Saturday, December 27, 2008
I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Singin' in the rain
Dancin' in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I'm happy again!
I'm singin' and dancin' in the rain!
I'm dancin' and singin' in the rain...
Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does September
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
"Essence is revealed through praxis. The philosopher's words, his ideas, his actions, cannot be separated from his value, his meaning. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Our impact on other egos."
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Beautiful Thing is a south london teenage queer boy coming of age flick, has some cool characters and acting, but a really hokey, sentimental, unbelievable ending. it's nice for gay teens that some cheezy movies like this exist, with happy endings, where no one is punished for their desire, but i think the director goes too far into la la land.
Beautiful Ohio...i didn't like this one but i don't wanna reveal too much about the plot in case you see it...in joaquin's words: "i don't know...fucked up and cynical. they dug themselves in making this stylized salingeresque 70's movie so they put this aidsploitation ending on it..." really, this ending is almost worse than Beautiful Thing, because the teens are punished for their desire.
so much for beauty...
Friday, December 12, 2008
The Germs movie what we do is secret played at OFS this week. Here's what Joaquin had to say about it on the OPIUM list, where local Olympia music types argue their opinions:
The Germs biopic is clearly made by a total fan, obsessively
outfitting the characters from the well known footage and recordings.
It was cool watching the exact concerts that they portrayed in the
movie right afterward during the double feature. They even had actors
dressed exactly like the real audience members. It took the filmmakers
over a decade to make! It was like a really expensive, elaborate Germs
fanzine. I guess I didn't expect anything more so I was entertained
the whole time, but I like reading bad fanzines too...especially if
someone spends like 10 years writing it! I hope that everyone that
hates "W.W.D.I.S." and love the Germs make the really good Germs
"WWDIS" took 15 years to make, cost $1 million (to date it has only
grossed $58,000) and was shot in about 20 days. The first punk record
the director bought is "What We Do Is Secret" in 1982. Can any Germs
fan top that dedication? I mean I have the burn scar but that took 5
seconds and was free!
I actually missed the film in the theater because I had heard it was terrible. Joaquin kept telling me that not all the reviews were bad, but that most Germs fans seemed to hate it. I was sick this week, behind at work and had to study for my Spanish final so I didn't go.
I just watched it now, on DVD. I have to say, while it's not a great movie, I really enjoyed watching it. It actually brought something to the story for me. I mean, watching that guy play Darby was weird and at first hard to take, as was watching today's version of a punk show and there were plenty of cringe-inducing moments...
However it was kind of like watching an after school special dramatization of a real life serious event, in that it asks you to suspend your disbelief and just watch these actors tell the story of the Germs. That you never forget they are actors and that this is a reenactment is a credit to the director I think. There is no romantic identification with Darby's self-destruction possible, because he's not great, he's not real, and like the real Darby Crash, he's not even cool! He's a sad, messed up kid, with a will to power and a talent for chaos who happened to be a visionary poet.
They show him as he by all accounts really was: manipulative, cruel/abusive to others, yet also vulnerable and sweet. The way they portrayed his closeted homosexuality was cool too, in that they don't over-explain it, they leave it to you to piece together, which is what most of his friends had to do, according to what I've read. They capture the gay kid in a homophobic punk scene pretty well, which is kind of the meat of the story. They also show that he was equal parts idiot and genius--not someone you could really defend, but someone you would always listen to because he had such a unique mind and take on things. Doesn't every punk scene have someone like that who uses drugs and manages to get all these girls to take care of him? (I totally know that guy times five million...) Yet, in Darby's case, it would have been hard to 'set boundaries', because not only was he super persuasive, he was so smart and perceptive that he could understand people psychologically, and that is what it takes to get people to be loyal to you--because all alienated punk kids want to be understood, maybe even more than they want to be liked.
What's missing in the film is an exploration of the larger setting of the suburban LA apocalyptic punk scene. This is the biggest let down to me, because that is the interesting part of the Germs story, how all these California kids were living out their nihilistic version of Hollywood--an American nightmare at the dawn of the Reagan Era. The Germs truly were the germs that spread the disease of hardcore. I guess Decline tells that story already pretty well...
They also kind of gloss over his home life and don't really show anything about their high school cult (see the Don Bolles book for that story I guess), so you kind of have to know the story in order to get the first part of the film, which makes me think a lot of stuff got cut out--they reference stuff without explaining it and it's kind of confusing.
Oh, also, you don't think he's "cool" because he did heroin or killed himself. It's not glamorous by any means. It's clear that his death was a waste, could have been prevented and it was drugs that led to his demise. This is accomplished by showing how his self-destruction impacted the other members of the band, his true friends who really loved him. It's kind of devastating to think of what it must have felt like for Pat and Lorna. See, just like an after school special. Sad and makes you think.
Kids, the message is, (in the immortal words of Freddy Mercury):
Don't try suicide, You're Just Gonna Hate It!!!!
So, I would actually only give this two and a half stars, but BECAUSE I'M A GERMS FAN (rather than a Darby worshipper) I did enjoy watching it quite a bit. I wonder if Don Bolles likes it....we could call him and ask. last time I checked his phone number was still listed.
"I didn't know the West Coast scene and didn't like the music. Still don't. Twenty percent of the bands in there I can't stand." -don letts
don letts' punk attitude. not a great movie. cool footage, some good quotes. i think i saw this once on vh1, or maybe it's just that style. we just watched his first film, the punk rock movie (1978), which is super great, maybe the best thing ever so make sure you watch that one first.
we are in the middle of watching a Korean female detective TV show called Damo. here's the synopsis:
This series and our heroine takes place in the Chosun Dynasty. From being a mere servant of a household who manages to make her way and becomes a Damo, a low-status woman detective. Very skilled in swordplay and righteous in the name of justice. In a society of inequality she must not only fight crime, but to fight for her freedom and respect as a woman. Relationships in love, torn between attraction and loyalty. Her choice will not only change her life, but the dynasty itself.
it's pretty great
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
After the 9pm screening of "What We do is Secret" (the feature film that dramatically chronicles the formation and short life of the Germs) on Wed Dec 10th @11pm the real Germs will take over for an ultra rare screening of their December 1979 concert at the Whiskey A Go Go. The Band is at their hardcore punk pinnacle, ripping through almost thier whole catalog at breakneck speed and playing songs so new at the time that Darby reads from a lyric sheet before setting it on fire and eating it. One can't help but feel like they are watching a modern day Arthur Rimbaud as we witness the drugged-out, violent poetry of Darby and his band. Other Germs footage and interviews will also be screened. All proceed from this late show will go towards a new 35mm projector for O.F.S..
Frau Hoffner: Come along, child. The auction is about to begin.
Mata Bond: Auction?
Frau Hoffner: Tonight we are selling one of the finest art collections in Europe.
Mata Bond: Le Chiffre's collection?
Frau Hoffner: Who?
Mata Bond: Le Chiffre.
Frau Hoffner: Who's Le Chiffre?
Mata Bond: The man who owns the collection.
Frau Hoffner: What collection?
Mata Bond: The collection that's about to be auctioned.
Frau Hoffner: Who said anything about an auction?
Mata Bond: You did.
Frau Hoffner: Who am I?
Mata Bond: Frau Hoffner.
Frau Hoffner: Never heard of her. You're insane, my child, quite insane.
Mata Bond: I think she's right!
You've got no faith in Johnny, have you, Julia? His little dream may fall flat, you think. Well, so it may, what if it should? There'll be another. Oh, I've got all the faith in the world in Johnny. Whatever he does is all right with me. If he wants to dream for a while, he can dream for a while, and if he wants to come back and sell peanuts, oh, how I'll believe in those peanuts!-Linda Seton (Katherine Hepburn) to her sister Julia (Doris Nolan) about Johnny Case (Cary Grant)