The Ultra-Condensed Movies


Leonardo DiCaprio:

Your social class is stuffy. Let’s dance with the ship’s rats and have fun.

Kate Winslet:

You have captured my heart. Let’s run around the ship and giggle.

(The ship SINKS.)

Leonardo DiCaprio:

Never let go.

Kate Winslet:

I promise. (lets go)


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She’s not there (She’s still here)

From a letter penned in 1993 by my friend Lee, who can now scarcely find words at all.

Steve & I saw Indochine last night. Horrors! I’ve lost the ability to sit still that long even for La Deneuve. When I left the movie I was saying to Steve that it was remarkable how they handled the time in the movie and this blah blah metaphor for the blah blah relationship between France and Indochina and how leaving the Japs out compressed the blah blah and effectively blah blah. This morning I woke up still thinking about it — or seeing it, really — and there on the screen of my mind was the word SONY. No wonder they left out the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Well, I loved it anyway. A French Gone with the Wind. [April 1993]

Ivor Cutler: I’m Going in a Field

A scene deleted from the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Mr. Cutler in his role as Buster Bloodvessel, performing the song “I’m Going in a Field,” which appears on the 1967 LP Ludo, produced by George Martin.

Thanks to Patrick Widdess for including this clip in his recent appreciation of Ivor Cutler.

The term: Hepcat. We the cats (shall hep ya).

A long-distance friend asked me to elucidate the term “hepcat”. I referred my friend to Mr. Calloway.

Elucidate! Elucidate!

tweet of the day

Stanley Kubrick Interview (27th November 1966)

David Cronenberg: Betray the Book in Order to Be Faithful to the Book

David Cronenberg on adapting Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis”:

You have to know that each adaptation will be different. What you’ve done before will not help you on the next one. I’ve said before you have to betray the book in order to be faithful to the book. You have to recognize that literature is not cinema: they both do different things well, and there are certain things they cannot do that the other one can. I’m pretty ruthless about discarding things from a book that will not work cinematically.

Sally Cruikshank: “Make Me Psychic” (1978)

What got me started was the discovery that animation artist Sally Cruikshank has an Etsy shop where she’s selling watercolors.

Cruikshank is probably best known for Quasi at the Quackadero (1975), which is now listed on the United States National Film Registry. Or you may have seen the animated sequences she contributed to Sesame Street in the nineties.

My favorite, though, has always been Make Me Psychic. “Which way to the we-fwesh-ments?”

(Many of Cruikshank’s films are available for viewing on her YouTube channel, laughingsal, as well as on a DVD you can buy from her Etsy shop.)

from the archives: June 29, 2006

Radiographer (Perry Blake Now Owes Me $156):

My final was yesterday, orientation for the next semester is tomorrow, and today, with no plans, I sat around and was bored, that is, until I read a review of the Adam Sandler film “Click”. Memories started flooding me from my old life in Hollywood. I had to see the film because there were a few things I had to know.

White Lily

Laurie Anderson / Rainer Fassbinder

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