Month: February 2010

I Never Want to be Wealthy, But I Sure as Hell Wanna be Rich

Those are truly words we should all live by.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
-1 Timothy 6:10

Almost 6:13, shoot. That would have made this post even better. I don’t quote the Bible much, but now seems like a good a time as any.

People ask me about how much money I want to make. Really that doesn’t matter to me. Long as I can live I’ll be just fine. One of my worst fears is actually becoming wealthy.
Having grown up with rich parents in a rich neighborhood, I’ve seen when money does to human beings. They cease to act like reasonable adults. All that matters is keeping the money and that status that comes with it… with you nose held high in the air. It’s really dumb how such a trivial thing like money can do that to even the most decent human being. I guess that’s what makes me so cool… I’m broke.

My parents are loaded. But look at what they’ve done. 3 kids have tried to kill themselves. 1 has disappeared since. 1 they tried to have locked up without cause (They only have 3 kids by the way… if that confused you at all.) Are they really happy? I really doubt it.

I’d much rather be rich instead. You can be a rich person in a lot of ways. Rich in talent, friends, even love. These people are truly successful. They will live long and prosper.

The way I see it now, I’m sorta rich. I have some good friends. And one person who at least makes me feel loved every time we get a chance to talk. Life my be hard as hell, but something really great will come out of this, I’m sure

Disney felt my thoughts on this I guess.

And Percy cried out… WHY AM I IN SUCH A SUCK ASS MOVIE?

Greek mythology is badass. No question to that. A seemingly endless soap oprea of betral, sex, and war. Some of the grandist characters ever imagined walks these halls.

Too bad they were on a lunch break while the movie was being shot.

The Lightning Thief focuses on dumbass kid Percy Jackson who lives a typical shitty life in a shitty apartment with his mother and shitty stepfather. Learning disabilitys mean you’re a demigod too… really. So don’t feel bad that you can’t read good.

For some reason, Percy is wrongfully accused of stealing Zeus thunderbolt (they never gave a reason WHY he was being accused of such a crime in the first place) And is forced to go on the run with his mother to a hogwarts-like camp where demigods train. For what? They never said. They do play a lot of capture the flag though.

Percy’s mother was unable to enter the camp via a videogame style invisable forcefield and is captured by Hades. Now instead of going to Zeus and sorting all the shit out, he INSTEAD goes to hell to fight Hades and save his mother… and forgeting some 1st grade math in the process.

What then ensues is a random miss-mosh of cameos and a hilarious hotel scene with Medusa’s head. All coming to a very abrupt conclusion.

To be quite frank, there were a few scenes that worked in this movie. Too bad putting them all together wouldn’t fill up the alloted time for a Youtube video. I have never seen a movie fuck up Greek mytology SO much. It was already confusing enough. These people thought it would be the next Harry Potter. No, it’s not. Harry Potter can do simple math. If you love yourself, don’t waste your money.


Movies and Film. What's the Difference?

This topic comes up a lot when I’m talking to non-filmwatching folk. I use the words Film and Movie interchangably in my speech. But there is a reason. There’s a solid diffrence between Films and Movies.

I look at it like this. Films are art. Movies are not.

It’s like when you would draw pictures for your mom in 1st grade art class. It was fun. You enjoyed it, and your mom loved the kind gesture and put it up on the fridge or something. This is the equivilent of a movie.

Film is like going to the art museum. Everything is ment to be carefully examined and admired. Everything is extrodenaraly special. No two are alike. And you can look back on it on talk about how awesome it was. This is Film. Film is art.

Can you have Movies and Art go hand and hand?

Yes, but they come only a few times a year.

Naked Cinema? *Mind in gutter*

When someone releases a totally self indulgent passion project, I tend to raise an eyebrow. I always give a nod of the head to anyone with the balls to really push things. A person with the gumption to do what hasen’t been done. I’ve come to repect Sally Potter a lot for doing things like this, doing her part to advance this art form we call cinema. Well, this new genre she calls “Naked Cinema” I really can’t describe it unfortunately. Think of it as cross between those video diaries on The Real World with the melodrama of a soap opera… plus a blue screen.

In the movie… a schoolboy uses his cellphone camera to shoot intimate interviews with people working at a New York fashion house and secretly posts them on the internets. Result: a bitterly funny expose of an industry in crisis, during a week in which an accident on the runway becomes a murder investigation, and denial leads to devastation.

Why not have a movie… with one set. One camera and one angle? This is what RAGE does and does surprisingly well. Though I think the excellent camera work and slighting irritating bluescreen would have been a moot point if it weren’t for great performances from Judi  Dench, Eddie Izzard, and others… especially Jude Law in drag. He needs to do that more often.

The movie starts off pretty slow but really ramps up at about 45 minutes. But then it seems like not enough. But that’s just how it goes.

Porn for the soul. Not just anyone can get up and decide they want to change how things are done. Glad to see I’m not the only one. This movie isn’t for the mainstream Joe for sure. But those interesting in seeing what may be the future should take a couple of hours and give this a try.