July 2006 - petrostudio LLC
I found this on YouTube and had to include it here. One of my favorite movies from my favorite filmmakers boiled down to its essence.
VIDEO REMOVED! ARGH!
Truly the greatest word of all time, dropped 281 times in the entire movie – though that number is debatable. This seems to rank TBL as number 5 in the top list of movies that drop the f-bomb the most. As a comparison, “Crash” used the f-bomb only 99 times. So that’s why TBL wasn’t nominated for any Oscars! Fuck.
Maybe I should count how many times I drop the f-bomb during an average day. As a matter of fact, maybe we should see which of my blog readers (all none of you) drop it the most. I guarantee I’m tops.
By the way, did anyone NOT know this? Help me out, here.
I complain a lot. I know it. But have you looked around lately? Maybe you’ll start complaining more, too.
Seriously, I’ve learned in recent years and had several epiphanies in recent months that have curbed my complaining a bit. I do throw out the (often) occasional complaint now and then, but I call them “rants” now, (thank you, Rian,) so that makes everyone feel better, right? And yes, I’m talking to specifically to you. No, to you. Not you, silly, the oth… never mind.
Incidentally, I really wish we all would have more Christian feasts celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. They really help with clarification of your life. What’s important. What’s not. What sucks and what is really a blessing in disguise. It would be great if we could just order them, like Chinese food. It would save a lot of time with the whole self-realization, quiet discovery in the bosum of your apartment’s warmth, quietly sobbing in the dark over a $4 bottle of wine.
Oh, wait. That’s a breakdown. The feast comes AFTER that. Duh.
To stave off a breakdown, I’ve been throwing myself into creative work. Well, not throwing, really. More like tossing lightly. Handing. Dropping? Putting down, gently? One of those. So I’ve been continuing to write. I completed two short screenplays and am working with some friends on a third short. It’s kind of nice to be in an “advisory” position re: story, but at the same time frustrating because I’m not doing the actual writing. It’s letting go of control, which is totally cool, but I’m such as “attack this problem now” kind of guy that it pains me to wait. But I have been, and doing other stuff in the meantime.
Makes it hard to re-focus on actual work, rather than chosen, creative work, though. But here I go…
Before I do: feel the power of the BLOG! Anyone want to trade me something for this bottle of rubber cement?
The Man of Steel is back. And he’s 12. No, seriously, Bryan Singer is a genius, and can do no wrong in my book. Taking what is an old and kitchy superhero series and turning it a little on it’s ear, he’s brought some new ideas to the new Superman movie.
I just don’t buy Routh and Bosworth as any older than they really are, 26 and 23. Yeah, no, since the plot states that Stuperman has been away for 5 years, and it takes place AFTER Superman 2.
And it wasn’t like these two kids were just MEANT to play these parts. There’s no Hugh Jackman/Wolverine perfect match. It doesn’t matter. And it really doesn’t, because the story and the visuals really work.
Superman is larger than life, so the over-the-top CGI works in favor of the movie. Sometimes, it just doesn’t make sense – there are plot holes, continent-sized plot holes. But who cares? Especially when the main twist is revealed. Had me laughing so hard, and “bravo-ing” to Singer for changing Superman lore to fit his needs.
But the bigger, better treat for viewers was the Spider-Man 3 trailer. I had seen it before, so I knew what was coming, but it looks great. Sandman, Green Goblin 2 and the Alien Symbiote that merges with Spidey and then Eddie Brock to become Venom, my favorite Spidey villian. Venom’s cool ’cause he’s nuts and has huge teeth. ‘Nuff said. My only fear is that it will fall into the Batman trap from the Schumacher (say it with me, “Batman suit with nipples”) years, where there were too many villians distracting from the main character’s struggles and story.
I wax philosophical about superheroes because, amazingly, their movies often deal with more human-sized drama and strife than a standard kitchen-sink drama. When was the last time you really cared about a human character in a movie? How about every superhero movie in the Singer-era. Nolan’s Batman was phenomenal, as are all of Singer’s X-Men. Ratner can suck an egg.
To be true, there are movies out there with great human drama on a small scale. These movies I love. Sideways. Lonesome Dove. Magnolia. The Breakfast Club. No bigger than life characters. Just normal people with problems. I love that.
Cause we all have ’em.