Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us...– Ira Glass (via Rabbit Write’s interview on Gala Darling) Gospel of Ira. Thanks, danforth. (via luckyshirt)
Kanye West's Crazy-Ass Film: A Detailed Analysis →
If you haven’t seen this short film, it’s pretty darn beautiful. I like this analysis because I had a much more negative reaction to this, although I will say that visually I enjoy it. I think this analysis is pretty good, and certainly more rational than my initial confusion.
Lucy Wainwright Roche
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. Check it out. http://www.lucywainwrightroche.com/
A list of movies I've currently watched.
Lawrence of Arabia 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? Girl, Interrupted I went back and looked at a lot of reviews and I totally remember this film being a bigger deal than is...
Rape allegations against Meg Whitman's son hushed... →
Who's on TV? Late Night Talk Show Guest... →
feministfilm: 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...
Film as Mood Management →
The blog post where I babble a little bit about my new new short, 364.
Audience & "The Social Network" →
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.
It's been a productive two months
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...
If there's one thing to learn from autumn
its that decay can be a beautiful, beautiful thing. In peoples’ lives, however, it always seems to be such a depressing thing. How do we change that?
Why Is the MPAA So Concerned About Male Nudity? →
The Social Network Movie You Won’t See →
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...
The Positives of Being Rushed: My New Short →
Here’s a link to me talkin’ at my blogspot about how being rushed possibly made my new short, Brought to You by a Mid-to-High Range Corporation, better. Perhaps.
The more we see female characters who are hypersexual, one-dimensional eye...– Geena Davis. I love her so much. Full article: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/22/why-family-films-are-so-sexist.html (via crystalsavestheday)
You are loved.
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...
princessaxnet: The Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE The Veteran’s Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK The Trevor Project (Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth): 1-866-4-U-TREVOR Please reblog this, reach as many people with this info as you can.
I just had an incredible conversation with someone that was more or less kind of offended by the politics of Recession Summer. It was actually a wonderful conversation. In the end, you don’t learn from flattery. You learn from critiques. I’ve certainly learned.
A Community Voice: Rape happens to men, and it's... →
heather-am: 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)…
Musing on college screenwriting
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...