are you talking about him? Greg's the one who has to work.

Greg said...

Don't make me un-tag you Ryan!

Ryan Kelly said...

The post is already done, un-tag away!

Next time I see him, I'm gonna tell Jonathan that you're ashamed of him. He gets no love from Papa Greg.

Ryan Kelly said...

But seriously, sorry if I hurt your feelings. I only referred to you as Lapper because you still hide your real last name from the world.

Greg said...

But seriously, sorry if I hurt your feelings.

I hope you're joking, Bill R style, because my feelings were most definitely not hurt. And I announced my last name, remember? It's Ferrara. I just don't advertise it.

And your comment was actually helpful because I hadn't remembered to change the name of who designed the template which I have now corrected. I put the whole thing together from scratch so the least I should do is give myself the proper credit. So thanks for the reminder.

Ryan Kelly said...


I hope you're joking, Bill R style


Since when does Bill have humor patented? But yes, I was being facetious, if that's what you mean. But I was doing it Ryan Kelly style.


And your comment was actually helpful


Whoo! I earned my keep for once. Just please tell me you weren't joking Bill R style.

But yeah, I noticed that a while back and meant to bring it to your attention, but forgot.

bill r. said...

Humor (C) Bill R. 2007.

Start trying to be funny and I will sue you.

Ryan Kelly said...

Good thing I have no sense of humor. I couldn't be funny if I tried!

bill r. said...

I've noticed!

Ryan Kelly said...

Oh Bill, you're much too hard on myself.

Greg said...

Just to clear things up, when I said "Bill R. style" I was referring to the act of saying something like you're being serious but you're not really being serious. I didn't say it was actually funny. If it was actually funny I wouldn't have called attention to it, I would have claimed it for myself.