Monday, August 10, 2009

TOERIFC August: The Merchant of the Four Seasons


Don't forget: Next Monday at Fox's place will be August's TOERIFC discussion of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Merchant of the Four Seasons. Usual posting time is around 10 a.m. and the discussion should be, as always, fast and furious so be ready. The movie is available on Netflix Instant Viewing so it's about as easy as can be to watch it before the discussion although if you can get it on DVD that's preferable as the picture quality is much better and the adherence to proper aspect ratios with Netflix Instant Viewing is hit or miss at best.

Also, my final October trailer has been completed, the one in which you find out what's going on with all that "they're coming" stuff. I always get excited about October, my favorite month of the year, and this year's Octoberfest will be another day in, day out celebration of the world of horror culminating in... well, something. I don't know what yet because I haven't completed all the montages yet but I will, promise.

For now, remember - The Merchant of the Four Seasons, next Monday at Tractor Facts.

30 comments:

Marilyn said...

Woo hoo!

Greg said...

My sentiments exactly.

Marilyn said...

Copycat.

Greg said...

My sentiments exactly.

Pat said...

I was pretty happy with the quality of the Netflix download I watched, actually.

Looking forward to this. Even though there are cobwebs growing over my own blog right now, I'm looking forward to participating in another lively discussion with my fellow bloggers.

Greg said...

Lately it seems they've been a lot better (netflix instant viewing that is). But it's still hit or miss with me. Sometimes they look great, sometimes it looks like the print sat in someone's tin shed for 40 years before they ran it.

It should be a good one as have been the ones preceeding it. I look forward to it as well as I do with all of them. You're still the all-time champ with 270 comments.

Rick Olson said...

Unfortunately, I will be driving back from Virginia on that day ... it might be I can check in before I leave ... but we usually get away about eight your time, Greg ...

I'll try to check in on my iPhone, though. It's freeway all the way, so at least I'll have Edge.

by the way: my sediments exactly.

I believe my article was the all-time lowest number of comments. I am perversely proud.

Peter Nellhaus said...

But if his name is Fox and he's writing about Fassbinder, shouldn't he be writing about Fox and his Friends?

Just asking.

BTW, I was the Assistant Manager at the Greenwich Theater in NYC, where Merchant of Four Seasons had it's first commercial run in the U.S. I let NY Times critic Roger Greenspan in for free.

Greg said...

Rick, your's was not the lowest in comments, two were lower. The first discussion is the lowest because there weren't as many people chiming in as there are now. Still, it got 176 comments. Pat is the champ with 270. Dancer in the Dark really sparked some conversation. Perhaps Fox can take us past 300 but I think that's about the limit for a day and evening conversation. Much more than that and I think it would be impossible to converse on the topic at all.

Greg said...

Peter, that would have been a natural choice but Fox likes to misdirect people for fun.

And I'm glad you didn't let Alan Greenspan in for free because that would have gone against his Objectivist Randian values and possibly made his head explode.

bill r. said...

I'm really looking forward to this movie. I haven't seen a lot of Fassbinder, but I find him fascinating, so I have high hopes for the film itself. And lately, in these discussions I've kind of been the Negative Nelly lately, so I'm hoping to have reason to change that.

Marilyn said...

I think comments on my entry were the lowest because after a while, there wasn't anything more to say. Was he or wasn't he, that sort of thing. There can be much more to discuss in a feature film than a documentary.

Greg said...

Bill, I actually call you "Nelly" in my head now. Anyway, a better way to look at it is to call yourself "the voice of dissent." That sounds a lot cooler.

bill r. said...

Ooh..."The Voice of Dissent". That's awesome. I'm changing the name of my blog.

Greg said...

Marilyn, I disagree. I think many documentaries can get people talking for days it's just that it was the first one. I mean, the range minus me and Pat is 176 to 202 which is 26 comments, easily accounted for with 4 or 5 less people commenting. Mine only went further because we started talking about prostitution near the end. But the actual conversation about The Tin Drum stopped around 180 or so just like everyone else. The only true abberation so far is Pat's hosting of Dancer in the Dark. All the conversation was about the movie and damn did it get discussed.

Greg said...

Sorry Bill but I just googled it and there's already sites and blogs with that name. Maybe you could be "the voice of ascent." I just googled that and no one has been punnishly clever enough to use it yet. Think of it: People would think, "Ah, ascent. So he just agrees with the masses," and then, BAM, they get a mouthful of common sense, Paine style!

Or it could alternately mean ascent as in going up, the voice that will raise you up in whatever, your thinking or spirit or something. Anyway, it's there for the taking if you want it.

Rick Olson said...

Bill, what about the "voice of pissant?" I'll bet nobody has THAT one.

And I am devastated that I don't have the lowest number of comments. I will shoot myself tomorrow. Or maybe the next day. Shit! Where'd I put the gun?

bill r. said...

I can't believe "The Voice of Dissent" has already been taken. I wonder what they write about, and if they have any humility or a sense of humor.

Greg said...

Rick, I hid the gun for your own safety. I'm worried about you.

Greg said...

Bill, the first blog I went to with that name seemed to have nothing whatsoever to do with dissent but he did have a picture of his thumb and how he had accidentally cut off part of it with a razor.

bill r. said...

Bill, the first blog I went to with that name seemed to have nothing whatsoever to do with dissent but he did have a picture of his thumb and how he had accidentally cut off part of it with a razor...

Ow. Now I feel bad for the Voice of Dissent.

Marilyn said...

I am the Voice of Descent. I'm going down.... now.....

Ed Howard said...

I'm really looking forward to this. I love Fassbinder's work in general but it's been a long time since I've seen this film -- with more of his oeuvre behind me now, I'm excited to revisit it. Should be a great conversation.

Fox said...

First off... THANKS, GREG!!!

Unfortunately, I will be driving back from Virginia on that day ... it might be I can check in before I leave ... but we usually get away about eight your time, Greg ......

Thanks a lot, Rick. If I find out you're watchin the film on your iPhone as you drive back, well, then that's just rude buddy!!!

And lately, in these discussions I've kind of been the Negative Nelly lately, so I'm hoping to have reason to change that....

Bill. No lie, I was actually wondering how you would respond to this movie as I was watching parts of it last night. I'm so very curious. Curious what EVERYONE will think.

I think comments on my entry were the lowest because after a while, there wasn't anything more to say....

It was also the first TOERIFC, Marilyn. Not only were people new to it all, but I don't know if we had that many "extras" at that point like we've had with others.

As far as "descent", I think that word can apply to The Merchant of Four Seasons, but I will pinch my lips as I feel some premature evaluation coming out...

Greg said...

Fox, Rick doesn't like us anymore and that's his baloney excuse for not taking part. He's actually home right now and will be on Monday too, spying, lurking but never commenting.

Bill, don't cut off your thumb to one-up the voice of dissent.

Marilyn, if you combined the voice of ascent with the voice of descent would that be a voice that always operates at an even pitch?

Ed, it's another TOERIFC choice for discussion and I look forward to it, as well as your now traditional post-discussion write-up.

bill r. said...

I hope I like it, Fox. If this gives you any clue, of the four Fassbinders I've seen, my favorites are Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (the latter being my true favorite), and I actually haven't disliked any of them.

Ed Howard said...

Bill, if you like Fear Eats the Soul, I imagine you'll like this one. I like Herr R. too, but it was kind of an uncharacteristic film for Fassbinder, a formalist experiment that was one of two very ununusal films he made with co-director Michael Fengler (the other is the incredibly weird Niklashausen Journey). Actually, in a very interesting interview with Hanna Schygulla, she says that Fassbinder didn't even direct Herr R., that he came up with the idea and then left it to Fengler to actually make it.

Fox said...

Bill-

I agree with Ed on the similarities between Ali and Merchant, so it should indeed be interesting to see how you respond to the latter.

Also, I'm pretty convinced Hanna Schygulla is one of the hottest Germans ever.

Krauthammer said...

My local video store doesn't carry it, so it looks like I'll be sitting this one out yet again.

Greg said...

Krauthammer, you're not on Netflix? Damn, just do a free trial sign-up or something and watch in online. Or how about Amazon.com on Demand? I bet they have it.