With occasional reflection on the perpetual absurdity/intrigue of life and society in general.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This is Biutiful - Featured Film of Interest

Javier Bardem in Biutiful

"Beautiful" indeed. This still alone is enough to further peak my anticipation of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new film, Biutiful. From the director of masterful films, Amores Perros and 21 Grams, this is his first linear narrative, which draws personal intrigue. However, in viewing the stills, it is the cinematography that really has captured my visceral attention. Notice the depth of focus in this shot - wow - it nearly separates the image into two distinct planes. I can only imagine the poetic or narrative significance within the context of the film, but as a stand alone image it offers an intense solitude. Follow the title link to imdb to view more stills and the trailer.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Onion - Breaking News

Guy Carrying Guitar Case On Elevator Envied By Everyone On Elevator, Imagines Guy

SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 | ISSUE 46•36

"The desperate desire to be me must be killing them," the guitar-case-carrying guy imagines.

NEW YORK—A guy carrying a guitar case on a midtown Manhattan elevator was envied and admired by fellow passengers during the entirety of his 14-floor ride, the guitar-case- carrying man imagined Monday.

"These people would kill to be me," the man thought in reference to the well-dressed professionals standing next to him in the elevator. "They see me, this guitar case, my sunglasses, my worn-out jeans, and think, 'Man, here's a guy who didn't sell out and become part of the corporate mainstream.'"

"This poor suit over here with the red tie definitely wants to be me," the guitar-case-carrying man continued in his mind. "From the moment we got on this thing he's been dying to ask me what the life of a musician is like."

According to the man's imagination, his fellow elevator passengers were envious of either his free-wheeling lifestyle; his gutsy decision to follow his dreams—money and so-called success be damned; or the fact that he doesn't give a fuck about shaving and hasn't done so regularly for the past 10 years.

In addition, his brain reportedly wondered if the straight-laced men in the elevator realized he's the kind of guy their wives think about when they're having sex...

When the elevator reached the 14th floor, the man exited with his guitar case, leaving the remaining passengers to continue thinking what they thought the second he appeared in the lobby: that they had never felt more comfortable in their decisions to have jobs with decent salaries, health insurance, and generous, well-balanced retirement plans.

For the entire article follow the link.

I truly apologize for the fact that this is my only posting in recent days. Boy in a Box is relocating to Austin, TX, so regular postings of film/media/music relevance will resume shortly with the introduction of an Independent Artist Series that will present you with some intriguing work by young, independent artists that you may not have had the privilege of exposure to as of yet. Until then, this was just too damn funny not to post. Particularly for those of us that have known this guy 10 times over - or been this guy on a rare and delusional occasion - um, not me, of course. Too many guitars, too few guitar players.