Saturday, June 15, 2013

Haunting original color video of London in 1927—it’s funny that a friend of mine should share this with me now.  The first 30 years of the twentieth century have been prominent in my thoughts lately.  The art and the history of the time are compelling, but I wonder about it in a larger anthropological sense.  What must it have been like to be alive when the cities first outnumbered the farms?  When the promise of the industrial revolution delivered a nightmare?  The frenetic rise of fascism and communism, the advent of global mass media?  Did people walk through their lives as if the changes were humdrum normalcy?  Or were they taken aback now and then by the dynamic pace of the age?  Was everything the way it is now, all muddled and myopic?

Saturday, July 28, 2012
I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I am afraid you leave me no alternative but to introduce you to two of my associates.  Bruno is almost blind, has to operate wholly by touch.  Klaus is a moron who knows only what he reads in the New York Post.  I believe they never let a man lose consciousness, no matter how long they work on him.

I am afraid you leave me no alternative but to introduce you to two of my associates.  Bruno is almost blind, has to operate wholly by touch.  Klaus is a moron who knows only what he reads in the New York Post.  I believe they never let a man lose consciousness, no matter how long they work on him.

Sunday, April 8, 2012
Pearson: Probably everybody’d be nice to you if they knew you was dyin’.
Arthur:  Everybody knows everybody’s dyin’.  That’s why people are as good as they are.

Pearson: Probably everybody’d be nice to you if they knew you was dyin’.

Arthur:  Everybody knows everybody’s dyin’.  That’s why people are as good as they are.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
I promised I’d put her in the film…somewhere.

I promised I’d put her in the film…somewhere.

Monday, March 19, 2012
Tonight’s film was The Long, Hot Summer.  Just Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and William Faulkner—  no big deal, right?
I have to say, even the Hollywood bowdlerization of the story can’t take away from the power (and darkness) of Orson Welles.

Tonight’s film was The Long, Hot Summer.  Just Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and William Faulkner—  no big deal, right?

I have to say, even the Hollywood bowdlerization of the story can’t take away from the power (and darkness) of Orson Welles.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Ok, so I liked Viggo Mortenson as Freud.

Ok, so I liked Viggo Mortenson as Freud.

Sunday, February 26, 2012
Detachment is possibly my favorite film of the last year.  It isn’t because it’s about a teacher, though the significance of that is not lost on me.  Rather, I like it because it asks pertinent questions about us, and doesn’t feel obliged to answer them.  Adrien Brody handles himself well in the part too, keeping his performance nuanced and subtle, rather than going for the pathetic throat.  While it’s certainly filled with bleak images, it doesn’t wallow or judge.

Detachment is possibly my favorite film of the last year.  It isn’t because it’s about a teacher, though the significance of that is not lost on me.  Rather, I like it because it asks pertinent questions about us, and doesn’t feel obliged to answer them.  Adrien Brody handles himself well in the part too, keeping his performance nuanced and subtle, rather than going for the pathetic throat.  While it’s certainly filled with bleak images, it doesn’t wallow or judge.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Trailer for Vinylmania, the official film of Record Store Day 2012.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
This, I think, is the secret to this movie’s enduring appeal. Every year around Christmastime we can gather around the television and watch it with our friends and families and go visit a lovely place called Bedford Falls, a small American town where everyone looks out for one another. It’s a welcome, if temporary, respite from the greed, exploitation, and meanness that we face everyday here in Pottersville. AO Scott, discussing Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life for the NY Times.

(Source: The New York Times)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Love this love this love this.  That is all.

claysteakley:

I made this movie with a bunch of smart people, like Matthew Alan, Paige Lindsey White, and Ben Shelton.  Matthew Ryan put a song in it.  Mark Adam Miller is producing the feature version.

This is our website: http://www.holdfastfilm.com and this is my website: http://www.claysteakley.com