“Ironically it is the absence of British Punk’s revolutionary ethos that limit’s most Spaghetti Westerns with the special exceptions of Sergio Leone’s lavish and inquiring Duck, You Sucker and Once Upon a Time in the West where Italian cinema’s political strain vies with the spectacle of human perversity without drowning-out meaning by generic excess.”—
I was always wondering why I did not like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as much as Once Upon A Time in the West and Duck, You Sucker (A Fistful of Dynamite). Anyhow, I just ordered Alex Cox’s book 10,000 Ways to Die. I am excited to read it.
Is Looper going to be an out of control sci-fi hit now that it is the opening night headliner for TIFF 2012? I have largely kept out of the media loop (ha) for Rian Johnson’s latest film so that I will not get influenced by spoilers or production news… which might be overkill/irrelevant considering the guy from Primer was an acting consultant for the time travel stuff.
I am excited for this film but I’m now equally interested in how big its release will be after it has gained so much hype.
A Brief Note on Prometheus, Milton, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
In a funny kind of way, if you look at the Engineers, they’re tall and elegant … they are dark angels. If you look at [John Milton’s] Paradise Lost, the guys who have the best time in the story are the dark angels, not God. He goes to all the best nightclubs, he’s better looking, and he gets all of the birds. [Laughs]
Interview with Ridley Scott about the themes of Prometheus.
This is a detail most people don’t get because it isn’t obvious. The Engineers are Enlightened nihilists. They are albino Victor Frankensteins—Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, quotes Milton directly in her book—who cannot stand to exist with their flaw creations. It is by no coincidence that the lonely Engineer in prologue visually calls out to Casper David Friedriche’s iconic painting. I think there are a lot of connections between Romanticism, nihilism and the film.
People say that Scott’s film either does not supply any answers or gives the most base answers that simply insult the sophisticated intellects of his audience. Nihilism is the name of the game—it is a void that needs to be dealt with.
Just digging up my old Joy Division records… I cannot describe how amazing the live version of Disorder is on Still. A healthy dose of gloom is always needed. What a perfect way to spend Easter weekend.
This work is archived by Julia Christensen during her travels from the eastern seaboard to the midwest of America. One of the examples is a design school in Savannah, Georgia that seriously looks like a stand-in for the school of architecture I am attending.
Gotta spread the love. An app for indexing Toronto’s architecture by Professor Vincent Hui from Ryerson University. A promising ‘wiki’ resource compiled by volunteering architecture students. I am interested in the suggested multimedia possibilities.