“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—
Is coming out with a record this coming Tuesday. You can stream the record on her site.
I personally think it’s a pretty great record. In particular, her cover of “Say Yes” by Elliot Smith, which happens to feature Ira Glass, is a song that I just haven’t been able to stop playing for the past two days.
Okay, let me blunt here. Although I admit that I was doing various tasks while watching this film, is it really that great? I get it’s wondrous 70mm beauty, but beyond that, it was kind of a snooze fest for me. Should I sit down and watch this again?
I went back and looked at a lot of reviews and I totally remember this film being a bigger deal than is critically appears to have been. I think the acting in it is pretty tremendous, but the writing takes a wrong turn and I felt pretty betrayed by the last half hour or so. I kind of think the film would have been helped by having a female director.
I haven’t seen this movie! Sometimes I’m a bad film student. That being said, I really dislike the last half hour of this film, too. It just didn’t feel right. However I loved the way it was shot and directed. So many films today are just incredibly boring to look at. I love the way this film really uses screen space and depth so wonderfully. Beauty to watch.
The show with the fewest female guests? The Daily Show.
The show with the most disproportionately high number of non-white guests? The Daily Show.
As a card-carrying liberal, I’m severely bummed out.
But, as the site points out:
The inequalities shown here can’t just be blamed on the shows. For example, The Daily Show covers politics, and politics is a field full of old white men. Overall, the shows reflect our popular culture… but they also help shape it. Clearly, some shaping up is needed.
I’m late to the party. I have a lot to say about “The Social Network.” But since laziness got the best of me, I decided to focus (mostly) on the interesting and important conversation I saw bubble up on the internet (mostly tumblr).
NYT:There was an interesting debate about “The Social Network,” which some people have criticized for having so few female characters who are anything other than sex objects, and Aaron Sorkin’s response was that that depiction was true to the world of those characters.
Matthew Weiner:That was a fascinating thing to me, a sense that the world of the women in that movie – and this is not a criticism – felt very similar to “Entourage.” It was really about a frat-house perspective. Whenever people are like, we’ve come so far, thank God we’re not like that any more, you’re like, Really? One of the stories we did on the show this year, I got from a creative director here in New York a few years ago. I think she started here in the mid-80s, and told me the story about the lipstick on her teeth. She had an all-male staff, and she gave her presentation with lipstick all over her teeth, and no one said a word. That’s where I got that from.
As you can see, internet, I’ve been doing quite a lot. I’ve finished three shorts in the past two months.
Currently, I’m working on three scripts. I only plan to shoot one (at least, in the immediate future). I’m also working on another project that I’m not writing.
Usually, I do the bulk of my writing at a local coffee shop on the weekends. It’s not stuffy and it just gives me a really wonderful environment to focus on my work. I guess I like cliches.
Any ways, these past two weekends I’ve found it more difficult to write the way that I have been for the past two months. I can’t tell if it’s because I’m writing more things right now, or simply because I need a break. Or a new location to work…
But, I will say, that despite my troubles, I am currently drinking the best Irish Cream Latte I’ve ever had. I’m also having a little difficulty editing down a rant one of my characters has.
I haven’t read The Accidental Billionaires on which the movie was supposedly based, but peruse the first five chapters of David Kirkpatrick’s The Facebook Effect and this narrative of unmitigated misogyny falls apart. FaceMash included hot or not lists for both sexes, not just women; and though it offended women’s groups on campus, Zuckerberg mended fences with the Association of Harvard Black Women by assisting them with their website – not quite the unrepentant jerk of the film version. Far from being a lonely nerd, Zuckerberg “was rarely without a girlfriend.” And the company culture was not completely hostile to strong, smart women: at least one who influenced the company from the start, Tricia Black, was written out of the story deliberately by the screenwriters.
On campus tonight, the LGBT Resource center, along with the campus counseling center, held a candlelight vigil for those who have been victims of homophobic and transphobic harassment, violence, and humiliation.
I am straight ally. Recently, terrible things that have happened in the world make me want to and have brought me to the point of tears.
Tonight, however, nearly brought me to tears of joy.
No matter who you are, know that you are loved. This is what I’d like to tell everyone.
Get Him To The Greek comes out on DVD this week. I was so excited to see this movie when it came out. Jonah Hill, who played the main character Aaron Green, is one of the funniest film actors. And I loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the Aldous Snow (played by Russel Brand)…
I’ve been able to talk to and work with quite a few people this year within my age group that identify as “writers, first and foremost” when it comes to film. I find an interesting trend amongst many of my peers.
When listening to, or reading, what people are writing, one frequently comes in contact with the following things:
Overly confident males seeking women.
Gay jokes galore.
Pot use. Everyone does pot that’s a male. Women don’t, and their uptightness keeps the lead character down. They don’t know how to have fun.
With but one exception so far this year, leads are always male.
I find this interesting, especially considering the one female writer I’ve been in contact with also follows these patterns. Perhaps that is slightly sexist of me to say, but I am honestly surprised to see women write men as leads, seeing as men write men as leads. In a way, that’s cool, because the gender identity in film is a little absurd. Sure, we’re all writing about parts of ourselves, but men have feminine sides and it doesn’t hurt to write women every now and again. (Except, it seems that when most men do write female roles, they use these characters to identify weakness in themselves, and characters must constantly point this out to their female characters). I think it’d actually be nice to see more female leads. Fully realized, human, female leads.
What I find really interesting is that all of these pieces are things that we see in almost every film marketed to college and high school boys. Pot use, incredibly homophobia, overly confident men hunting down women.
And that’s not to say that all college aged writers are writing sexist, overdone stories. In fact, I think a lot of people adamantly want to write things that are different. I think the increase in drug use in writing is simply that drugs are much more of a political issue than they’ve ever been, and many pro-drug people think it’s finally okay to really talk about things in the way that they experience them.
It just shows to me that pop culture is at times self perpetuating. Eventually, we see so much of one concept, that many often cannot help but continue the trend.
This is a thing I like to focus on. One thing I always do when I write is think, “Okay, how can I make this slightly different?” I think that’s an important thing to do. I’m not perfect, and I certainly take from things I consume from time to time. It’s impossible not to. But I think it’s incredibly important to reflect.
And…let’s just say I’m actually really fucking happy to see that The Virginity Hit tanked? Because I am.