Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bump

Is anyone one else wondering how the Iron Islands have the time and resources to build these massive armadas that are now crucial to the war of the seven kingdoms? Aren't these the same guys who couldn't hold Winterfell or Moat Cailin?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Logging

Film: Casino

The movie has great scenes...but for my taste overuses voice over to tell the story.

After having just watched this and Seven Samurai, it occurred to me it might be a fun thing to only watch 3 plus hour movies for a like a month and see what that yields.
Car Leasing

LA Times article about how more people are leasing than buying because of new tech. Right. People are leasing for the same reason they've always leased: they want a nicer car than they can afford. Notice this line, buried in the article:

"Those rates put Lexus among Infiniti, BMW and Audi as automakers with the highest leasing rates."

Notice it isn't the cheaper cars being leased.
Indeed

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Logging

Film: Seven Samurai

I can't believe I'd never seen it before. And I now understand why it is on so many top ten lists. Best Kurosawa film I've seen. Hard not to watch this and Days of Heaven (which I caught a bit of the other night) and not miss film and feel a deep loss for it going away. (Even though I readily admit not being able to tell much difference from contemporary digital vs film) Is there an aspect of not being able to tell the difference btwn film and digital, though the lack of ambitious filmmakers who strive to use the medium in a unique way?

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Logging

TV: Glow Ep. 1-3

Is it good or trendy? I'm not sure yet. I would argue the show has a few great moments, but strains to get to them. I'll confess to being a tad resistant to the show because the whole project feels like hipster catnip with their "strong" female characters and the ironically fetishizing of a sport the creators don't much seem to care for. Also, it feels like they ought to get points against  them for the familiarity of the characters: the out-of-work actress, the irascible, but maybe brilliant director, etc. But on the whole, it's pretty digestible and reminds me most of Entourage.