Quote of the Day

August 27, 2008

Grooms fittest kindle fires, slaves carry burdens, butchers are for slaughters, apothocaries, butlers, cooks, for poisons . . .

—Ben Jonson

Catiline His Conspiracy

McCain is Benji

August 24, 2008

. . . and then I got taken and kept in a cage long time ago my friends a long time ago and now my friends I never did kill enough gooks if I could just drop some on that country my friends bordering that other Iraq or Afghanistan or what borders Pakistan my friend Mushisname drop some on the Persians or Koreans or anyone as long as I can get another house to hit my head against and then Cindy my friends came and I put my nose in her hair and it smelled like carrots hot carrots or hay love my money mean country so much my friends I know I got small eyes can anyone tell I’m lying friends I never did like vegetables arugggg um too much and then I got put in a cage and now I have to get him my friends just can’t mention color Cindy is blonde and I like my friends blonde make me feel good and smell like carrots if I can just remember something kill someone or everyone but I was in a cage listen everybody I was in a cage my friends let me speak ’cause I was in a cage . . .     

Quote of the Day

August 24, 2008

The beach is idle hardnesses on strike.

—F.T. Marinetti

Tarantino = Yawn

August 15, 2008

Ok, so Tarantino is remaking Castellari’s Quel maledetto treno blindato.

The original starred Bo Svenson. The new one will star Brad Pitt. The actor who can’t act.

Tarantino seems to think he is paying a tribute to Italian cinema by ripping it off. Is what he is really doing is showing how little creativity he has. This will make three films in a row that he has essentially pinched from other sources as he tries his hardest to be a hack. A hack with a big budget, whish is sort of like a millionairess turning prostitute for the fun of it, not because she has to. Is what Tarantino fails to understand is that part of the charm of Castellari’s films and the other Italian films he strives to imitate, is that they were done on very small budgets.

Tarantino’s last picture, Death Proof, I could only sit through about five minutes. This next one I won’t even bother with.

Suggestion: Tarantino, quit writing your own scripts. You clearly have forgotten how.

A Field Guide to Surreal Botany

August 15, 2008

In 1909 Arthème Fayard published Jules Renard’s Histoires Naturelles, a book of somewhat surreal descriptions and stories of animals, insects and plants.

Continuing this tradition, Two Cranes Press has just released its A Field Guide to Surreal Botany, a collection of pseudo-scientific descriptions of plants, edited by Janet Chui and Jason Erik Lundberg and provided with fabulous water-colour illustrations by the former.

As in any book with so many entries, by such a wide variety of writers (there are tons of contributors), the reader will be more impressed by some than others; fascinated by one, pondering over another, re-reading a third aloud to one’s family after dining on lamb with plum sauce and drinking tea. Some people prefer nectarines to peaches. I like melon most (if it’s ripe).

Some entries that stood out for me:

The Forget-me-bastard flower by Elaine Clift. The name alone is worth the price.

The cleverly done Kvetching Aspen, by H. F. Gibbard, which groan in unison in the Teton’s of Wyoming.   

The mysterious Cloud Anemone, rarely seen by the human eye, by James Trimarco.

The one I enjoyed the most was probably the Big Yellow Flower of Unnecessarily Obvious Information, by Elizabeth Langford, which really needs to be read and seen to be appreciated.

As good as many of the individual pieces are however, the book really needs to be taken in as a whole to be properly appreciated, as the design and accumulated strangeness are a big part of its appeal.

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Quote of the Day

August 11, 2008

In all beings the internal character is so closely allied to the external form, that it appears to be only an equation of the latter.

—Mario Uchard

Thor il Conquistatore (1983)

August 10, 2008

Director Tonino Ricci brings us another early 80’s masterpiece.

Gnut kills Thor’s parents. Thor must seek revenge. To do so he must fight cannibals, men with sticks, women with baskets on their heads and eat lots of meat. There is also a lot of fur involved. For connoisseurs of Italian barbarian films only.

If you can watch this without once hitting the fast-forward button you are brave indeed.


August 6, 2008

A Spartan, being asked how long it took to travel to Lepreon, replied: “No.”

Recently Seen Films

August 5, 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day: A faux-British comedy. Didn’t do much for me.

The Masseurs and a Woman: A very early Japanese comedy. A bit slow but with a few brilliant scenes with blind men that make it worthwhile.

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii: If you can get over the fact that Steve Reeves really sucks, this one is worth checking out. Never a dull moment!

Where the Sidewalk Ends: An excellent film-noir.

Ah, Spartans . . .

August 4, 2008

A Spartan, being invited to hear a man imitate a nightingale, replied: “I have heard the bird itself.”