Diet Pepsi

September 9, 2011

Does anyone else remember this?  I still love it

 

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Hail, Hail, Euphoria

December 12, 2010

I liked this book, it is obvious that Blount Jr. really loves the Marx Brothers, as do I.  This, if you hadn’t guessed, is an in depth look at the film Duck Soup and stories about the people involved in its production, namely the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chicko, Harpo and Zeppo).   I found this book entertaining for the most part.  I wasn’t as big of a fan of some of the long tangents Blount Jr. made about the non-Brothers people involved.  But it kept me interested the whole time.  I do think that as a reader you ether have to be a fan of the Marx Brothers or you need to watch Duck Soup before you  read it.

“You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.”

-Gummo Marx (the only of the brothers not in Duck Soup)

SBIFF

February 9, 2010

Hey Guys and Gals.  I am writing a bunch of articles for Santa Barbara’s citizen journalism website City2.0 in which I am critiquing movies that are being shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  If you are interested you should go ahead and look at the following link that goes to my part of their website ‘A Sober Perspective‘ (I know its cheesy).  Later on I will repost some of the articles on here but during the festival I am leaving them just on the City2.0 web page.  I hope you read and enjoy.  Please let me know if you think that I should change my writing style or layout.

Woody Allen Weekend

March 2, 2008

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I’ve had a good weekend watching three Woody Allen movies I hadn’t previously watched.  The first one was Manhattan.  I liked it but I it isn’t on my top list.  I felt like it was too much of an outlet for Woody’s inelegance and lacked enough plot to keep me really interested.

The second one I watched was Manhattan Murder Mystery and as you can assume it was much more plot driven.  This was a wonderful film.  Woody was sharp as a tack as usual and the combination of that with suspense really made this film shine.  He also brought back Diane Keaton, the only female costar Woody has ever had real on-screen chemistry with.

The third film of Woody’s was his early and often unappreciated What’s Up, Tiger Lilly?.  Here Woody took a Japanese action film and redubbed it with with crack humor.  Now I can understand why this might not be the most popular of his films but I was a lot of fun.  The ridiculous dialogue fits the actions so well that you almost can’t make out the original intent of certain scenes.

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The Night of the Hunter is a black and white film staring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish (man she is good). It is an outstanding, not hard-boiled, example of film noir. Director, Charles Laughton, is amazing at using sets to make seemingly two dimensional sets with an unworldly quality, not unlike films of the German Expressionist movement and the feel of the Twilight Zone.

The film is about a psychotic ‘priest’ who marries the widow of a man he killed in prison in order to get a hold of previously stolen money. This leads to him stalking two children. Talk about crazy religious people, this movie has ’em. The combination of fundamentalist christian ideals and a blood thirsty mad man brings this chilling movie way up on my list. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like to cast a cynical eye on fundamentalists.

This film went on to inspire John Kricfalcusi, the animator best known for the Ren and Stimpy Show. For anyone who has seen Ren and Stimpy I think it will be obvious. Many of his human caricatures look strikingly like Robert Mitchum.

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I love this shot, Shelley Winters looking hopeful right after she has been slapped by her psycho husband

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The use of cut out sets and splashes of light to create a scene

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Again, cut out set. So good

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I like this framing

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2D buildings look great and that fake sky is so wonderful

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Fake horizon is perfect with a horse riding on it

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Whistler’s Mother with a shot gun

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Marven K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

Movie Review for Danielson: a Family movie {or, Make a Joyful Noise HERE}

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This was an interesting documentary about a great band. Interesting because instead of focusing mainly on the events that lead to what is going on now in the life of the bands Danielson and The Danielson Family, the makers chose to dwell, for the whole film, on the fact that Danielson is a Christian band that does not fit into the Christian-Band genera. Yes, I agree that this is interesting and a point that makes Danielson a very unique performer but even Daniel Smith (Danielson) didn’t want to dwell on this point. What I can say for the movie is that it was incredibly informative about the history and the components that went into creating what is now commonly viewed as a strange shrieking man in a tree costume. It gives you a very personal aproach to the band, featuring large chunks of the film that are narrated by (family and friend) band members. I enjoyed it, but thought that it dragged a little to the end. It will make you want to find more of this wonderful music.

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The Danielson Family in their ‘healing’ nurses outfits

Friends Come In All Sizes

February 11, 2008

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Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie Death To Smoochy should go out an rent it, unless you have kids.  This dark comedy takes a look at the slimy underbelly of children’s entertainment including a corrupt charity, drug addicted show hosts, a children’s show gropie and of course Nazis.  But in all actuality it is fairly light hearted and innocent.

‘Helvetica’

January 20, 2008

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So here’s an interesting documentary. As you might guess, this film presents not only the time-line of the famous font but its significance in the modern global culture. Having been created in the early mid-’50s , Helvetica was intended to be clean and universal while retaining a curvature which denoted a welcoming, human atmosphere. In essence, an institutional neutral font was borne. Come the ’60 corporations were jumping at the opportunity to re-invent their image with clean lines. You can now see Helvetica almost everywhere you go, in corporate logos such as American Airlines, Urban Outfitters and Sears, and yes in all public governmental signage. Helvetica is the worlds most readable font, and this film is about the people who made it, the people who love it and the people who hate it.

The above image was my spin off of a design my boyfriend was working on. He found out that the word heart does not look good in Helvetica.

Aaaaaahahahahaha!

December 10, 2007

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I just watched The NeverEnding Story. Its not that good of a movie but I love the intense ending. “Call my name!!!” This girl looks like an alien. So this post goes out to Tami Stronach. Thank you for being an odd little lady.

p.s. she is now a modern dancer

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I just recently saw the movie “The Saddest Song in the World” which I thought was odd and wonderful production. Filmed and cut like it was from the German Expressionist movement of the 1920 this movie uses the outrageously stereotyped views of the nations of the world in order to form a comedy that is rich in its good-old-fashion discrimination. The main plot behind the movie is that a rich beer baroness of Winnipeg (the proclaimed depression capital of the world), decides to hold a contest to find the saddest song in the world, a ploy to rase sales durring the simultanius economic depresson. So all the nations of the world send representatives to participate in a sing-off. Set up in battle style, you get to see Siam vs. Mexico, Serbia vs. Spain and Africa vs. Canada fighting to be the saddest. There is also a tragedy to be found in the side story which is based between the Baroness and the representatives of Canada, USA and Serbia. But alas, don’t let tragedy sway you from watching this gem, you will also get to see ridiculous spectators, obnoxious stock footage and a functional pair of beer filled, glass legs. Who could ask for more.