Sunday, April 15, 2018

We do not talk,

we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.

- Henry Miller

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Competitive

truth-telling

Monday, December 18, 2017

The end

keeps coming.

Friday, November 10, 2017

This way of life

devours flesh. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

There is nothing bad about being wrong

Except the insistence on continuing to be wrong. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Each pure thing, chained,

find reason to be named a beast. 

- Beast Wagon finale

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Techno

illogical. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

And they lived happily ever after.

For a while. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You told a lie so good

that it became the truth.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

He wants the adventure

but not the trouble. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Not to be fearless,

But to fear less. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

He’s an idea so powerful

that we can’t destroy him by rationality.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Please, lord, let me get one more.

Hacksaw Ridge - 2.5/5
First half sucks, straight cornpone, Andrew Garfield with an accent stupider than his actual speaking voice; but that battlefield's a rager. Mel Gibson's directorial proclivities tend to be less about courage, in particular, but the endurance of courage over time. The difficulty of sustaining faith. Moral torture porn. Spiritual masochism. But he doesn't really talk about belief, to dive in deep; he just wants to show it, and for us to accept it. "Belief'd be a lot easier if, um, nobody'd question it," almost as if to say. There's almost an interesting parallel with the Japanese man's seppuku at the end – a strange belief that we don't relate to, but is true to them – but that just seems odd, other, while Desmond's belief is acceptable, no need to question. Test, yes, but not question. I have a great admiration for the morality at the center of this movie and I think Desmond Doss is an unbelievably heroic human being whom I greatly admire, but I just have this personal thing where I wish a sense of right and wrong didn't come from above.

I've come to bargain.

Dr. Strange - 3/5
That Dark Light Store At The Mall: The Movie. You know how Matrix pulled from obscure sources to make its ideas seem fresh? Dr. Strange feels like it's pulling from obvious sources to make its ideas seem fresh. It's nothing you haven't seen before – but that doesn't mean it's not still fun to watch. A rollercoaster's a rollercoaster, bro-bro. It's the story of most Marvel movies – half good, half 'wish it was better.' More concerned with building a sequel than building a story. But fun to watch.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

All ratted up like a teenage Jezebel.

Hairspray (Original) - 2.5/5
What it shares with the musical (which I love) is that Tracy Turnblad is so genuinely enthusiastic. She just wants to dance and she ain't got reason to only dance with one type of person. Beyond that, a lot of the movie just felt like a reason for John Waters to pull out his record collection (which is fantastic). He wants to share his taste with you, good and bad.