Public Catalog of Shame: Movies/Books/TV for August 2014

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NOTES FOR AUGUST: Rrrrrrrrrresearch!. I slept less this month than I have in literally years. See if you can tell!

  1. The 12 Chairs (1970), dir. Mel Brooks
  2. Assassin’s Bullet (2012), dir. Isaac Florentine
  3. The Toxic Avenger (1984), dir. Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz
  4. Tomb of Ligeia (1964), dir. Roger Corman
  5. Suspiria (1977), dir. Dario Argento – 3 strip technicolor.
  6. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991), dir. Lam Nai-Choi
  7. The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), dir. Roger Corman
  8. The Sacrament (2014), dir. Ti West
  9. Lisa and The Devil (1974), dir. Mario Bava
  10. Tales of Terror (1962), dir. Roger Corman
  11. Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013), dir. Frank Pavich
  12. The Black Cat (1934), dir. Edgar G Ulmer
  13. The Raven (1963), dir. Roger Corman
  14. Bluebeard (1944), dir. Edgar G Ulmer
  15. The Haunted Palace (1963), dir. Roger Corman
  16. The Premature Burial (1962), dir. Roger Corman
  17. Pit and the Pendulum (1961), dir. Roger Corman
  18. Masque of the Red Death (1964), dir. Roger Corman
  19. The Last Laugh (1924), dir. FW Murnau
  20. Death To Smoochy (2002), dir. Danny Devito
  21. Replicant (2001), dir. Ringo Lam
  22. Blue Ruin (2014), dir. Jeremy Saulnier
  23. The Blue Gardenia (1953), dir. Fritz Lang
  24. Apocalypse Now (1979), dir. Francis Ford Coppola – Only watched the section from bridge to the B-52 after the intermission.
  25. Bambi (1942), dir. David Hand (supervising director) – 3 strip technicolor.
  26. Branded To Kill (1967), dir. Seijun Suzuki
  27. Ninja (2009), dir. Isaac Florentine
  28. Napoleon (1927), dir. Abel Gance
  29. The Exterminating Angel (1962), dir Luis Bunuel
  30. Stereo (1969), dir. David Cronenberg
  31. Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010), dir. Mark Hartley
  32. Richard III (1955), dir. Laurence Olivier – 3 strip technicolor. Awesome.
  33. Visions of Light (1992), dir. Todd McCarthy, Arnold Glassman, Stuart Samuels
  34. The Passenger (1975), dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
  35. Il Grido (1957), dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
  36. Un Chien Andalou (1927), dir. Luis Bunuel
  37. Django Unchained (2012), dir. Quentin Tarantino
  38. Key Largo (1948), dir. John Huston
  39. Forty Guns (1957), dir. Samuel Fuller – tracking shot
  40. Stagecoach (1939), dir. John Ford
  41. The Steel Helmet (1951), dir. Samuel Fuller
  42. Posse (1975), dir. Kirk Douglas
  43. The Great Silence (1968), dir. Sergio Corbucci
  44. The Thing (1982), dir. John Carpenter – Only the blood test scene.
  45. Day of the Outlaw (1959), dir. Andre De Toth
  46. Sword of Doom (1966), dir. Kihachi Okamoto – Only watched the Mifune in the cemetery scene.
  47. Last Man Standing (1996), dir. Walter Hill
  48. Funny Face (1957), dir. Stanley Donen – technicolor
  49. Island of Fire (1990), dir. Chu Yen Ping
  50. Carrie (1976), dir. Brian De Palma

TV

  1. Spooks/MI-5 season 1
  2. Simpsons marathon – I love the idea of the Simpsons as a utility. You turn the tv on and it’s there. No matter the time of day. Here’s some of the nerdy shit I love about the Simpsons in no order: A. Brooks. The Conan O’Brien era. The Dana Gould era. SWARTZWELDER. MEYER. The Seth Rogen & Evan Golberg episode. The opening credits in the first episode coming back after the movie. Oakley & Weinstein. “Only I may dance.” Sideshow Bob. Phil Hartman. Maggie in the Ayn Rand daycare center. The ongoing Maggie-Rand-Gun-nut thread going through the whole series. Arrested Development style callbacks 20 years too early in the Conan era. “I’m the first non-Brazilian person to travel backwards through time!” Homer Simpson vs. The City of New York. Hank Scorpio. 22 Short Films About Springfield. Marge fantasizing about Lee Majors. Bart in the Hong Kong airport. The X-Files episode. The sub Homer won’t throw away. The sushi chef sneaking away to make out with Mrs. Krabappel in his car. Moe with the fansuit. Spacecoyote. Moe. Anne Hathaway as Princess Penelope. The overthrow of Kamp Krusty. Barney in the Be Sharps. Smithers in the Malibu Stacey musical. Wiggum, Lou and Eddy singing Bob Marley. “DUFFMAN CAN’T BREATHE!” Itchy and Scratchyland. Goldblum as the agent. Dave Thomas as Rex Banner. Homer hitting the Dean with his car. Homer in the cherry-picker at the museum. Maggie’s ongoing vendetta against the baby with the unibrow.Bart Sells His Soul. The Krusty Comeback Special. Darryl Strawberry as Darryl Strawberry. The Flying Hellfish. “Ultrasuede is a miracle, this is just good timing.” The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase. “Nanananana LEADER!” Every time Apu sang. The block yard sale. Sorcerer shoutouts in thePlow King. Every film reference, from the classical homages to the cheapest current events cash-in. Every town meeting. Kirk Douglas creating Itchy. Dr. Nick. SPINAL TAP. The hot dog salesman at the funeral. Nightboat. “You know what I like about you english? Octopussy.” Kevin Michael Richardson joining the voice cast in the 00s. Dennis Franz going “With a man in the White House?!” Carl nodding to Homer while drinking in the Stonecutter episode. Disco Stu! MY NAME IS HOMER SIMPSON. The HMS Pinafore. Apu re-applying for citizenship. Rory B. Bellows. Susan Sarandon saying “Belly fire.” Eric Idle as Declan Desmond. Early mob-mentality-susceptible Lisa. Ralph Wiggum. The Van Houten’s ongoing divorce. The dog with the shifty eyes. Steve Martin as Ray Patterson. McBain going “MENDOZAAAAA!” Mr. Sparkle. Planet of the Apes The Musical. DENTAL PLAN. Lisa Needs Braces. DENTAL PLAN. Lisa Needs Braces. DENTAL PLAN. Don Homer with the free donuts. Lisa in the Russian district. Bart vs. Australia. Every Mr. Burns flashback. Homer witth the penants. Flanders losing it and committing himself. Barney’s apartment. The waiter and Freddy Quimby. Marge training to be a cop. Danny Devito punching Homer. “COME BACK ZINC!” The Yakuza scene in the pretzel episode. Marge Vs. The Monorail, the greatest episode of a tv show the world has made to date. EVERY SINGLE TREEHOUSE! More shit after that.

Books

  1. Studies in the Horror Film: Brian De Palma’s Carrie by Joseph Aisenberg. – This academic study of Carrie was deeply instructive. It’s a book-length examination of a movie that I have spent a lot of time obsessing over, and fairly recently. It’s also written in a style more concerned with the constant minutia of intention, aka boring shit. Counting the amount of times Aisenberg brings up discrepancies between the book, the script, and the film is as depressing as it gets. It happens at least 3 times a page, and senselessly. The progression of the movie being a smarter version of the material might be the point he’s making, if we walk him all the way back from senseless academic repetition with the benefit of the doubt. He doesn’t earn that benefit of the doubt, though. There’s not enough factoids to enjoy it on a novelty level. There doesn’t seem to be much fervency or even unhealthy obsession in Aisenberg’s writing. A lot of footnotes, a lot of indicators that he believes Carrie to be better than whatever example he’s trotting out, not a lot of sense what it is that made him pound out 300 pages on the subject. No central point other than “this one is smarter than the other ones”, which makes me go “…okay?”. No disgust living behind the oft comparisons to Halloween, either. I don’t know what this guy likes or hates, no insight into the work. He’s not revealing any information that anyone who doesn’t have a dvd player and an internet connection can’t put together themselves in an afternoon. So what good is the book if there’s no energy in any direction? Why waste the paper? Just joyless and snide, and I enjoy reading things like this sometimes to have something to flex against.
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Hateful 8

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Over at Grantland, I wrote about the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful 8 and a selection of other westerns that might be related to it and/or wedge John Carpenter into yet another thing I wrote. Check it out!

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Travis Bickle On the Riviera #87

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Hey you, person on tumblr, there’s a new episode of the only movie podcast game in town, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, for episode #87, Morgan Jeske and Tucker Stone are here to talk about: Armored, Miami Vice, Walter Hill’s Trespass, The Immigrant, and Blue Ruin. Sean Witzke isn’t on this one, so you have all the more reason to listen!  Check it out, the rest of your life depends on it!

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Travis Bickle on the Riviera #86

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Hey you with the face staring at the screen, there’s a brand new Travis Bickle on the Riviera, a movie podcast for movie podcast people. This week Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke discuss the new Planet of the Apesmovie, the new Purge, the plane scene in Delta Force, the elevator scene in Maximum Risk, and the cloud in Green Lantern. Check it out y’all. 

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Travis Bickle on the Riviera #85

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Over at TFO, there is a new episode of the only movie podcast in the world, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, four men discuss all nine seasons of 24, their names are Tucker Stone, Sean Witzke, Morgan Jeske, and David Brothers. They are here to talk to you about Jack Bauer. On a day where dozens of people will try to convince you that a movie with a raccoon is “their Star Wars”, please appreciate how vital this is. CHECK IT OUT

(No one has ever described anything other than Alien as “my Alien”, btw. Alien is eternal.)

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Public Catalog of Shame: Movies Watched in July 2014

Public Catalog of Shame: Movies Watched July 2014

NOTES: July sucked. Elaborating on that would just be whining.

I am trying to change up how I do things. I switched back to writing in a notebook instead of just working on the computer. And between going back toScanners and rereading some comics — I guess I’m trying to spend some time with/fall back in love with some of the stuff I consider important. I don’t know how that’s going. Maybe time to go back to the well on the key texts. I have some movies (Terminator being the big example), that I try not to watch for years. I want to keep some things special. Which is also why I only allow my husband to have anal sex with me on christmas eve.

Movies

  1. The Ninth Gate (1999), dir. Roman Polanski
  2. Four Times That Night (1972), dir. Mario Bava
  3. Eating Raoul (1982), dir. Paul Bartel
  4. Night of the Comet (1985), dir. Thomas Eberhardt
  5. Subway (1985), dir. Luc Besson
  6. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), dir. Luis Bunuel
  7. Touch of Sin (2013), dir. Jia Zhangke
  8. Nikita (1990), dir. Luc Besson
  9. Le Dernier Combat (1983), dir. Luc Besson
  10. Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (2014), dir. Michael Bay
  11. Scanners (1981), dir. David Cronenberg – All time favorite, top 5 dead or alive status.
  12. Scanners (1981), dir. David Cronenberg (2)
  13. Angel Heart (1987), dir. Alan Parker
  14. The Island (2005), dir. BAY
  15. Young Man With a Horn (1950), dir. Michael Curtiz
  16. In Hell (2003), dir. Ringo Lam
  17. Maximum Risk (1996), dir. Ringo Lam
  18. Autoerotic (2011), dir. Joe Swanberg & Adam Wingard
  19. The Italian Job (1969), dir. Peter Collinson
  20. Army of Shadows (1969), dir. Jean Pierre Melville
  21. Escape Plan (2013), dir. Mikael Halfstrom
  22. Undisputed (2002), dir. Walter Hill

Books

  • Terminator Vault by Ian Nathan
  • King City by Brandon Graham
  • Intron Depot 1 by Masamune Shirow
  • Slan by A.E.Van Vogt (still reading)
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Public Catalog of Shame: Movies Watched June 2014

NOTES: For the second half of this month I think I was just trying to get some distance on only watching horror movies, and only watching Italian horror movies, because I felt like I was losing some perspective and only sticking with the 5 Italian gore directors instead of getting the whole picture. Also it’s way easier to asses these things by director and you will never see the whole thing that way. Genres and movements and time periods are too easy to define by their key players, and I know in my head that’s a thing I’ll do without thinking about it and I need to check myself. On the flip side of that, seeing the wider culture/movement/etc around a single artist is a great way to see them as not just a single trajectory but an active participant. You want to learn a lot about a director, read an interview with a peer from the time period that hates his fucking guts. That’s where the sauce is.

That said, I found a stellar one of those movies early on, with Lust of the Vampire. Freda and Bava essentially founding a european horror in film tradition. That film led to me finding out that Mussolini had banned horror films, and it was Italy’s first sound horror film, being released contemporaneously withGodzilla and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All three films are truly 20th century horror films, but Freda & Bava were taking graphic surgeries, gothic spaces, funereal pageantry, stark realistic bodies, & stalk and slash sequences as a unified form. Here are the hallmarks heading forward, here is the gorgeous and the trashy, the technically marvelous with the obviously fake. The differences between this film and what Georges Franju would do would be doing just a few years later are almost negligible, and at the same time here is the birth of Bava’s aesthetic, influencing everyone, from Fellini on down. Of course, it’s not a movie that sticks, or that it’s the lodestone, or that there wasn’t a massive lineage of european horror predating this one film… but, it is all there to be expanded on, and is in immediately traceable ways.

Other than that – lots of Bava, some Polanski I hadn’t seen/seen in forever (Polanski is a huge piece of shit but he’s probably the best director alive), some great new movies in the theater with your friends and mine Tom Cruise and Guy Pearce, and the awesome Michele Soavi single set slasher jam Stage Fright Aquarius.

Finally: a lot less movies this month, but I’ve been pretty busy obsessively cleaning my bathroom and picking fights with elderly people in public.

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MOVIES:

  1. Caltiki The Immortal Monster (1959), dir. Riccardo Freda & Mario Bava
  2. Lust of the Vampire (1956), dir. Riccardo Freda & Mario Bava – Always cool to stumble onto a core text.
  3. Return To Paradise (1998), dir. Joseph Ruben
  4. Diabolik (1968), dir. Mario Bava
  5. Planet of the Vampires (1965), dir. Mario Bava
  6. The Whip and the Body (1963), dir. Mario Bava
  7. Hatchet For Honeymoon (1970), dir. Mario Bava
  8. Five Dolls For An August Moon (1970), dir. Mario Bava
  9. Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971), dir. Mario Bava
  10. The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975), dir. Sergio Martino
  11. Stage Fright Aquarius (1987), dir. Michele Soavi – I loved this movie.
  12. Baron Blood (1972), dir. Mario Bava
  13. The Young Ones season 1 & 2 – Hands up who likes me? OH VERY FUNNY.
  14. The Cat People (1942), dir. Jacques Tourner
  15. Halloween 2 (1981), dir. Rick Rosenthal (w/ extensive John Carpenter reshoots)
  16. The Hunt For Red October (1990), dir. John McTiernan
  17. Eyes Without A Face (1959), dir. Georges Franju
  18. Edge of Tomorrow (2014), dir. Doug Liman
  19. Frantic (1988), dir. Roman Polanski
  20. The Fearless Vampire Killers / Dance of the Vampires (1967), dir. Roman Polanski
  21. Judge Dredd (1995), dir. Danny Cannon
  22. Bad Grampa .5 (2014), dir. Jeff Tremaine
  23. The Rover (2014), dir. David Michod
  24. Little Murders (1971), dir. Alan Arkin
  25. Louie season 4 (2014), dir. Louis CK
  26. The Magnificent Seven (1960), dir. John Sturges – Don’t act like it ain’t great.
  27. Vampyr (1932), dir. Carl Th. Dreyer
  28. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), dir. Clint Eastwood
  29. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010), dir. Daniel Farrands & Andrew Kasch

Books – now there are books, not just movie books, why I don’t know I’m not 100% clear on why these are here.

  1. The Making of Judge Dredd (1995) by Jane Killick, David Chute, & Charles M. Lippincott
  2. “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka
  3. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
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