Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Koyaanisqatsi - 7.5/10. Koyaanisqatsi - A state of life that calls for another state of living. Fucking... weird little movie. A series of visual sequences that seems to follow a linear sequence of no manmade to all manmade. You could probably imply what you want out of it, but that definition up there keeps you focused. It basically ends up being one long, incredible music video. Philip Glass plays throughout and it's fucking... enthralling. There is no plot, no characters, but the music builds and builds to this incredible tension and and and. It's an experience? What?

By: narbes on 11/28/2007 1:57:36 AM

i like it when the camera zooms out from a metropolitan sprawl and we see photographs of cities taken from satellites, then we are shown photographs of microprocessors, and suddenly the metaphor becomes clear.

Sometimes I hate myself.

Monday, November 26, 2007

In my vanity, I thought I could make you love me.

the new world - 6/10. caricatures. one of those period piece romances where they don't speak or say anything interesting but just look at each other a lot. it gets good approximately two hours in when it becomes about what it takes to let go of an old love and try something new with someone else, with both of them realizing it won't be as good as the other one. that was interesting to me.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

100th post bonanza!

Things I've learned about myself:

I'm not very interesting.


It's sad to fall asleep.

It separates people. Even when you're sleeping together, you're all alone.

- that french movie.

Thanksgiving movie marathon!!!

jacob's ladder - 6/10. p s y c h o l o g i c a l t h r i l l e r. there is about a 15 minute stretch which is incredibly interesting, but the movie blows it by one, trying to rationalize what's happening instead of letting it be bizarre and two, by throwing that to the wind for the sake of a surprise ending. kin to that movie where william hurt throws himself at a wall.

fantastic four: rise of the silver surfer - 4/10. listen, the first one was light fun. it was breezy. the second one is more of that, except it doesn't even try to pretend to be more than it is. it exists so a character everybody thinks is cool can appear in a movie.

walking tall - 5/10. the one with the rock. there is no reason for this movie to exist. it is taking up space.

i'm tired of watching movies.

i don't think i'm gonna do it anymore.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It'd probably be annoying.

the darjeeling limited - as an avid hater of everything wes anderson does, i can tell you this: i enjoyed it. it seemed to make light of the wes anderson tropes and even had a main character who seemed annoyed by the typical wes anderson character. i don't know if it was intentional, but it was how i interpreted it. it's a nothing of a movie - light and inconsequential, but moving all the same. i predict his next movie will finally be different from what's come before. 7.5/10.

also, i had been drinking.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The future of city living.

pink flamingos - 7/10. crazy, filthy texas chainsaw massacre. i knew about the poop scene but i was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn't the worst thing in the movie. hilarious narration. should've been about a half hour shorter - scenes tended to run long.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A new name for everything.

"For us to live and die properly, things have to be named properly. Let us reclaim our words."

- John Berger

Friday, November 16, 2007

Rap represented in mathematical charts and graphs.

"So you get to forget? That is heaven."

after life - 7.5/10. Korean. A weird experiment, half documentary, half movie. A group of people are brought to a waystation between life and death in order to determine which memory they want to relive over and over for the rest of their life, with some of the people being not actors, recounting real memories, and then having them recreated to take with them. There's a plot weaved through, about the potential love between two of the waystation workers, and it's strong, but just the simple fact that it's two hours of people recounting their favorite moments, these stupid, small moments - it can't help but to get to me.

I am Shiva, the God of death.

michael clayton - don'twatchthiswhenyou'rehalfasleep/10. of what i could follow, it didn't seem to be anything but a darker 'erin brockovich.'

Thursday, November 15, 2007

For Dana.

R.I.P., Dana.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It is preferable not to travel with a dead man.

dead man - 8/10. johnny depp, jim jarmusch, notable sides. a journey movie. slow and plodding, but it's pretty much fantastic. basically, a prissy boy who doesn't realize he's already dead travels to stay alive and changes and hardens into the person everyone else thinks they're chasing. often surreal, similar in spirit to 'night of the hunter,' also with robert mitchum, also fantastic.

A website dedicated to stories about Roy Orbison wrapped in clingfilm

I start at the ankles and work up. I am like a spider binding him in my gossamer web. I do it tight with several layers. Soon Roy Orbison stands before me, completely wrapped in cling-film. The pleasure is unexampled.

'You are completely wrapped in cling-film,' I say.

'You win the bet,' says Roy, muffled. 'Now unwrap me.'

'Not for several hours.'


The internet, ladies and gentlemen.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Seymour Sued Over Noisy House Parties

Actress Jane Seymour will face her British neighbors in court this week after locals complained about the "raucous" late-night parties held at her mansion in Bath, England. The former Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, 56, holds a 24-hour entertainment license for the country home - but residents claim the round-the-clock gatherings are disturbing the peace of the area.


in other news,

i don't plan on hating 'no country for old men.'

my little pony.

1 - Being courageous is easy when you're helping someone.
2 - Just because you look like a monster doesn't mean you are a monster.
3 - Spiders are ticklish.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

my adidas.

just for kicks - 7/10. a documentary on the history of sneaks and the sneaker hunter/collector culture. it's basically what our cultural exploration class should be. i now hold sneakers responsible for the decline of civilization.

roll call:

1 cary grant
2 paul newman
3 peter o'toole

how to steal a million - 5.5/10. a waste of peter o'toole and audrey hepburn together. they're dolls, but the writing isn't as funny and fast-paced as we'd all like it to be. way too light for the running time.

Monday, November 5, 2007

How to beat Gaurav at ping pong:

top spin
top spin
top spin
top spin
back spin