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

Friday, April 22, 2011

Reason and Faith? - Image of Intrigue


Just a little thought for the day.  I could make a pretty strong, and logical, argument for the reciprocal of the above message, but who needs healthy debate and shared differences when you have religion? My friend sent this picture a while back from the South East and I recently rediscovered it.  It says so much with so little - take it as you please. For infinite interest, bewilderment, and occasional humor, just do a tour around the Southern states reading the church mini-marquees.  You will be amazed at what you find - and it would make one hell of a photography project.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blank City - Featured Film of Interest/Documentary

Blank City is currently premiering at the IFC Center in New York. The website offers a list of other scheduled screenings around the nation as well as an impressive list of festival selections worldwide.  
Summary:  BLANK CITY tells the long-overdue tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. In the late 1970's and mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today.
Directed by French newcomer CĂ©line Danhier, BLANK CITY weaves together an oral history of the “No Wave Cinema” and “Cinema of Transgression” movements through compelling interviews with the luminaries who began it all. Featured players include acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and John Waters, actor-writer-director Steve Buscemi, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Hip Hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, photographer Richard Kern as well as Amos Poe, James Nares, Eric Mitchell, Susan Seidelman, Beth B, Scott B, Charlie Ahearn and Nick Zedd. Fittingly, the soundtrack includes: Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Contortions, The Bush Tetras, Sonic Youth and many more.

Blank City Official Trailer from Celine Danhier on Vimeo.

Link:  Blank City

Hoping for an Austin Screening announcement soon.  Thanks to arkhive. for bringing this one to my attention - it's always good to have aware and interested friends in NYC.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Anecdotal Humor - Troubletown by Lloyd Dangle

I can't really attest to the entirety of the satirical collection (or really any of the other cartoons posted) on this blog, Troubletown, but a friend sent this my way (i think via Ebert's blog) and I thought it was worth sharing - a bit heavy handed and blunt maybe, but it hits right on target - and, it's funny/painful. I have had to ask this very question to myself many times.

50 Years Later: Learning From The Bay Of Pigs - Article and Image of Intrigue - NPR

Members of Fidel Castro's militia gather in Cuba's Escambry Mountains during the ill-fated 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
Fifty years ago Sunday, a brigade of around 1,500 CIA-trained soldiers stormed the beach in Cuba's Bay of Pigs. It was the opening phase of a secret mission to overthrow Fidel Castro and, President John F. Kennedy hoped, halt the spread of communism throughout the world. 
Things did not go as planned.
For the full article follow the Link:  NPR