Category Archives: Film

Jean Renior.

“To the question ‘Is cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘What does it matter?’ You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to be called art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix. If your film or your garden is a good one it means that as a practitioner of cinema or gardening you are entitled to consider yourself an artist. The pastry-cook who makes a good cake is an artist. The ploughman with an old-fashioned plough creates a work of art when he ploughs a furrow. Art is not a calling in itself but the way in which one exercises a calling, and also the way in which one performs any human activity. I will give you my definition of art: art is ‘making’. The art of poetry is the art of making poetry. The art of love is the art of making love.

Nathan Christ’s ECHOTONE.

Here’s a new trailer for my good friend Nathan Christ’s fantastic, beautiful documentary ECHOTONE about Austin’s music scene. Check it out!

Christopher Walken in The Anderson Tapes.

Robert Mitchum was the most interesting man in the world (Dos Equis TM there).

Numbers are ages.

14- Arrested for vagrancy, put on a chain gang from which he ESCAPED!

19- Worked as a ghostwriter for an astrologer in Los Angeles

23- Works as a machine operator at Lockheed

24- Nervous breakdown, temporarily goes blind

25- Starts acting

28- Serves in WW2

29- Nominated for an Oscar

31- Busted for possession of marijuana. Serves a week in jail, which he described to a reporter as like “Palm Springs, but without the riffraff”

38- Fired after pulling a prank on set where he threw someone into the San Francisco Bay

38- Stars in Night of the Hunter. NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

40- Releases a calypso album!

45- Stars in Cape Fear

50- Releases a country album called That Man, Robert Mitchum, Sings

60- Hosts SNL

63- Voice of the “Beef- It’s What’s For Dinner” ad campiagn

75- Wins lifetime achievement Oscar

78- Final film role in a Norwegian film called Pakten

This is what I assume Jean-Luc Godard is like at all times.

Loudon Wainwright – ‘The Swimming Song’.

Video unrelated and slightly obnoxious.

Michael Haneke’s ‘Lumière and Company’ short.

From Lumiere and Company, wherein 41 international directors made 1 minute shorts using one of the original Lumiere cinematographe cameras.

Jesse Trussell- ‘Eat, Pray, Shoot’.

Seriously you guys.

The new Godard premiered in Cannes today.

I was not there. :(

But here’s his amazing 4:06 trailer that condenses the entire film.

And here’s a new Godard interview (by Daniel Cohn-Bendit!) translated by Craig Keller that really puts Film Socialism in perspective.

Oh, and just for kicks:

“The legendary French film director Jean-Luc Godard, whose latest work, Film Socialisme, is showing at Cannes this week, has decided to run its subtitles in ‘Navajo English’ as in old Westerns where the Native Americans spoke in choppy phrases. Because the drama takes place on a cruise ship where no one speaks the same language, Godard has fashioned his subtitles concisely to say the least. If a character is saying “give me your watch”, the subtitle will read ‘You, me, watch.’ “

Today in montages.

From Sylvester Stallone’s Cobra (1986). Note that this is Brigitte Nielson’s introduction in the film. Also the entire soundtrack is this hilariously bad.