happy halloween jerks!!!!!
wow! i finally got my criterion channel charter subscriber card. what a dork. i guess that means i was one of the first people to support the criterion channel. cool! this thing weighs like a pound. it’s a thick sheet of metal. it rules.
anyway: the criterion channel is great. i watch something on it every single night. and i gotta say . . . i’m lovin it. i have a weird membership card to prove it!
sometimes i stop and remember that a quarter of the population of this country is part of an insane and racist death cult that is holding everyone hostage as they burn down the entire world lol
Yeah, I sure do look forward to a time when people can congregate again, because I’ve written a script for a pilot of something, which is feature-length . . . and I want to film it! For now I’m working on credit animations and things like that. I think I have ditched Instagram altogether when it comes to little videos, of which I made hundreds. I want to put myself somewhere quieter, like Vimeo. Being on Instagram makes me severely depressed and I don’t know why I would intentionally invite that feeling into my life anymore.
Anyway. Maybe I can shoot some of it myself in the interim, though I can tell you it’s a whole lot of work, most of it just setting everything up. I have ordered some wigs, at any rate, so we’ll see.
back when i lived in a fortified compound on the oakland-berkeley border, my old roommate had these people over one night, and they all gathered in the living room to watch movies. i was in my room reading, and they were getting a little loud, and so what with it being such nice night out, i decided to i was going to bike around for a while. i went into the living room and grabbed my bicycle and started to wheel it out of the house, and just as i did, this girl says to everyone, “i really liked [some movie]. i thought it was good.” and this cheesedick dude sitting next to her says, “yeah, but it was dumb. the whole time i just kept thinking about how dumb it was.” he went on and on like this.
and i was standing there thinking, like, what is this guy saying? that a dumb movie can’t be good? and that a good movie can’t be dumb? what??
for some reason this bothered me. i mean—who cares. but also i could not abide. i had to defend dumbness. these people were all strangers to me, but i had to say something! so i said: “movies can be both dumb and good at the same time. many of the best ones are both. or anyway most of the stuff that i think is really good could also be said to be dumb, and that’s what makes it good.”
not really an earth-shattering statement, though they sure did look at me like i had just taken a dump on the floor. so i left and went on a long bike ride through berkeley. it was great!
i bring this up because i frequently hear this sort of thing. and man, let me say here: it is definitely possible to think both KING LEAR and ROBOCOP are high art. who are you kidding by suggesting otherwise? there are so many beautiful things out there to like, and they can be very different from one another, and you can still appreciate them for what they are. it’s ok to like different things. movies are fun. relax.
roger ebert famously did not rate every movie against something like CITIZEN KANE, for instance. if he watched a dumb comedy, he rated it against other dumb comedies. how good is this dumb comedy, compared to other dumb comedies? that sort of thing. i guess that’s how i think of it too, whenever i watch something.
to me, this:
. . . is just as cool as this:
BY ALL MEANS: people should like whatever they like without even having to explain why they like it. all i’m saying is that there hain’t no need to go around pretending that “good” and “dumb” are mutually exclusive, or that these words even mean anything at all when assessing something like a film or a book. that sounds like no fun (to you) to think in those terms.
here’s where i absolve myself of all responsibility for the contents of this post: don’t take it from me . . . i’m just some jerk on the internet, and what do i know, really?? i just like watchin and readin stuff. and in the quiet place inside my heart, i remember the many beautiful things i have watched and read that moved me no matter how “”dumb”” they were. and hey, that’s good enough for me~