Tuesday, December 29, 2009

English language word of the week: Quintessence

He/she/or it is the quintessence or the epitome of. A certain type of style. Falling Water became the quintessence or epitome of the modernist mid-century style. Came to define the style.

Main Entry: quin·tes·sence
Pronunciation: \kwin-ˈte-sən(t)s\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French quinte essence, from Medieval Latin quinta essentia, literally, fifth essence
Date: 15th century
1 : the fifth and highest element in ancient and medieval philosophy that permeates all nature and is the substance composing the celestial bodies
2 : the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
3 : the most typical example or representative
— quin·tes·sen·tial \ˌkwin-tə-ˈsen(t)-shəl\ adjective
— quin·tes·sen·tial·ly adverb

I use it mainly as in the second definition. Isn't the first definition beautiful though??????j NOw that I read the third version that is the most used definition today, The fifth essence of what?

Here is from an online encyclopedia. Alchemy: I had a feeling that is what is meant by fifth element. Distilled to it's purest form. Cutting to the core, incisive.

quintessence substance latent in all things, the extraction of which was one of the objects of alchemy XV; most essential part XVI. — F. quintessence, †quinte essence — medL. quinta essentia ‘fifth essence’, the fifth primary body besides the elements of earth, fire, air, and water.
Hence quintessential XVII.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Great" interview with Amy Heckerling, director of Clueless about Brittany Murphy.

A must read and a must think about interview with Amy Heckerling talking about the tragedy of Brittany Murphy. This seems to be a topic well- hidden and not discussed in H-Wood, or in the popular media, until a tragic death like this occurs. Ms. Heckerling directed Brittany Murphy in her breakthrough role in Clueless.

Re: the photos here I have posted:
The picture of her with the bloated lips and skeletal sunken in eyes emciated face........really scary

the picture from Maxim with the oddly alien looking boobs and again skeletal body. Did men really lust over this photo? not sexy!!!

And the black dress photo---that stick thin emaciated body. How sad!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Whiny Complaints.

I feel grumpy and tired, irritable and like I ate too much bad food from Boston Market.

I want to have energy and be in a good mood and stay up later and write. but I am wiped out, lethargic, irritable and grouchy.

This is a personal note to self.

No one in the outside world will be interested. It is like SO WHAT.

Fell grumpy and tired again here on 1-1-2010

OK something more fun---I love casting considerations in movies. really interesting to see who was up for a role and who got the role!


Friday, December 18, 2009

English vocabularly word of the week. Jocular

Shit I need the word of the week. How about jocular? just sprang into my head fully formed. Like Athena out of Zeus, I think is that right? Help me with my Greek Mythology everyone........Love to do this rambling high like this. It is fun. I love Tom Ford. I can't wait to see his film. I heard only a snippet of an interview with him on Terry Gross/Fresh Air. I want my own 5 questions segment with him. Ask him about his velvet jacket . The objectification of men along the lines of women's objectification. Ask him a bout Yves Saint Laurent, Sophie Dahl and her skin and her being a plus size model, and all the other stuff I know about him. Full frontal for men. He says he posed nude for an ad or a fashion shoot. I don't know if that is what the image is here, the one man looks like he could be Tom.

Anyway this nude male photo was labeled Tom Ford. The photo you are looking at. Yes, I just checked and the man on the left is indeed the very handsome and sexy Tom Ford. And he does indeed look quite jocular in this advertisement.

Main Entry: joc·u·lar
Pronunciation: \ˈjä-kyə-lər\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin jocularis, from joculus, diminutive of jocus
Date: 1626
1 : given to jesting : habitually jolly or jocund
2 : characterized by jesting : playful
synonyms see witty
— joc·u·lar·i·ty \ˌjä-kyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-\ noun
— joc·u·lar·ly \ˈjä-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb
Main Entry: jo·cund
Pronunciation: \ˈjä-kənd also ˈjō-(ˌ)kənd\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jucundus, from juvare to help
Date: 14th century
: marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness
synonyms see merry
— jo·cun·di·ty \jō-ˈkən-də-tē, jä-\ noun
— jo·cund·ly \ˈjä-kənd-lē, ˈjō-(ˌ)\ adverb

Main Entry: jo·cund
Pronunciation: \ˈjä-kənd also ˈjō-(ˌ)kənd\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jucundus, from juvare to help
Date: 14th century
: marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness

synonyms see merry
— jo·cun·di·ty \jō-ˈkən-də-tē, jä-\ noun
— jo·cund·ly \ˈjä-kənd-lē, ˈjō-(ˌ)\ adverb

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

This symbolizes the perfect metaphor for what is wrong with my life right now

I was all set to use my tape recorder this morning because I have 7 observations on the Tiger Woods situation. When I saw that my tape recorder wasn't there, I was shocked as I felt certain I knew had put it there, next to my Mac, ready for transcribing my scintillating ideas. I quickly became frustrated with the larger picture of the disarray and disorganization of my life. I felt very very upset because all kinds of great stuff was on it screenplay dialog scene outlines, comparison of Sam Wagstaff, Andy Warhol, Charles Phoenix and ME! I got a hit in my mind that it might be where Jett was playing with a castle set. If I do find it here", I said to myself, "that tells me my gut reactions , intuition, deeper sense perception is certainly something I can rely on. My eye happened to catch the tape under Ben's bed. When I looked closer I could see the tape all pulled out, the tape recorder laying close by. That is what this is a picture of.
I know it is not literally true, but it is metaphorically true, and a perfect symbol of: Jett and my having the 4th child is sabotaging my last gasp last grasp at a meaningful creative passionate life.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Serendipity: great English Language word of the week

Another gem from the English language. To find something fortunate, when you have been looking for something else. Any works of literature or movies that you care to send in, which illustrate the definition of our word of the week, is greatly appreciated! And here is a FAB photo of Joan Crawford for you. Sorry no credit on it--but she used to pose for hours in MGM costumes for a photographer, whose work of her became famous. He took thousands of photos of her. I read a book about it with all the glorious photos, and MGM dresses and beautiful young ambitious Joanie. I could probably find out the name of the book if I go digging around at Amazon. I know I checked it out at Columbine.

The following definition is taken from Wikipedia:

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated. The word has been voted as one of the ten English words that were hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company.[1] However, due to its sociological use, the word has been imported into many other languages (Portuguese serendipicidade or serendipidade; French sérendipicité or sérendipité but also heureux hasard, "fortunate chance"; Italian serendipità; Dutch serendipiteit; German Serendipität; Swedish, Danish and Norwegian serendipitet; Romanian serendipitate; Spanish serendipia).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Glut of young hot babes, newest youngest hottest of the brunette variety this month..

Mila Kunis Rachel Bilson and Leighton Meisner all very recently did a boudoir sexy hot photo shoot for various magazines There is plenty of competition for trying to be the next major sex goddess. These three are from the same "ilk." They kind of are the same "type" Like they would be up for the same roles. Don't you think these three young women are vying for the same roles--and add in all the other hot young actresses including all the young blondes- One has to offer more these days i think. Because of the sheer number of young, beautiful girls, there is no lack of them. How can you possibly the hottest. You can't. That is why these girls end up being flavor of the month, or week. They are beautiful and sexy but so what! We have all seen beautiful and sexy done again and again and again and again and again.
Like Kate Beckinsdale recently did a photo shoot and it was released on video. She writhing around in her underwear. And it was just HO-HUM. What's new? In this way these young women get chewed up and spit out, willingly on their part of course.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

film about a MA female going crazy---in the great tradition of such

well O fucking K. Who wants to write a screenplay with me about a WOMAN'S middle age crisis??? And make it funny, not funny HA HA necessarily but poignant funny. Keep the hand on it light anyway. I think humour goes a long way in getting your message across. And yes I know it can't be obvious like Samuel Goldwyn said, I think it was him--" If you want to send a message go to Western Union.

Protagonist/main character: female 45, has had kids and was a SAHM for a long time. She has recently is re entered the workforce after a tumultuous year or two going through a divorce after the kids were older. When the kids were young,she was a "devoted SAHM until she began having depression, esp. at the holidays, and now she is at a mediocre "shitty" job. At this point she has had the mediocre job for about one year and her life has settled into a routine. She starts the symptoms of depression. Crying for no reason, and being triggered into a sobbing jag after seeing the young girl and after seeing a beautiful couple in love. It is because of the realization of her life passing her by, her youth gone, opportunities wasted, loss of young vibrant appeal to men., never got the change to be made love to well by a wonderful lover.

They say character is plot. Right. Character is plot. We want to show a woman cracking up, developing a neurosis where she feels herself making out with men she encounters or she just goes off into a daydream with it, and the consequences get worse and worse. culminating in a kitchen fire which could have burned down the house. That is a huge warning bell to her so she seeks help. then what? what is the ending? how is her problem resolved? I just can't seem to get a MDQ over it. Any collaborators out there? What should be the best MDQ for the protagonist of this film?

I have many different ways this story could go and about three different characters of the protagonists so how to combine them into one----is the predicament.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Trajectory is a great word.

I need a different trajectory. ha, I love that word. Scintillating last week and Trajectory this week. Love it. Aitch's new word of the week. It is a "vocab." word and it is a beautiful and interesting and nuanced word in the English language. I need a trajectory in my life besides writing about R and K,;ra·jec·to·ry (trə-jěk'tə-rē)
n. pl. tra·jec·to·ries
The path of a projectile or other moving body through space.

A chosen or taken course: "What died with [the assassinated leaders] was a moral trajectory, a style of aspiration" (Lance Morrow).

Mathematics A curve that cuts all of a given family of curves or surfaces at the same angle.

How about your blog, also learn the camera. Get a project like the boys picture. A filmed version of the blog. Interview people.
Also, will post a new picture of the week for the hell of it and it looks good. I should be more pithy I guess in some of my posts. I don't want to be manic. Maybe I do?!
It was very much a macho or male oriented scene in the Beat Scene with Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs and Neal Cassaday. When I discovered Kerouac on a PBS documentary I was taken with the group of literaries and cultural players and another fascinating American art scene. taken with Kerouac, he had such good looks when he was young before alcoholism ravaged him.
And what is weird or interesting is Allen Ginsburg's connection to Andy and Edie. And then his to Bob Dylan also. Allan Ginsburg is a great American character!!! On the cultural zeitgeist. The Beats, On Callie Angels Screen Test. Callie Angels Screen tests is a Must for AW scholars and films history scholars. Ginsberg is in it and all the people who are in it is fascinating. DAnny Fields? His doc.
My original thought was the macho-ness of the Beats, and the lack of female participation,( REading about it in John Leland history of HIp) The women were the help mates and the women who would of been literary talent but they could not get away with as much as the boys. Because they were and women don't get away with that behavior much. That is one lesson from that Boulder murder victim of the 1950s. Who was that I just erased it? Damn it.
. It's what I've always been saying about Ken Kesey. Where was Mrs. Kesey when Ken went riding around the bus with Neil Cassady???? who was tripping his ass off during the 1960s. Neal adjusted well to the hippie era. so as I have been saying for a long time. you could have been 14 in the 1960s or you could have been Neal Cassady in the 1960s, quite a wide age span encompassed the Hippie Movement. And he would have been a fucking celebrity to all the younger hippies. I think he die by a RR track. How and where
I would ask Steve Watson about Danny Fields and that doc., The Beats, allan Ginsburg, If he waas aware of the content of the screen tests and if he studied Callie Angel's book. Andy being misjudged for his indifference to the drggies around him going really downhilll, like he didn't give as-hit the way he came across to Danny Fields Mother. And there Andrea Feldman, Edie Sedgwick, and he wished he could have filmed Freddie Herko as he leapt out the window to his suicide. That controversial attitude.

Friday, November 6, 2009


I would love to interview Alec Baldwin. Esp. recently when I have been remembering and forgetting how beautiful Alec Baldwin was whenhe was young. What film was he in ?The Shadow? He was touted as the next big heartthrob. And It never happended . Alec---there was article And it tanked. But he survived and now is fully "comeback"even more than when he got a second, third chance, like James CAan.And I thought eh not bad. he has certainly surpassed that. But look up the article about him from the writer on the Bear movie and he was at anall time ass moment of his life. I would ask him about that.

The ask him about what attracted him to KimBasinger What, beyond the obvious, attracted you to her.

do you remember about the writer who accounted his experiences VF or something and he had a bad impression of you. and you were blown up like a big grizzly bear.

I would applaud him for being in the love triangle movie with someone his one age--Meryl Streep.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Scintillating is such a great word.

I think my writing on message boards is scintillating. I am a scintillating person. But I may as well be writing anonymously as I am here on my Personal Blog. Because no one ever responds to me. Occasionally they do. But not often, it is rare. This makes me feel like a meaningless, insignificant, anonymous blob. I am Queen of the universe to my sons. And that was enough for a while. But alas, I now need some kind of wordly recognition. Which seems to be very hard to come by for me. I have felt that way my whole life and I continue to feel this way as middle age creeps in and I enter the world of the internet. Maybe it is a script I have bought into. Maybe I am buying into my own worn out low self-worth script even as I am shocked to see that others don't find my scintillating personality scorching across the computer screen. I guess I should just post for my own self, my own need to improve my writing skills and become even more scintillating writer. Just do it for myself, not others approval.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My life sucks

OK well my life sucks. Why did I screw it up so badly.? Insecure and no confidence. Having a hard time being interested in my children. How pathetic is that?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Untitled Project Middle Age Crisis Movie MAC

Phantom of the opera--I guess
English Patient
The end of the Affair

Friday, October 23, 2009

I think he has a cinematic face

Robert Pattinson
Originally uploaded by rrobertpattinson
Robert Pattinson looks so much like a movie star, he will probably be a movie star, wether he can act or not. Since he is British I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

uh, your hair's on fire ma'am

Remind me to tell you about the time I lit my hair on fire with a candle at SMH. But first, here is a way to introduce the couple's first encounter. There is they "click" they hit it off. Not a first sexually---I saw you across a crowded room type thing But it becomes immediately apparent that they click and connect and they are similar on many levels.so there is an undertone of flirting or he is mostly. then the sexual attraction happens shortly there after. And It could turn into a type of screwball comedy with the woman tell because for men it is all about the chase----just to use a stereotype for a minute.lng him he likes her because she is unavailable.

Friday, September 25, 2009

More journaling

I dreamed that I took that camera outside and it worked. That is all I remember---I had it earlier. how about photographs of male bodies, but not the aestehtic of the gay stuff. More something a woman would find --------James Macavoy is interesting. I would love to interview him about the way he is living a family life at a young age and well what happenned after the Angie Jolie movie? How about audio interviews. that is what Andy Warhol did. Bring David Hockney to life. That is Miro or kandinsky over there. Some of their paintings are identical. I like very simple lyrics. They lyrics can be like poetry even in Rodgers and Hammerstein--Oklahoma-but also in the Ting Tings Shut up and let me go---surreal poetry.

Friday, September 18, 2009

My brain is wading though honey

Originally uploaded by dalyswe
I just love unknown artists--everyday artists. Such as the gent who took this photo.

You know the description of walking through honey, how it feels your physical energy is being dragged on, if your body were to walk through honey-- I feel that way in my head. when I get up from these naps and I have usually drank too much wine the night before. And I am currently medicating my depression with wine and marijuana. I take nap every afternoon which is to make up for all the sleep lost when I had the babies. I am always beginner. When i had the babies I wanted to be good at something. I had never been good at anything my whole goddamned life. Now it is overwhelming to me. And my brain is going into total confusion and disorganization, total mental disorganization And I am falling into disassociation with reality. This is my ramble . It is my morning pages thing. Remember that woman who was married to Matin Scorcese suggests you do stream of consciousness free flow writing every morning, where you don't stop with pen to paper. But I think computer is OK And it becomes a meditation and I way to tap into the creativity. I just want to feel ALIVE I think that is what we all want. And I am quickly turning into a neglectful Mother.

I must make this into a story.

Looks similar to the scorpion that bit me in Waco Texas when I was 17, 18 years. old. Met Lucretia's friends and we partied out at a lake. One of Lucretia's friends had a boyfriend named Brad. EArlier I had been bit. We are all lying on a trampoline with blankets over us looking up at the sky and talking. This whole group of kids. And Brad begin ns stroking my hand, thigh and arm. It sets off a firey response in my body. Compltetely visceral. I had not even even noticed this guy, more than just met him as he was Lucreita's best friends boyfriend. I believe he had noticed me. I responded to his touch, but not because found I him cute or had a crush on him or we had been flirting. My body responded( seemingly) on it's own. I Later on his girlfriend said to me (in a strong Texas accent)You weren't messin' with Brad tonight were you I shook my head, guiltily and self consciously. Yeah Isat there with Brad laid there rather and can't remember exactly how I responded. Well how do you want your character to respond.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Damien Rice new to me


I can't believe I had never heard of this dude. Maybe I had but I wasn't aware of it. He and Ray Lamontagne colloaberated on an acoutic version of the Bee Gees. To Love Somebody.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Russ Meyer a young Edward Olive But it is really Roger Ebert.

he wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and they showed it in a film class I was taking in like 1979. I had been watching Siskel and Ebert on PBS in 1978 and I loved that show.
I love talking about Russ Meyer but I have a hard time sitting through one non-stop. He was a character, consummate art and crafter...whatever the hell and artist however .............just like I hate sitting through the seriously weird and sadistic images. It is ironic.....or something.........

Did anyone see the comment from the real Edward Olive? Why the hell did the Flickr person identify Roger Ebert as Edward Olive? I think I contacted the person Flickr when I read Edward's e-mail. I will check back.

The English Patient: Original Soundtrack Recording

I love this movie and I don't care who knows it. I love it more now than when I saw it 10 years ago. well now 12 fucking years ago...I will go into the reasons why I am saying this OK> First we'll read some reviews of the time and research the involvement of the Weinsteins and the Oscar "controversy" My blog will just take the tone of a journal more or less, why the hell not. It is hard to believe that the Weinsteins also were the men behind Pulp Fiction. Which is not my cup of tea at all. HOwever I would love to talk to QT love to talk about that fact with him as he is a very funny conversationalist and we could talk about our vastly different aesthetic and taste and preferences in movies....

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

This is a fabulous poster whoever designed it. This is known as the first true Horror film. A German Expressionist classic. I first learned about it in Film School way back when, like most people. Mike Budd did a film essay on the commentary track. It was hard to follow in parts, but fascinating. Talked a lot about modernism, and expressionism and the narrative elements--traditional and radically different. I would like to talk to that Mike Budd in laymen's terms though. Anybody who is an expert on this film please contact me.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Perhaps it is for a reason that this blog has had to be remained Sceneoutlines.

A woman or wife is too inclines to distraction and daydreaming. The husband employer/is impatient and wants her to work faster...She compares it to exploiting labor.demanding faster production. he offers to pay her to have sex with him--ongoing--in lieu of the office production.

And then what? well---it could be sexual harassment, or it could be the beginning of a romance with a "kooky" LOL artist. No let's not cast fucking Jennifer Anniston in that part.
And if anyone steals my idea I am going to kick your MF #$$.

Stupid I know. If you want to collaborate let me know.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Death and the Miser by Heironymous Bosch

I was searching for an image that represented HELL. The Hell state. The awful nightmare of the world this artist sometimes paints. But this is all I found on Flickr. I would have used Munch's The Scream, but that has become too cliche. But I feel what the cliche of the Scream has come to represent. OK nothing quite as serious as physical abuse, drug-dealing, homelessness, is in my life right now; or things like the plague that Hieronymus Bosch seems to represent in his art.
My soul does feel like it is dying. I feel like numbing my frustration, malaise and the pain of unrealized passions with wine. and weed. And sex/romance fantasies with young beautiful lovers. wow this must sound like a pathetic joke. Fuck it.

Friday, August 14, 2009

(nov18) 87/365 - andy warhol style

I appreciate Leslie K's image, but what I really like is Andy Warhol's saying on it. I think it needs to be a cultural classic cliche like " In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes."
You have to know the deeper story of Andy Warhol's life and art, to really appreciate him. If you know only the snippet's of pop culture renown, I wouldn't think he was that cool either, and I didn't for a long time. It was only when I read Andy's many bios (list) and watched some truly fab documentaries (Ric Burns, the one on Amazon) on the subject that I was inspired and fascinated with the man and his legacy with 20th century art, and the broader implications of culture, consumerism, america and social history.
There were also many fascinating characters that Andy "used to hang around with," who are almost as interesting as him. Many more than Edie Sdegewick. She is only the most famous of Andy's many friends and associates. There could be a movie about any number of people AW encountered. Brigid Berlin for one, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Billy Name, Freddie Herkel,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Elisha Cook jr.

I saw him in "I Wake Up Screaming." He was the murderer even though Laird Cregar was the one obsessed with her. Carole Landis was a bright complex character and Ginger Rogers was a very one-dimensional character.
So then I saw him in??? Eddie Muller's book Dark City, for one. He was a supporting character in several noir films (name them here) SO--- I am studying this noir and wondering about this character actor. For the evening viewing --something seemingly far away from the world of American Film Noir ---a documentary called "A Life in Pictures: Stanley Kubrick"---Excellent by the way---and AND who should be in an early SK picture but fucking Elisha Cook Jr.!!!
I am probably the only person who thinks that is funny, incredible, like WOW or awesome---sorry for the word awesome. There is frequently a six degrees of separation aspect of film history. And that aspect pops up in my own life frequently.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon
Originally uploaded by fran001@yahoo.com
I have never consciously heard of this artist that I am aware of. Had a vast expanse of styles he experimented with. Dealt with the subconcious, color, and these strange monsters and creatures.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Laird Cregar

Laird Cregar
Originally uploaded by vidalia_11
When I go on my noir film binges-- I have done this for the last month--Laird Cregar has been in three in a row! I Wake Up Screaming, This Gun for Hire, Hangover Square. Sure enough, he is this huge cult figure in Noir film history. He plays an awesome character- creepy as hell in This Gun for Hire.--(Which I am dying to ask an expert, did this influence Le Samourai)? I Wake Up Screaming turns out to be a proto-noir film according to Eddie Muller, who did the commentary track. (I am going to buy his book this time.) And Hangover Square I just got today in the mail.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bruce Lee and his ultimate 70s shades

Bruce Lee
Originally uploaded by Sobibor
This picture shows the quintissential Bruce Lee 70s look he sported near the end of his life. He would have been a huge star and made huge films-- had he lived. Very parallel situation to James Dean---both men had many artistic interests and pursuits outside of acting. Like all geniuses, Bruce Lee did so many things very well. He had more years on James Dean, who at 23 was pursuing still photography and looking to direct. Lee would have almost certainly directed.

Bruce Lee

Bruce lee
Originally uploaded by greg11373
Okay--why hasn't this movie happened yet? It is an empty space.The biopic of Bruce Lee Conduct a huge search to play the lead. His life is fascinating and tragic. born in San Francisco, he and his parents returned to Hong Kong and the Japanese occupation when Bruce was 3 months old.
His father was a renowned stage performer, Bruce made about 20 films as a child actor in Hong Kong films. He also got in trouble in school and had fights. One story goes that he beat up a member of an HK mobster and that prompted his move at age 18 to SF invoking his US citizenship for the first time.
It would necessitate a big budget film to create the 1970s California.
I think his life story rights are tied up with his widow Linda Lee
and she would have script approval and probably not approve of a version she doesn't like. Where to find out about this?
I bet Quentin Tarantino would back a great Bruce Lee biopic.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes
Originally uploaded by PD Wylde
I have my at home movie nights and I did my annual Ralph Fiennes double feature. The English Patient and The End of the Affair. The two films have many similarites and so do his characters. In both films he is a man obsessively in love with a married woman. In both films the women die. Both set with the WW2 as the backdrop. The English Patient though is a much much stronger movie. That is a whole blog entry unto itself. The English Patient Revisted 12 years later. I have questions about why it was billed as an independent film by Mirimax, but it really wasn't technically an independent film. That was written up by the film writers at the time but I fail to remember the details.
Ralph is actually photographed better in the End of the Affair. He luminescent eyes with an intense stare and beautiful skin. that why these two movies are part of my larger category of films call Women's porn. That is yet another post or maybe a whole thesis. At least a New Yorker type article.
Basically it is that these two RF films seem to actually take the woman's point of view into account--which I don't see a lot in many contemporary films. Esp, from a sexual point of view.I do know that in some of the historical films of the 1930-50s, the studios realized there was substantial regular- going female( paying) audience So they did have "women's films." And had actors who they knew would appeal to some or many women in the audience...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Millions of Americans love this type of film--often

Millions of people want a steady, exclusive diet of movies with huge explosions,car crashes and things being blown up. And some T and A. And there will always be a movie audience for whom that is all they want on the screen! Ever! And Mr. Bay appeals to that market. Fine--- because for every Transformers Michael Bay film, there can be two or three films made at their so called "art house" division. Like Sony Classic Pictures, Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage.
This type thing is be the future of the character based, "smaller" film industry. Non mainstream movies that won't necessarily turn a big profit. Like a lot of the foreign films in America. Maybe a slower pace--that Transformers audience would not pay to see. for those film And but if it catches on it is a nice surprise. Because there is a market for Sundance type winners now.
And the added bonus that it gives the studios cache. Therefore I predict these type of films have a huge future under the umbrella of a huge conglomerate corporation.
I hasten to add that I do not know which studio (s) made Transformers 2---whoever it is if they even have an art house division.

Ryan White and Michael Jackson

Does anyone remember when Ryan White was a well known media figure? I think we should return him to the national consciousness. I was reminded about Ryan when I saw an interview with his Mother on CBS news after Michael Jackson' death from what appears to be a drug over dose.
Ryan was a teenager originally form Kokomo Indiana, hemophiliac from birth, and acquired HIV during a blood transfusion in the 80's before people knew about the AIDS virus or tested the blood supply. He was kicked out of his school as many parents were afraid that their children would get AIDS from him. The spread of AIDS was little understood at that time. His parents sued the school and he was allowed back to the school by law---but he was not welcomed. His family moved to nearby Cicero Ind., where due to education at that point, he was more welcomed. he became an AIDS activist and celebrities befriended him and got behind his cause. Like Elton John and Michael Jackson. Ryan White died from AIDS in 1990.
I hadn't thought about Ryan White in quite some time until I saw an interview with his Mother on low-rated CBS morning news a few day's after MJ's death. She was speaking about MJ befriending her son Ryan. She expressed that Michael was a wonderful friend and she never ever was given any reason to be concerned about Ryan and Michael spending so much time together. What surprised me and caught my attention the most was that Mrs. White told how Michael was very concerned about the family after Ryan's death and called them quite frequently and stayed in touch for several years. That is the only interview I have seen with Mrs. White. I am assuming she was invited to Michael's memorial service. I sure never see her interviewed on Entertainment Tonight! I am impressed that MIchael truly seemed to care for Ryan White. His gift to him of a red convertible Mustang was widely publicized but what was not publicized was that Michael cared for the family outside of the spotlight and after Ryan's death.

Glass beauty

Can you believe this beautiful work of stained glass art? I cant' find where or what the building is. The interaction of the colors and shapes is amazing!
This is just a randomly found image on Flickr. I love glass work, and that kind of design. similar to ? several modern artists I must account for. Possibly Mondiran and Miro I am thinking of.
I went to the Chagall museum in Nice France and it had beautiful glass work.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Crass exploitation of MJ death

I think Michael Jackson did not want to fail or pass out and ultimately be forced to cancel his Londen concert series---so he died to get out of it-- subconciously of course. He was also a serious pill addict, very parallel situation to Elvis. Tragic figure. And my heart breaks for the kids. I think Joe Jackson, patriarch, has a few problems. And the relentless coverage on the entertainment news is really tacky. So is Diane Diamond who wrote a book on MIchael Jackson' 1st child molestation charge--the one in the early 90s. And now she is using that to be credible on ET. Bit it is very sleazsy. the expolit the sleazyiest parts of MJ. But they are almost special guests at his huge memorial service. So the Jackson family wants the coverage I believe. So they are whoring. themselves on both sides on all sides.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Andy Warhol

Originally uploaded by ● Frio
As early as the time of Andy's initial fame with his silkscreens, He told interviewers he was leaving painting and going to be a filmmaker. He said that before he even had any technical know-how. The Screen tests were a big part of Andy's film experimentation days.
The book called Screen Tests by Callie Angel is a comprehensive work of this.
Andy's films were a big hit in the NY underground film scene---Jonas Mekas theatre.
And the Danny Williams film--the Velvet Underground light show days. Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Carole Landis Bio-pic

Ms. Landis' life is a great subject for a biopic, as I said...
She is most well known for being in that Kenneth Anger book "Hollywood Babylon." with a photo of police finding her crouched over in a very strange way. I recall it was from an overdose. Or sticking her head in the oven. Or both.
She had been having a tempestuous affair with Rex Harrison who was married to Lili Palmer. He was breaking it off with Carole the night he visited her--to tell her. It killed Harrison's career in Hollywood because her death was blamed soley on him, even though Ms Landis had many other life disapointments.
I read a CL bio written by this middle-age classic film nerd like myself. One could buy the rights to that book and then just fill in the rest. There was a rumour that she had been a call girl in San Francisco, for a little while during the time she was striking out on her own. This wasn't nothing to substatiante this as I recall, but it might be something the director/writer would want to fictionalize/speculate in the film.
Anyway, I am so intersted in bio-pics, Landis is a great cult figure along with her co-star in "I Wake Up Screaming" Laird Crager. I love tragic Hollywood true tales. And I have since I was about 9 years old.

Carole Landis

I watched a 1941 movie, "I Wake Up Screaming." A very little known, cult, overlooked proto-noir according to Eddie Muller who does the commentary soundtrack. Mr. Muller has written many books on Film Noir. He writes his own pulp fiction noir-ish novels.. In the commentary he talks a lot about the visual style of the film, as well as the fascinating cast which includes Laird Cregar ( The Lodger, This Gun for Hire) Ginger Rogers, Victor Mature and Carole Landis.

The life of Carole Landis would be a fascinating subject to work on a great screenplay bio-pic. Not an Oxygen network type made for TV badness---an excellent biopic. So would Bruce Lee. It would be cool to have the budget to re-create the era. Landis was only 29 when she committed suicide and Burce Lee only 33 when he suffered his fatal brain hemorrhage.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

developing a character.

Character: our heroine/protagonist/main character.
Female, 40-ish. Middle class Mother? burdened? Is she confident? Or the loner working in a donut shop. That would set a creepier tone. Like she was a predator.
Tone---esp. if the delusions/fantasies produce near catastrophic results. That is what drives her to see the psychiatrist. ( Almost burns down the house. Kitchen fire.) If it is funny how does she seduce the young man? What is the Major Dramatic Question?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MAC, angst

Gah! The thing about love/lust is the mystique of the other person. The novelty is one part. The stage where you feel passionate and infatuated.
When you are living with someone for 15 years plus you just don't feel that way anymore. Well most people don't some do. Therefore--a couple MUST decide if they want to remain together and how to deal with n the everyday grind of living together wehn the sparks have died down after the passage of time which has GOT to be inevitable. I think that you can stay with someone for many years or even a lifetime, but you must make a concious decision to do so. And face the fact that sex just isn't as exciting, nor is the person, as it was in the beginning of the relationship/romance.

The thoughts about my own mortality have never affected me in this way before. That is why I know it is a so-called middle age crisis I am experiencing. Everyone is born and everyone will die. That is the proverbial bottom line of human existence. That is the one thing we all have in common.
that is why the eternal youth factor in vampires is so popular withs now. And eternal youth, eternal sexual attraction and immortality.