Thursday, September 24, 2009

...and then they realized he wasn't the director


Sorry for disappearing this week except at my photo blogs. All shall return to normal by Monday, no need for corporal punishment. And don't forget, October will soon be upon us and you know what that means don't you? That's right, a month-long celebration of industrial safety films! Oh yeah, and just to mix it up a bit I'll throw in some horror posts too. Thanks.

15 comments:

Ryan Kelly said...

That's right, a month-long celebration of industrial safety films! Oh yeah, and just to mix it up a bit I'll throw in some horror posts too.

The difference being?

Greg said...

The industrial films are bloodier and usually show more ass.

Marilyn said...

Based on your example, I'm beginning to think that the only way to have an active blog is to work full time.

Greg said...

I kind of think that too. At home I keep myself busy taking care of things that I never had time for, searching for job postings, interviews, etc. It's the living in flux that is throwing everything off. There's no stability from one day to the next and the blog takes a back seat. Once a job is landed then a schedule takes over again. The photo blogs are different because I already have the photos archived and it's just a matter of putting them up, no writing involved.

Marilyn said...

I find the job anxiety has me struggling to write, even when I have the time.

Greg said...

Same here. I watch plenty these days but am more and more uninspired to write about them due to other anxieties and tensions.

Rick Olson said...

At least you and Marilyn have reasons for not writing much ... I just seem to be monumentally unmotivated.

I hope both of you find the perfect situations. Living with that kind of anxiety is exhaustive and destructive and just plain no fun at all.

Greg said...

Rick this goes back a ways. I remember putting up that meme about why being a cinephile matters because everyone seemed unmotivated. Then I figured it was all Facebook, which I commented at Doodad Kind of Town yesterday saying that FB replaced our short posts. Thing is though, I don't even see much activity on FB. So what is it? Does blogging run its course after two to three years?

I don't think I'll ever give up blogging or Cinema Styles but I don't feel the urgency I used to about updating around the clock.

Marilyn said...

I think blogging can run its course, and of course, life regularly interrupts. Summers are always kind of slow. I'm not that unmotivated to write; I just haven't seen many films that fired my imagination enough to post on them. Also, I am very involved in the fight for a public option right now. I spend a lot of time reading about that. My interest in film is wavering a bit right now. I get really intensely involved in something for a period (this has been about a 13-year obsession) and then it burns itself out. I'm really thinking about the next great thing, I suppose.

Christopher said...

yaar yaaaar! give it to her good!"
lol..love that picture with the title..Mz Colbert could always use one o them..

Rick Olson said...

Greg, Marilyn:

I've been dabbling in blogging since January, 2007, at first here on blogger, but only serious about it since December of that year. Maybe there is a two-year cycle or so.

I don't think Facebook is the culprit ... for me, anyway. I don't know as I really like the social network side of things. I find it an increasing chore to do the stuff -- make the rounds of the other blogs, for instance -- that brings readers back to my own blog. And if nobody reads it, what's the point?

Then too, I tire of some of the combative nature of movie blogging. People don't read each others' posts carefully -- and I've been guilty of this -- so it doesn't do much good to write something nuanced. A good example was the recent Tarantino flick, which it seemed you either loved or hated, there was no in-between allowed. I didn't hate it or love it, I thought it wasn't his best, but I got dumped into the "hater" category because I dared discuss it's pros and cons. It left a bad taste.

Greg said...

Christopher, thanks. The first time I saw the photo I thought, "What if that's just some guy from the studio wandering in and he says, 'yeah, the director told me you guys have to do a spanking scene. Yeah, that's what he said, a spanking scene."

Greg said...

Marilyn, Rick - It does feel like a two year cycle or so. My first posts here show up as July 07 but actually it was March, it's just that later I deleted so many of my early posts that I changed post dates and moved everything up to July. Anyway, that means it's now been 2 1/2 years for me and there's definitely a burnout. And I can tell you Rick that people who liked or loved Inglorious Basterds felt the same way from the other side: somehow we didn't know movies, we were just blind zombie followers of Quentin Tarantino. And that left a bad taste too. But we've all had major disagreements over movies before. I remember There Will Be Blood had folks taking sides with Jim Emerson leading the "I don't like it" charge. It's just now I don't necessarily want to engage as much. I guess we're all just burned out.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Akira Kurosawa's 100th is coming up this March 23. I thought I'd give a heads up on that one.

Greg said...

That's one I don't think will be ignored. I'm sure there will be blogathons, festivals and parties. Unless he named names in Japan that I'm unfamiliar with.