Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I've got a lot of reading to do

Joanne Woodward reading to two children at speech therapy center in 1958.

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I've been gone for a while and my desire to return has been reluctant at best. Sometimes one needs a vacation from even a cherished pastime lest it grow into a dreaded obligation. I noticed a couple of my favorite blogs had anniversaries while I was out (Arbogast on Film and The Kind of Face You Hate) and though I commented on them I wish I could have engaged a bit more. And it wasn't just my own blogging that ceased, I wasn't even online except to watch movies for much of the past week so I have little idea what anyone has been doing. Facebook? I went on briefly to respond to a tag and that was it. Frankly, I'd like to take another month or so offline but I cherish the community of which I have become a part and don't wish to find myself on the outside looking in. In short, I'd miss the conversation too much. So I return but with little to say at the moment. Oh I have reviews to write, new movies to see, trailers for October to put up and under appreciated actors to highlight but all of that needs to find structure first in the dusty recesses of my idle mind. I even have a piece on a topic I've never really broached here at Cinema Styles that I hope will provide for an engaging conversation, even if I do believe most everyone will disagree with me. But that's for a later date. For now, hello again. It's good to back.

31 comments:

bill r. said...

Oh hello, Greg! It's so nice to have you back. And while I don't know the specifics of your situation, I still know what you mean. Sometimes I don't want to blog for weeks on end. I mean, I REALLY don't want to.

I'm really curious about the topic about which we will all disagree with you.

Rick Olson said...

Good to have you back, and I surely know how it goes ... I haven't been overly motivated to do the things that make me part of that community, like visit other blogs and etc. I've been keeping up on facebook myself, and visiting a few of my mo' favorite blogs, but that's it.

As for that topic ... look forward to it.

Greg said...

Hello Bill. I still need a couple of weeks to watch some more stuff on said topic before I can complete the piece. It's a conversation I want to have anyway, to further my own understanding of it. You'll see what I mean when I post.

And I look forward to seeing Englouryess Bisteerds tomorrow. Did I get the misspelling right?

Greg said...

Rick, it was actually a little nerve-wracking, knowing that for the first time since I started blogging I felt like I could just walk away from it and not care. I mean, really, just stop doing it. But I don't know how I'd handle not being able to discuss so much about film without all of you. Online friends - how the hell did that ever happen? It's the last thing I thought ever would but it's my friends online that keep me coming back.

Ryan Kelly said...

Right... who're you again?

Greg said...

Oh hi jackass.

bill r. said...

Oh no you guys didn't!

Ryan Kelly said...

Good to know that, in spite of your absence, things haven't changed between us. Good to have you back!

Ryan Kelly said...

Bill, oh yes we did! Ball-busting season is is full swing!

Greg said...

I'm looking to make the ball-busting playoffs this year after being sidelined with injuries last year.

Rick Olson said...

I'm really curious about the topic about which we will all disagree with you.

And personally, I'm disagreeing already.

Greg said...

Rick, like CGI, I feel you will be the one who agrees. Just to make sure I don't oversell it, it's not a hot-button issue or anything, just an aspect of, or type of, storytelling that I've never really covered and have problems liking so I want to know how others feel. It's about storytelling structures more than anything else.

bill r. said...

Oh, I get it now. It's about porn, isn't it, Greg?

Greg said...

You know, the storytelling structures of porn would be an interesting thing to dissect using Boogie Nights own coverage of it as a jumping off point. It could start off saying in porn, character and story blend together as one. Someone get to work on that.

Marilyn said...

No one but Ryan has been to my blog in two days. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

Peter Nellhaus said...

I've been to your blog, Marilyn. I just haven't commented lately. Of course nobody bothers to comment at my place no matter what I write about.

As for "new movies", I would bet everyone that Greg still hasn't seen "The Calamari Wrestler" yet. He's probably still working his way through the films of Felix Farmer.

Marilyn said...

You're right, Peter. I expect nothing. Carry on.

bill r. said...

I admit that I, for one, have been absolutely terrible about keeping up with my favorite blogs lately. I blame Facebook.

Brian Doan said...

Greg,
Good to have you back, and hope you are doing well. I am very sympathetic to your ambivalence about blogging and breaks (I think that need to step away for awhile is something I often feel in the summer). But, you know, life trumps blog, and while I always love reading your posts (here and on Facebook), what really matters is how you're doing, and being healthy and happy. I don't think stepping away now and again is the worst thing.

And anyway, we'll all be here to make fun of you when you come back. (:

Greg said...

Marilyn, I haven't been to anyone's blogs lately. I left a comment on Bill and Arbo's anniversary and a comment on District 9 (I think that was Rick) and that's it. Otherwise I've been offline and it was oddly comforting. I honestly went back and forth as to whether or not to just stop blogging and not come back. And really, concerning the popularity of all of our blogs, Bill's right - Facebook is the main culprit for much of the decline. I left for over a week and I don't think more than a few folks even noticed, so busy is everyone updating their status quotes. Seriously, you put up a post about leaving for a while and three people comment on it. Makes you feel really loved.

And Peter, one thing that always stops comments is holding them for approval. I understand why people do it but I bet if you took that off you'd get more comments because people like interaction and when you have to wait you just move on. Also, I haven't seen 90% of the films I want to see based on everyone's posts because I want to see hundreds and there's just not enough time in the day to watch them all.

Greg said...

Brian, I only came back so I could be made fun of, so thank you for noticing. Leaving the blog for over a week is something I couldn't have done a year or more ago but now I'm fine with it. Part of the change for me was getting rid of sitemeter about six months ago. It was obsessive, seeing who was visiting, when, how often, how many page views, how many unique visitors, etc. I decided to drop it cold turkey and I'm glad I did. I now have no idea who visits and how many pageviews I'm getting and I don't give a shit. Feels good.

Marilyn said...

No explanations necessary. I respect people's right to do whatever they like with their time, and apologize for the outburst.

Greg said...

That was an outburst? It didn't feel that way to me. I know we joke about it a lot but you really are one of the people out there I don't want to offend or disrespect in any way not because I'm your minion (although we all know I am) but because I have developed a genuine fondness for your company as I have with Bill and Arbo and... well, we all know the names. I have to keep blogging and visiting my friends blogs for that reason alone even if it got to the point where no one was reading Cinema Styles anymore.

Peter Nellhaus said...

If I didn't approve comments, you would see a lot of spam for Viagra, non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and porn.

Greg said...

Viagra, non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and porn.

Three things worth fighting for.

Viagra, non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and porn.

If you had a blog about those would you get spam about Bergman, Dreyer and Welles?

Viagra, non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and porn.

The three things Superman really stands for.

Viagra, non-FDA approved pharmaceuticals, and porn.

The three R's are replaced by the three P's (penile erection aids, pharma and porn) for a new age.

I'll add as I think of more.

bill r. said...

Are you back from the movies yet???

Peter Nellhaus said...

Here is something I received in my comments section which may explain why I have a filter. This is actual copy:

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bill r. said...

Peter, that is fucking hilarious. "Influensive"? "Map"???

Greg said...

influensive...

I hear the swine strain is nasty.

bill r. said...

No response to my movie question?

Greg said...

The response is up.