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Role-Play It As It Lays

Monday, July 7th, 2014


I remember reading a book on Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) a few years ago and like most books that I read that are supposed to “improve myself”, I pretty much forgot everything that I read (which is generally why I avoid reading such books). However, I do have one take away from the book…which is that how a person uses language unconsciously projects the learning style.

If they say “I hear you”, they’re an auditory learner.

If they say “I see you”, they’re a visual learner.

If they say “I feel you”, they’re a kinesthetic learner.

The Beauty of Brutality

Monday, April 15th, 2013

“Let us rejoice and let us sing…
And dance and ring in the new…
Hail Atlantis”…Donovan


Ideally, the use of music in film is to accentuate the action being shown on the screen. When the director makes the right choice, the synergy can be incredible (such as when Antonioni layered Pink Floyd’s “Careful That Axe Eugene” onto his Dali-esque final scene of Zabriskie Point).

The Godard Coincidence

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013


I guess my relationship with the films of Jean-Luc Godard could be described as “It’s Complicated”.

I’ve gone out of my way to seen every film I have had access to…which might be close to 30. Yet, it’s hard to say I really like his films…it’s more that I find them extremely interesting.

His early to mid-60’s films were the best. Known as the father of the French New Wave, Godard’s films had an incredible style to them even though I didn’t necessarily understand the point of his artistic effort. He also featured incredible looking women (especially the smoking hot Anna Karina) and allusions to socialist politics which weren’t all that obtrusive at first but got much more so later to the detriment of his art IMO.

I’ve Never Seen That TV Show

Monday, February 18th, 2013


It was 1980 and I was 13 years old. Mork and Mindy had just started its third season. As I recall, the first two years were really great but during the third season, the show went downhill fast. I was extremely disillusioned by this happenstance. The kid in me, in some sort of silent social protest, swore off network television shows for good.

For good. Forever.

Really. Not joking.

Curious Behavior At The Movies

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

I went to see “The Artist” yesterday and I saw a behavior that I’ve seen many times before that I find curious and rather strange.

The line to buy tickets was about 20-25 deep. 2 cashiers were on duty selling tickets.

On either side of the ticket windows sat a Regal Automatic Ticket Kiosk. Nobody was using either.

The weather outside was brisk, windy & rainy (if you weren’t under the overhang). Yet people universally decided that they rather stand in the ticket line exposed to the weather instead of using the kiosk.

Marineland Memories

Monday, December 19th, 2011

This post is in a similar vein to Google Street View 1968 (Model Shop).

I was watching another random 70’s movie this weekend. Entitled “Zig Zag” w/ George Kennedy, it was from 1970 and was filmed around Los Angeles in many locales that were either somewhat or very familiar to me (and FYI, the movie was WAY better than most of the IMDB reviews).

Tree Of Life Movie Review

Monday, June 27th, 2011

I’m not going to try to describe how powerful and compelling this movie is for me…too many other folks have done that far better than I can and I don’t have the time to write a post that lengthy. However, I will say the following:

If space aliens came from a galaxy far far away and decided to destroy our planet because we’ve made a jolly mess of things and humanity was permitted to offer one piece of evidence as to why earth should be saved, I think a DVD copy of this film would be what I would offer.

Google Street View 1968 (Model Shop)

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I watch a lot of movies from the 1960’s and 1970’s and in that cultural vein, I recently viewed “Model Shop”  with Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood.   As a conventional movie, it wasn’t great and it definitely felt culturally dated.  As an anthropological / sociological relic from the near past, it was absolutely mesmerizing and because of my personal relationship with the movie locale, it was a total mindf***.

Final Scene Of Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point = Dali In Motion

Monday, May 24th, 2010

While I don’t think Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point is quite the film accomplishment of Blow Up or Red Desert, I still think it’s a heck of an important movie and probably (along with The Passenger) much more accessible to American audiences than his earlier works. I can go on and on about how much I love Antonioni’s films…however, that’s not the point of my post.

First, for reference, here is the last 9 minutes of Zabriskie Point. About the 4:00 mark is when the final “action” begins (the house blowing up…sorry if I ruined it for you) and at 5:20 the final “scene” begins.

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