Or does he have one more film in the queue before Greenaway plans to off himself at age 80? He’ll have six free years.
Suggested formula? Less sex, more death.1
- P.S. The sex as a metaphor for death angle usually bores the hell out of me. [↩]
This piece on the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading in context of the Petraeus scandal is fun. I’m somewhat ambivalent as to how that mess should play out. Yes, public officials deserve personal lives that can be potentially just as messy and complicated as anyone else, but some freaks and monsters are wriggling out of the rot that make the Clinton-Lewinski scandal seem quaint.
I’m inclined to say let everyone involved burn, if only to scare the shit out of lawmakers who pass overreaching surveillance laws, thinking it only applies to evil spies, political enemies, and little people who don’t matter.
This was totally off my radar, but the trailer looks sweet. The AV Club has an interview with the director and cast.
My ignorance is boundless. In the early morning (my best time to read,) I have been searching names on my smart phone with Never Any End to Paris open before me. Vila-Matas is referring to all sort of people I might have heard of, but never remembered or pursued. ‘
From this article on Larry David (which didn’t have the stones or the critical acumen to say that Woody Allen’s Whatever Works was probably one of the worst movies ever made):
In the US, reruns of Curb Your Enthusiasm are about to begin airing for the first time on a mainstream cable channel, requiring the cast to record new dialogue to be dubbed in over the show’s copious swearing. (“You say ‘freak’ for ‘fuck’ and ‘shoot’ for ‘shit’ and ‘baloney’ for ‘bullshit’, or whatever fits the movement of your lips,” David says.) Perhaps in an effort to convey the David world-view to a wider audience, each episode will be followed by a 10-minute panel discussion to contemplate the “issues” raised by the show.
The issues? That makes it all sound rather studious. “Just the issues,” David says. “Like, finding out your doctor is gay and then going up to him and saying, ‘I didn’t know you were gay!’ – is that a bad thing to do? Why is it bad? Is it OK to tell a blind person his girlfriend is unattractive, or should you pretend she’s attractive?” For a moment, he looks almost entirely serious – deadpan bordering on dead earnest – as though we have finally penetrated through to the questions in life that really matter. “You know. Things like that.”
I haven’t watched it yet, and won’t be until next week perhaps, as this week is my finals week. Bill sent it to me two weeks ago, but i’ve been distracted.
Update: Have it running in background as i mess with Tech Writing assignment. It’s mostly readings from Remainder. Carry on.