Obviously Losing

Location: Los Angeles, California

Monday, April 30, 2007

More Bjork

I'm getting pretty pumped for Bjork's new album. When most musicians are content to repeat themselves, Bjork consistently pushes the envelope. She's one of the few artists whose work is always exciting; you're left wondering what she could possibly do next, and then she does something and it blows your mind.

And then there are Bjork's music videos. Her collaboration with Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and Chris Cunningham has produced some of the most innovative videos in the history of music videos. Always weird, always eye-catching, Bjork's videos are to be treasured, especially when compared to the banal videos typically put out these days.

Here is the leaked video for Bjork's "Earth Intruders." Frankly, it has mesmerized me (although the video seems to freeze every now and then - am I the only one?).

Click here.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Bjork performing a couple of songs from her new album, "Volta."


Yesterday, I gave a tour of the Variety offices to the producers, director, and location scouts of HBO's "Entourage."

They're coming back in two weeks to shoot a few scenes here.

Maybe I'll conveniently walk by in the background. ;-)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Best of Each Decade

I was talking to a coworker about what were the best films of each decade since the 1920s (neither of us had seen enough from the 1910s to qualify, and really, not that much was released then anyway).

I'm quite happy that more than half of my selections are foreign.


Grand Illusion

The Bicycle Thief

All About Eve

2001: A Space Odyssey

Apocalypse Now

Grave of the Fireflies


City of God

Monday, April 23, 2007

Gilbert & Sullivan Meet Sir Mix-A-Lot

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Conan the Librarian

Ah, UHF memories.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Simpsons Intro

This would explain a lot...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Darth Vader Playing Around

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Patrick Wolf - Magic Position

Switching gears from the ultra-masculine topic of "300," here's Patrick Wolf with his very goofy and sexually ambiguous "Magic Position."

Saturday, April 07, 2007

God of War > 300

I meant to talk about this earlier, but I still haven't seen anyone mention how "300" is a weak imitation of the PS2 game, "God of War."

Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) is pretty much a replica of Kratos, albeit with less depth and personality.

"300" progresses like a video game. Each wave of enemies represents a more difficult level: Level 1 - Persian warriors, Level 3 - The Immortals, Level 4 - Rhinoceros, Level 6 - Bald, ugly giant, Level 10 - Persian King Xerxes.

The battle scenes use the same style as "God of War," in that everything occurs at normal speed until a Spartan goes in for a kill. At that point, the film enters "stop-motion fetish" mode, so that we, the viewers, can appreciate the CGI blood that splatters out of the enemy.

And the fact that "300" was filmed on blue-screen stages so that everything else could be filled in with digital animation just adds to the feeling that we're watching a claustrophobic video game simulation. Although "300" supposedly contains a vast landscape, I felt like every scene pretty much occurred in the same, restrictive space.

Perhaps one can say "God of War" ripped off Frank Miller's "300" graphic novel, but it doesn't matter. "300" is "God of War" with less character development, a weaker story, and the sad reality that it's a video game that we can't even control.

Not to mention that Kratos could kick Leonidas' ass.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Landmark

The website for The Landmark, LA's new upscale 12-screen movie theater devoted solely to indie and foreign films, is now up.

The theater opens June 1st.

Monday, April 02, 2007

"Pictures of Assholes"

Young and talented actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt made a short film in which he started filming the paparazzi who were taking photos of him.

It's interesting when the tables are turned...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Arcade Fire - No Cars Go

Such a great song...