Jun 082018
 

In the final months and weeks of the 90s—a gentler time when the Internet was still the Web—I stumbled across a slash site. Slash felt like guerilla appropriation. It was fun and exciting on it’s own terms. But what surprised and fascinated me was that these stories of dwarves and hobbits and vulcans and Hogwarts students sneaking off during the breaks between scenes in familiar stories to cuddle, kiss and fuck were mostly written by women. Knowing this, these brief, earnest stories became mysterious and camp.

All of which is the context for my reaction to seeing Plautilla Nelli’s The Last Supper pop up in the Daily Art app on my phone as the painting for the day. The fresco is a familiar scene and familiar composition, but there’s something special about the central figures—Jesus and John—sitting together in a small circle of negative space, alone and mutually adoring in the busy group of men. It’s a beautiful scene and seeing it, my mind thought unbidden, “It’s slash.”

So this post.

 June 8, 2018  Moments
May 202018
 

It’s spring at last, and walking through Saint-Lambert last week, I saw a lawn that was all flower and no grass. This seemed perfect.

 May 20, 2018  Moments
Mar 042018
 

I meant to do this earlier in the week, but never had a chance. So in a rush, here’s my Oscar ballot (not predictions). In other words, these are what I’d vote for.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, Call Me by Your Name

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

SAM ROCKWELL, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

FRANCES MCDORMAND, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

LAURIE METCALF, Lady Bird

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

—No Vote—

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BLADE RUNNER 2049, Roger A. Deakins

COSTUME DESIGN

PHANTOM THREAD, Mark Bridges

DIRECTING

PHANTOM THREAD, Paul Thomas Anderson

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

—No Vote—

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

—No Vote—

FILM EDITING

BABY DRIVER, Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE SQUARE, Sweden

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

—No Vote—

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

PHANTOM THREAD, Jonny Greenwood

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

MYSTERY OF LOVE, from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens

BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

—No Vote—

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

—No Vote—

SOUND EDITING

—No Vote—

SOUND MIXING

—No Vote—

VISUAL EFFECTS

BLADE RUNNER 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Screenplay by James Ivory

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

LADY BIRD, Written by Greta Gerwig 

 

 March 4, 2018  Moments Tagged with:
Feb 222018
 

Imagine:

Blue lines and mottled yellow planes,
A horned block of red capped in brown,
Framing the pale face and rouged cheeks
Of a boy. He stands still and blank,
Eyes unfocused, hand perched on hip, posed
Yet not posturing, neither there nor still
By choice. He waits for sitting’s end,
Running already, free and laughing
With friends across plains of yellow grass.

 


Image: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839 – 1906 ), Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

 February 22, 2018  Moments Tagged with:
Feb 192018
 

It’s been quiet around here the past six months but I intend to start rambling about books and movies again.

Ideally, I’d chip away at the pile of notes I kept but never wrote about from the second half of last year’s lists. I’ve got high hopes, but we’ll see how it goes.

Worst case scenario: I pick up with the new stuff, go with it, and just let the past be past.

We’ll see.

 

 February 19, 2018  Moments