Monday, September 3, 2012

Charlie Chapman — The Great Dictator

"We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written ” the kingdom of God is within man ” – not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. "

Friday, August 10, 2012

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

The scene (starting at 1:23) gave me's so sad because it's true.

You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now, my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, you will play golf, and enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, "Do not trust the Pilgrims, especially Sarah Miller.

 I'm surprised the Native Americans haven't risen up to seek vengeance for grievances unpaid for.

Oh and Christina Ricci was amazing in this film and in "Black Snake Moan."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Mesmerizing Burlesque Video

This was filmed in Dallas by my friend. She's rather butch for my taste but she's really good at this! I'm completely mesmerized. 0_0

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Arrival of the Birds

By Cinematic Orchestra, one of my favorite new bands.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fear is Your Friend

Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body:

"So, fear is your friend.  Fear is an indicator.  Sometimes, it shows what you shouldn't do, more often than not, it shows you exactly what you should do.  And the best results that I've had in life, the most enjoyable times, have all been from asking a simple question:  'What's the worst that could happen?'  Especially, with fears that you gained when you were a child.

Take the analytical frameworks, the capabilities that you have, apply them to old fears, apply them to very big dreams.

When I think of what I fear now, it's very simple:  when I imagine what my life would have been like without the educational opportunities I have had.  It makes me wonder."

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lesbian Love on "Skins"

The UK version beats the US version, hands-down.  I tried watching the US version once for more than 5 minutes and utterly failed due to boredom.

This is lesbian love, well any love, boiled down to its raw and visceral nature.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Head On (1998) by Ana Kokkinos

I'm gonna live my life, I'm not gonna make a difference, I'm not gonna change a thing. No one's gonna remember me when I'm dead. I'm a sailor, and a whore, and I will be until the end of the world.

I'm halfway through "Head On" (1998), an indie Australian film about a gay Greek 19 year old, who is searching for meaning in a racist, homophobic society that rejects his culture and his lifestyle.  He seeks escape from this harsh reality by indulging in a seedy underworld of sex, drugs, gambling, and other ephemeral means to chase a high.

It's also the first film, I've seen that's delved into Greek culture so unabashedly and uncensored.  I loved the scene where the father tenderly dances with his son to a traditional Greek song and presses his forehead on his son's.  This tender moment is rare amidst all the yelling and fighting between father and son.  Ana Kokkinos did a great job in blending the cultural as well as sexual struggle that Ari deals with growing up in an unwelcoming Australia.

After Ari tries to but finds sex with a female unappealing.  The girl calls him a "poufter" at first but then settles down and says, "I'm glad you don't act like a faggot, Ari" to which he replies:  "I'm a man...I don't take it up the ass."  She snorts, "Of course you do, you're Greek.  They all take it up the ass. [...] Fucking life!  I hate this fucking life!  I fucking hate it..."

At a bar, an intellectual girl states,  "That's what wrong about this country.  Everyone hates everyone.  The skips hate the wogs.  The wogs hate the Asians.  And everyone hates the blacks."

(If you're from the states and aren't familiar with Aussie slang, like me.  Check out this site.  The racial slurs used in the quote above:  skip = white Australian, wog = Mediterranean person.)

This certainly ain't "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

The best bildungsroman movie I've seen in awhile.


I liked this review on IMDB by mattydee74 (Sydney):

Head On is an amazing film. Its beauty and treasures lie in not judging the journey taken in the film but opening up to the experiences of a young man lost and hidden. Its not a bright, gay film but rather a fiery drama which doesn't offer answers but depicts a painful truth which many would prefer to disregard. This is a film about the loss of hope in the jaded nineties. It is very much a local film (shot in Melbourne) and an Australian film, but I think it offers up wider and more general issues. 

Few films capture the mood of the 1990s quite like Head On. It is a film embedded with characterisitics which intuitively identify the strangely blank decade that edged up to the 21st century. If the eighties was - though simplistically - regarded as the decade of high paced materialism. The 90s can be seen as a time of conservatism and cautiousness - again too simplistically - which could be regarded as the tired decade. A time imbued with a feeling that everything had already been done. Grunge embodied this, as did the increasing popularity of pastiche and remakes such as the way television shows were more and more the source for films. It was a time where even moreso than in previous decades - the answers and ideas were sort in ready-made forms. Reused, resurrected and exploited. Sarcasm and cynicism became law. Pettiness became more and more common. Many of us were just tired out.