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Hello all.

I am sitting at home and finally giving the new Say Anything a listen, genuinely surprised by how much I am enjoying it. I suppose this has to do with all the negative reviews I have read so far. I really need to stop listening to other people until I give it a listen for myself. I have NOTHING going on today, I went to a screening of a film called Beau Travail this morning, a bizarre but shockingly interesting film. For those who follow me on Twitter, this post may seem a bit redundant due to the fact that I am currently going through TimeOut’s 1000 Films to Change Your Life and it’s a great read. I tweeted a bit of what I found interesting this morning so here are those tweets and some other general thoughts. I am only about halfway through it so I might have more to add later.

Amazon link.

From my Twitter:

Michael Mann on DR. STRANGELOVE – “shit, this thing is going to end soon.” For those who have ever felt that way understand how imp. that is

Jonathan Romney describing MEMENTO as “gimmicky but satisfying” is brilliant

From my personal notes:

“At this point, it should be noted that while some contemporary comedies are considered acceptable, these are normally made by Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, or Alexander Payne, so aren’t actually funny at all. They might make you chuckle (inwardly), stroke your beard and say ‘how clever’, but they’re not exactly Airplane!.) – Peter Watts in “Have a sense of humour!”

“I don’t think that the fear of cinema being obsolete has any reason to exist, because it’s not the big screen that makes a cinema superior to your home theatre – it’s the fact that you’re watching it with an audience, and particularly that you’re watching with people who you don’t know. ” – Roman Polanski on “Safety in numbers”

The first quote made me laugh out loud in the library. The article itself was brilliant and extremely pertinent to a good deal of my thoughts as of late. I have been discussing with numerous people how much flack comedies get that they shouldn’t. Sure, there are some real duds out there but there are at least a few good comedies that come out a year (hell, I put Forgetting Sarah Marshall on my top ten of 2008). This article points out that AFI selected The 40 Year Old Virgin for one of the best movies of 2005 which says a lot. The second quote, from one of my favorite directors, is a great explanation of the “theater experience,” one of the biggest joys in my life.

I hope you all enjoyed those, the book itself is fantastic. The site has a new post, here it is, and there are only three more entries into the Horror Project. Thank you for reading!


Written by thomasbalkcom

November 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

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