Category Archives: Film


Martinis last night. Why martinis? Could it be Mad Men fever? Actually, it was because of Julie and Julia. They were drinking Martinis in just about every scene. So after the movie, Julie and I (the real Julie) went to CostPlus to obtain the paraphrenelia. Then we went to Safeway to obtain the hooch. Then

Film Peeve

Here’s a new one: Character is in a situation that triggers a memory. Now we go with that character into the memory for a while, a minute, two 30 seconds, whatever, but it’s long enough to shift context and follow a sub-narrative. Then we return to the original context, the present, with character’s face absorbed

Video Editing

Been playing around with Adobe Premier Elements 7 to make some homemade DVDs. Had to make one for my parent’s 50th anniversary, for example, and made a couple with Yosemite trip videos. It’s not a pro app, more of a hobbyist or non-professional user, but still it’s a nice way to edit simple home videos.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009 film)

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009 film) – Wikipedia I would think a remake of this awesome movie would be a lot more fun if they would actually still set it in the 70′s. But I have a feeling it will be updated in a predictable boring way. I hope I’m wrong.

Der Golem

Last night I saw the great film The Golem: How He Came Into the World at the Castro Theater in SF. It was scored by Black Francis which made it all the more amazing. The film is incredible — the set designs, the costumes, every visual aspect was just memerizing. Frank Black’s original songs and

Cinema Annoyances

Two for the “Cinema” category of “Pet Peeves”: 1) you know the thing where they show you a thing for a second, then fade to back real fast, then show you a thing, then fade to black real soon, over and over? Often times its a really interesting visual — you really want to see

Straw Dogs

Just watched the movie Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin Hoffman. An amazing, intense and strange movie. Hoffman plays an American mathmetician married to a young British woman who relocate to her tiny village so he can work on a book. It’s a gothic sort of thing with these ominous menacing local characters in the town

The Thrill Of It All

I’m enjoying the heck out of the Roxy Music DVD “Thrill of It All: A Visual History 1972-1982″ I read about it in The New Yorker and don’t have a whole lot to add to that. But it’s just beautiful. I love Eno’s various machines, hairstyles and blouses. I also enjoy how incongruous the low-tech

Love Story

Last night I watched that corny old film Love Story (1970). I love watching films from the 70′s, I guess because I grew up then, and I enjoy relearning all the cultural information coded into the texture of the film, beyond just what the story wants me to know. The fashion, the modes of speech,

Children of Men

I watched this film on cable the other day. It was enjoyable. I always enjoy the bleak, near future sci-fi stories. But the main thing that thrilled me was a long sequence featuring King Crimson’s “In The Court Of The Crimson King” for no obvious reason other than it sounded cool.