This blog will chronicle my adventures in my favorite medium of art as I try to make my way in this world. You may also find posts about photography, writing, environmental conservation, and other subjects that I find interesting.
Belle de Jour was my first Luis Bunuel film. On the surface, the film is about a housewife that becomes a prostitute in her spare time in the afternoon, but through Bunuel’s wonderful surreal imagery we explore the pangs of hidden desire, betrayal, and shame.
BELLE DE JOUR - Official Trailer - Directed by Luis Buñuel & newly restored - YouTube
I was expecting this film to be so melancholy. By the end of the film, I was nearly tearing up, I can’t wait to explore more of Buneul’s work.
At the time of writing, it is currently available on Amazon and The Criterion Channel.
Seeing this film again at The Plaza Theatre was an absoultely breathtaking! The first time I saw this film was on my phone a couple of years ago, but to see the 4K restoration in a real theater made the film so much more enjoyable.
Escape From New York is simply badasss. It is effective, raw, buzzword inducing, dystopian awsomeness.
Escape From New York - VHS Trailer (HD) (1994) - YouTube
The genius of John Carpenter’s materpiece is in its simplicity. Snake Pliskin is a convicted bank robber that goes into the prision city of Manhattan to save the President of the United States. He has 24 hours to save the day or he and the world will die.
That’s it. There’s no need to overcomplicate it because that’s enough to get us hooked.
While political expression is fine and dandy, art with sole purpse of expressing idealogy tends to be rather stale. There is much more to the human experience than which arbitrary political party has power.
With that in mind, I have distilled all the feverish fears, general anger, and rampant paranoia of our time into verse and video for your viewing displeasure.
Poetry Slam- New World Order - YouTube
Goldman-Sachs, data hacked, no one’s got our back.
It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? A lot has transpired since my last post. I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’m making a lot of big changes so expect more from me soon! I will be updating the blog more as well.
Here is some of what I have been up to:
I did an interview with Jim Rodgers from Nearly Native Nursery. We talked about native plants and their effect on the ecosystem. Check it out!
Why Native Plants Are Important - YouTube
I started a podcast with some friends! If you enjoy odd, irreverent humor, check out I Got Nothin’!
I Got Nothin'- 01- The Betty White Tirade - SoundCloud (6136 secs long, 8 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Also, I’ve been appearing on Brandon Jay’s podcast and vlog, Startup from the Bottom.
Forming a Partnership & Future Plans - YouTube
Thanks for reading (and your patience)! Follow this blog and my social media for more stuff.
One summer my mother had broken her foot and I was tasked with watering her tomatoes. I hauled the hose to the backyard and stood for what felt like hours pouring water on the plants. It was hot and humid and I just wanted it to be over. However, tiny visitors changed my perspective.
Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta)
These charming little worms enraptured my attention. Luckily, my overindulgent parents let them live as long as I kept them away from the tomatoes.
Moth (Manduca sexta)
Ever since that moment I have been obsessed with these little guys. I have kept Wagner’s guide close and have sought out as many species as possible. Recently, I have been trying to culitvate more species of caterpillars by planting host plants.
Early instar of Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus)
Out of all the media I have consumed, nothing compares to the roller coaster of excitement that is seeing a new film out of Korea. After a turbulent 20th century (and even during the 20th century), the pennisula has produced some of the most celebrated films of recent memory.
My aim is to create a short guide that you might benefit from viewing first as you delve in to Korean Cinema. These films are often the most accessible foreign language films available and simply wonderful to watch.
Who doesn’t love a good Western? The Good the Bad the Weird is a Korean Western set in the 1930s in the former Japanese province of Mantruria. Two outlaws, a bounty hunter, and a whole host of others set out to posess a treasure map.
THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD - Official Trailer - YouTube
This film has got it all! Shoot outs, fight scenes, epic chases, Barbarians with hammers, you name it!
The Good the Bad the Weird succeeds in delivering a classic genre film in a truly unique way. It is funny, supenseful, and full of heart. I would recommend starting with this film first because it perfectly encapsulates what is so great about the Korean New Wave.
When is the last time you were actually emotionally invested in a Zombie movie? Wait no longer! Train to Busan is the story of a group a passengers survining the outbreak of the Zombie virus while stuck on a train from Seoul to Busan.
Train to Busan Official Trailer #1 (2016) Yoo Gong Korean Zombie Movie HD - YouTube
At its core, the film hangs on the relationship between the two leads, a father and young daughter. It keeps you emotionally involved throughout the entire film. It is very touching and saying more would ruin the film.
The zombie stuff is still awesome! It is the only film that I know of where you can watch someone puch Zombies to death!
Everyone wants to be a optimistic person full of happiness and kitschy inspirational quotes. While there is nothing wrong with positivty or optimism, it doesn’t provide you shelter from the storms that blow through our lives.
True adversity shatters this view. While it is easy to maintain an optimistic attitude when things go your way, what do you when things do not?
“Premeditatio malorum,” is a Latin phrase that means “the pre-meditation of evils.” It was a practice championed by the Ancient Stoics. Instead of minimizing the bad things that can happen in our lives, the Stoics argued that we should periodically meditate on what could wrong and losing what we now have. The practice has found a resurgence, in more recent times, under the more concise name, “Negative Visualization.”
The Stoics, despite advocating thinking negatively, did not spend all their time brooding in the dark being sad. Instead they became more grateful of the things they had and more prepared when adversity faced them.
“It is not that we are given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it.”
– Seneca the Younger
Gratitude and Joy
As someone who suffers from OCD, I understand your natural reservations on negative visualization. No one likes to imagine the worst befalling themselves.
Since consciously practicing, I have experienced nothing, but good results. The natural restlessness that usually accompanies me has softened, I feel less bored, and I have take more interest in surroundings. Instead of feeling dissatisfied with my situation, I feel grateful to be alive.
“By contemplating the impermanence of everything in the world, we are forced to recognize that every time we do something could be the last time we do it, and this recognition can invest the things we do with a significance and intensity that would otherwise be absent . We will no longer sleepwalk through our life. Some people, I realize, will find it depressing or even morbid to contemplate impermanence. I am nevertheless convinced that the only way we can be truly alive is if we make it our business periodically to entertain such thoughts.”
-William B. Irvine
Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful 2019.
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