Thursday, March 29, 2012

No. 13: Scenes From An Unknown Noir

Images from Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938) and Sylvia Scarlett (1935).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Notes On Blogging Aesthetics XXVII

Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging.

--Walter Benjamin

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Modrophenias (Notes On Blogging Aesthetics XXVI)

"What I do is force myself to do it by announcing things up front," Townshend admitted in an interview for the 1975 book In Their Own Words."Tommy, for example, I talked about at incredible length to Jann Wenner in a long, long article that Rolling Stone published before I'd even finished writing it. I said so much that it just had to be finished-- I had to get it done! I did the same thing with Quadrophenia. I announced it to everybody a long way ahead, so people started to build up to it. It's really good to do it that way, give somebody an idea. You can gauge your own enthusiasm. I mean it could be real genuine enthusiasm and involvement, or it could be an infatuation with an idea. So you can work it out by seeing how well you sell it to somebody else. And if you sell it really well you know that you're behind it. If you sell it to 50 people and you're still really up about it, then you know you're onto one that's going to get done."

-- from Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who From Lifehouse to Quadrophenia (2010), by Richie Unterberger.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Evolution of a Geek

Images from Back To School (1986) and Iron Man 2 (2010).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pulp Poetry

Images from 20,000 Years In Sing Sing (d. Michael Curtiz), 1932.