Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'd Watch That

Why not? It looks staggeringly original, it's got a girl in it, and a cat. Plus that Asian girl is looking all slinky in the part of the poster that was ripped out to reveal her red...attic? Basement? Probably not her kitchen. But she's slinky, is what my point is.

Finally, one must never underestimate Kay Kallard's fiery screen presence. Or the gritty naturalism of Herbert Smith.

This is probably a really famous movie and I'm just embarrassing myself, right? Well, my leg hurts.

64 comments:

Greg said...

The Rhubarb pie was excellent by the way, not that you asked or anything. By the way, I happen to know from a reliable source that the red is the Asian woman's office where she meets with clients to discuss retirement accounts.

Fox said...

Maybe that poster doesn't have a rip in it, and that's just a giant picture of an Asian lady that the cat taped to his back because he loves her for life. Maybe??

bill r. said...

Greg - Rhubarb pie is stupid, and that's why I didn't ask about it.

Does she discuss retirement accounts in THAT dress? Because if so, those soon-to-be retirees probably walk out with their accounts in the toilet, not knowing what hit them!

Fox - That is an excellent possibility. Cats -- especially panthers -- are known for taping to their backs pictures of things or people they like. I saw a panther once with a picture of a Mazarati on its back.

Rick Olson said...

I once saw a cat with a MAZARATI on his back. He was moving kind of slow.

bill r. said...

That poor cat...

Ed Howard said...

Yeah, well I once saw a Mazarati with a cat on its back. Or was the cat driving?

jryan said...

Might I suggest for your next meme that you all post videos created on this website?

http://www.xtranormal.com

I was playing with it last night and found it to be both flexible and limiting at the same time... but the chance for hilarity is immense!

bill r. said...

Ed - You couldn't tell if the cat was driving or not? And I still think a Mazarati on top of a cat is more impressive.

Jryan - I'll check that site later, when I'm at home, but what is it? What does one do there?

jryan said...

Well, the free version gives you the options of making a "film" using computer generated lego people.

You can't do an action movie... they can just stand there and talk.

It is accentuated by some rather lifeless text-to-speech voices, and an actually intuitive interface.

But yeah, just two people standing and talking, and gesturing, and so on... so you could, in theory, do the wenitire "Glengarry Glen Ross" in lego people.

The only limit to that fantastic idea is that you can only have two people on screen for any scene.

jryan said...

"entire"

Ed Howard said...

That still sounds better than actually watching Glengarry Glen Ross.

jryan said...

(* steps back slowly from the blog *)

bill r. said...

Jryan, excuse me for a moment.

PUNCHES THE EVER-LIVING SHIT OUT OF ED HOWARD!!!

Ed Howard said...

I sense I have expressed an unpopular opinion...

bill r. said...

It's one of my favorite films, is all!! Haven't you noticed my e-mail address, for corn's sake? Or how I won't fucking shut up about David Mamet??

Ed Howard said...

Hahah oops, guess I never looked at your e-mail address before. And I guess you never saw this, or I would've gotten a punch earlier.

jryan said...

Ok, I am home and able to demonstrate the power of Xtranormal. This little film kinda got away from me and I went with it.

Embrace the awkward silences!!

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch?e=20090429223245107

bill r. said...

I started reading that review, Ed, but I had to stop. I'm not sure that I've ever been quite this angry. My head is spinning, and steam is coming out of my ears and my eyes are turning red.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave.

Ha ha, no, but seriously, you son of a bitch, I strongly disagree with you. STRONGLY. And maybe I'll write a rebuttal to you some day, although one or two of the guys in your comments section said quite a lot of what I would have said. But still. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to fully let this go unless I write my own post about the film.

Goddamn you, sir. Goddamn you to hell.

Ed Howard said...

Hahah well I didn't mean to piss you off so much. I feel like the next step is getting challenged to a duel, being asked if I prefer sabers or pistols or something.

Seriously, though, I would love to see you write something about that film, since you're such a passionate defender of it.

jryan said...

So... so will it make you feel better if a do a scene of "Glengarry Glen Ross" in legos?

Ryan Kelly said...

Haha, Bill doesn't tolerate dissent, didn't you know?

Sorry, Ed, I am more on Bill's side... I don't agree that the film is stagey (and I have seen the stage play), and I don't think Mamet is rally going for realism. When they rehearsed the play before it first opened, he used a metronome so his characters would speak their lines in a rhythm. There's almost a staccato in the way the words unfold, like a symphony. It's about the poetry of the way the lines flow... and in Mamet's case it's very vulgar, twisted poetry. But poetry nevertheless.

Still, unlike Bill I can enjoy a good piece of writing and separate the way I feel about a movie from a well-crafted, enjoyable argument. Some people just never really grow up!

Though Ed also likes I'm not There. What an asshole. :-)

bill r. said...

Oh, I'm just joshing you Ed! I won't really murder you!

Sorry, I'm feeling punchy tonight. It's been a long week, and at such times my humor becomes violent.

Jryan - Our computer's on the fritz...I can't watch videos on that site right now. We're working on getting our 'pooter up to snuff again, but until then...sorry.

Ryan - Thank you for defending the film without resorting to physical threats, something I was incapable of doing. And you know, Mamet doesn't just swear. He's written quite a few movies and plays that are either completely free, or largely free, of such language. Although I read an article about him years ago in the New Yorker, and at one point he's getting his daughter a Fudgesicle, and for some reason -- he banged his knee or something -- he said "fuck". His daughter said, "You shouldn't say that word", and he replied, "That word put that fucking Fudgesicle in your hand." Nice parenting! Still, kinda funny...

Ed Howard said...

I am so locking all my doors tonight...

Ryan, I probably was wrong that Mamet was going for realism; I don't know much about him. Anyway, I didn't have a problem with the cursing per se, so much as the repetitiveness of it all. Tarantino and the Coens litter their scripts with vulgarities but I rarely feel like the dialogue's going in circles or that I'm hearing the same thing over & over again. If that's poetry, give me prose. I don't know, just my opinion -- which believe me, I'm fully aware is a minority one.

Bill, that's an awesome Mamet anecdote, though. I do need to give him another serious chance: any recommendations besides Glen Ross?

bill r. said...

Hmm...have you seen House of Games? My kneejerk recommendation is his film Homicide, but that's not on DVD yet. Supposedly, Criterion is putting it out this year, but that could just be a rumor.

Also, The Spanish Prisoner. If you haven't seen that, that should probably be your next step. Or The Winslow Boy, maybe.

jryan said...

Booooo!! I just finished the first diner scene with Moss and Aaronow ... well, not all of it, but a good chuck of it.

It's compiling now... I'll post it anyway when it's done.

jryan said...

Here it is, sorry you can't see it bill!

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch?e=20090430205147196

jryan said...

Well, they allow you to publish to Youtube as well, but I guess you can't use that either?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hahmkuANvSI

Ed Howard said...

Bill, sounds like good suggestions. I'm gonna track 1 or 2 of those down.

bill r. said...

Jryan - I probably can watch Youtube. The problem with the other site has to do with software, because our computer is really bare bones right now, after a couple of mishaps. I'll check the Youtube link, although, again, it'll have to be when I get home...

Ed - I hope you check out The Spanish Prisoner. That should give you a pretty good feel of the non-Glengarry Mamet -- the film version, at least. And I hope you didn't take my rage too seriously...

Ed Howard said...

I'm currently downloading both Homicide and The Spanish Prisoner. And I better like 'em or I'm coming after you, Bill.

And no, I didn't take your rage too seriously. I cried myself to sleep last night and woke up several times during the night with horrible dreams of you slitting my throat while quoting Mamet lines... but I'm all better now.

bill r. said...

I'm currently downloading both Homicide and The Spanish Prisoner...

Isn't that...illegal??

and woke up several times during the night with horrible dreams of you slitting my throat while quoting Mamet lines...

Ha! That sounds like something I would do!!

Ed Howard said...

If stealing movies is bad, then I don't want to be good.

bill r. said...

Well, I just want the Great Observer, who watches over all of the Internet, to know that I do not condone your actions.

Greg said...

Well I've been out of the loop for a day or two due to work. Anyway, haven't had time to read any of the comments here but I just wanted to say worked sucks bad right now, like worse than the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, like that bad! Anyway... what? What's everybody looking at? Bill? Bill what are doing with that baseball bat? Bill? Aaaaaaaah!!!

Krauthammer said...

Greg! I don't know how to tell you this...but...um...your blog broke.

Ed Howard said...

Yea, Blogger seems to be having some issues this morning. I can't get to Doodad Kind of Town, either.

Greg said...

KH, thanks, believe me, I was aware but I have now corrected it.

Ed, do you mean you can't get to Pat's blog or there's a town you like to visit and you refer to it as a Doodad kind of town?

Either way, if anyone else encounters this problem today - it's spreading like the swine flu - go to your dashboard, go into layout and then the "edit html" section and click on "revert widget templates to default" then click "ok". That will fix it.

And for god sakes, check out my post from an hour ago! It's loaded with educational links!

bill r. said...

Greg, how can you still be speaking? I killed you with a baseball bat.

Greg said...

I have Klingon-like healing powers.

bill r. said...

"Klingon-like"? Since when do Klingons have healing powers? Are you sure you're not thinking of Wolverine?

Greg said...

Dude, Worf grew a second spine after he was paralyzed in a Next Generation episode. Those fuckers know how to heal themselves.

Ed Howard said...

You know, you'd think I'd know that by now but I also had no idea Klingons had healing powers. Go figure.

bill r. said...

Well, okay, but that was Worf. That guy was like, "Whoa, look out!" You know what I'm saying?

I don't think other Klingons have that kind of ability. Look at the Klingons in Search for Spock, Christopher Lloyd and whatnot. Those guys all went out like pussies.

Greg said...

Yeah Ed I'd think you would know too. [rolls eyes]...

Bill, the Klingons in the first movies up until Christopher Plummer in the sixth were all pussies. But Plummer, what can you say, except maybe...

Cry havoc! And let loose the dogs of war!

Ed Howard said...

What can I say? I have no shame.

Plummer was awesome, best part about that movie.

Greg said...

Speaking of plugs, Ed is still plugging your Serpent and the Egg discussion. I guess he secretly hates Pat and Dancer in the Dark. Why is Ed so filled with hate?

Greg said...

Ed, I agree, I love Plummer in that movie. He supremely kicks ass! I just wished he had gotten into an escape pod or something so he could have terrorized the galaxy in other movies.

Ed Howard said...

Yeesh, first you don't want me to plug, now you want me to plug. Make up your mind, already.

I keep meaning to change that sidebar pic but Blogger is screwy for me from work and I can't edit my sidebar here. And then I always forget when I get home. Maybe tonight I'll finally do it.

Greg said...

Plug away Ed. And seriously, I love the STAR TREK franchise so I look forward to reading your latest conversation on THND.

bill r. said...

You know, I have a whole new post up. You guys could go there. It's about apples.

Ed Howard said...

This feels like when you're at a coffee house late at night and the staff are all conspicuously cleaning tables right nearby while glaring at you the whole time, and turning chairs up onto all the empty tables and generally doing everything short of actually screaming, "just leave already." And I'm just going to continue sipping my coffee and commenting right here, thank you very much. I'm an asshole like that.

bill r. said...

If I were to close the comments, then what would you do?? You'd be out on the streets, with the rest of your pothead friends! I hate working in a coffee house...

Ed Howard said...

Just let me finish this last cup...

*Sip*

bill r. said...

GOD HOW I HATE YOU, ED HOWARD!!!

Greg said...

You know, I have a whole new post up. You guys could go there. It's about apples....

Boo hoo! Before you came along with your stinkin' blog and your stupid posts you used to spend all your time having coffee over at my place. Now people like Ed come over here for coffee cause you charge, what, 10 cents less? And I'm left high and dry. High and dry! Well let me tell you something buddy, I don't care if you stay over here in your own little cafe with your stupid friends and your... voice starts to tremble ...

I said I don't care if you stay over ... bottom lip starts to quiver ...

I have to go... I... I have something in my eye.

bill r. said...

Oh now Greg! People still drink the shit out of your coffee! There's plenty of room in this crazy ol' blogonet for everybody!

Greg said...

Okay, but no specials on lattes the same day I do specials on lattes.

Oh, and don't worry about Ed. What I do is lock the bathroom and then when he has to pee really bad on account of all the coffee I'm like, "Oh sorry man, the bathroom lock's on a timer. Guess you gotta leave now huh?" Works every time.

Ed Howard said...

I wanna see a coffee bidding war now where you each keep reducing the price of your coffee by 10 cents to outdo the other. Mmmm cheap coffee.

Oh and Bill, another cup over here. I take mine black as midnight on a moonless night, thanks.

bill r. said...

I don't even have bathrooms here. I don't know where Ed puts it all.

And Ed...

I take mine black as midnight on a moonless night...

Wouldn't that be kind of greyish blue? I don't serve that shit around here, so get out!!

jryan said...

Bill has the edge because right now he has "Lego Glengarry Glen Ross".

But maybe I am a bit partial...

bill r. said...

Jryan -- I just tried the Youtube clip, and it's no go. We have a space issue, so we're not downloading any Flash player or anything right now. I can't watch nothin'...

jryan said...

It turns out I was going off a different script than was used in the film. It is the donut shop scene with Moss and Aaronow where they talk about the Indians.

The version I found online has more cursing, apparently.

Arbogast said...

Am I the only one here who's actually seen The Cat Girl?

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i really want to watch old horror movies but it's hard to find them

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