Monday, August 31, 2015

things overheard (I)


A. (a man in his late 20s)
B. (a man in his late 50s)

Scene: A woman in her early 20s stops near the two men. She takes a moment to playfully flirt with B., then exits.

A. (in earnest, turning to B.): "That's low. If I had a daughter who flirted with an older man like that, I'd slap her silly. It's disgusting."

B: "I don't know if I would," B. ponders, giving the thought due consideration.

He longed to beat her, to strangle her, to tear her hair out... He sat still, his arms crossed, his eyes turned skyward, his mind too agitated to think as yet. He only felt within him the rancour fermenting and the anger swelling which lurk at the heart of all mankind in presence of the caprices of feminine desire... Then by degrees his mind became calmer, and bearing up against his pain, he thought: "All women are prostitutes. We must make use of them, and not give them anything of ourselves." The bitterness in his heart rose to his lips in words of contempt and disgust. He repeated to himself: "The victory in this world is to the strong. One must be strong..." —Maupassant, Bel Ami (1885)

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From Anthony Bourdain's The Layover (2011)

Monday, August 24, 2015

consciousness deferred

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)
La Noire de... / Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

a real life conversation (II)

Setup: A. and her sisters have agreed to a book club. The Picture of Dorian Gray is their first selection. B. is a work acquaintance.

B. Have you started Dorian Gray yet?

A. (remembering) Oh! No, not yet. (Pause.) My sister is half-way through, and she said it was boring.

B. Really? I'm surprised. Almost everything Lord Henry says is either witty or funny, and often both.

A. Does it take a while to get started? Is there a lot of description in the beginning?

B. No. There's a conversation between Lord Henry and another character by the second page or so.

A. Well, I think my sister just has very high standards.

Monday, August 17, 2015

inspiration, derivation, or no relation? (2)

After someone in the film gives a nightmarish performance, the MC says the following (not sure why the closed caption is so blurry):

Lost River (Ryan Gosling, 2014)

("By the way, he's also available for children's parties.")

"FUCK THAT, I WANT MY ROCKSTARS DEAD!!! I want them to fucking play with one hand and put a gun in their other fucking hand and go 'Hope you enjoyed the show!' [mimics gunshot to the head] YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!! YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! PLAY FROM YOUR FUCKING HEAAAAARRRRRRRT! [pause] Ahem, I am available for children's parties by the way." —Bill Hicks

Night Train To Lisbon (Billie August, 2013)

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses." —Lenny Bruce (early 1960s)

"A lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. You think when Jesus comes back he ever wants to see a fucking cross? It's like going up to Jackie Onassis wearing a rifle pendant." —Bill Hicks (early 90s)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twitter, links, etc.

Since Google+ is a graveyard I've moved my "Recent Links & Discoveries" to Twitter (@TheTarpeianRock—link also on sidebar). I'm not 100% adept at Twitter yet, not completely sure I understand every aspect of it, and only one person I know uses the service... But I like trying to come up with pithy things to write. (Warning: Sometimes I tweet lame jokes into the wild!) I haven't done too much link sharing as of yet, largely because I haven't been reading/watching/exploring much online, but this will eventually change. Right now I'm just trying to have some fun with it.

Follow or check in periodically if interested.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

top: Pierre Brignaud via @mattzollerseitz (source)
bottom: Joan Cornellà via (source)

Monday, August 03, 2015

"Borges is half-blind. Never forget that." —Orson Welles

Excerpts from Jean-Paul Sartre's and Jorge Luis Borges' negative reviews of Citizen Kane have been making the rounds lately (you can navigate to them both from HERE). To accompany them I've scanned a chapter from My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles in which Welles responds to their criticisms. (I extended it a little beyond the subjects in question due to the ridiculously amusing nature of the conversation.)

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