Monday, February 28, 2011

Viewing Log #75: Includes the lyrics [2/22/11 - 2/28/11]

by Ryland Walker Knight

Later Light 2

  • Born This Way music video, [Nick Knight, 2011] It's not that I feel confronted and shocked and put off like that; it's that I think it's bad pop music. Comparing it to Prince, say, does it no favors but, holy hell, this isn't even Madonna level though it's aiming for a new century "Express Yourself" and/or "Vogue" thing mixed with Gaga's brand of, um, dada sexuality. Pretty silly, me thinks, to define yourself strictly via your sexuality since we all know that's simply a reaction to some "No!" somewhere along the line despite this song posing as a "Yes!" (though the lyrics are a giveaway, too). How's that for over-thinking it, eh folks?

  • The Oscars It's dumb to complain, but, hell. As Nellie tweeted: worst company picnic ever.
  • Inception [Christopher Nolan, 2010] # I was tired and didn't want to think and it'd already been ordered on our on demand. It's still really stupid and poorly shot.

  • The Fighter [David O. Russell, 2010] # A few scenes to look at all that competition—specifically between the performance styles and what separates the, excuse me this alliteration, brilliant Bale and loathsome Leo.
  • Three Kings [David O. Russell, 1999] # Wanted to make sure of something. Didn't watch the whole thing. It's entertaining, yes. It's also the perfect movie to get obsessed with when you're 17 and you think you're smart but really you can just name effects instead of simply watching a movie.

  • Slings and Arrows First Season, episodes 4-6 [Peter Wellington, 2003] Pretty lovely little wrap up with those kids figuring it all out. Lots of good will here. That's all I got on this.

Lost Bark


  1. I must protest - Inception has an Oscar for best cinematography, therefore it can't be poorly shot. What are you going to say next, that The King's Speech isn't the best film of the year? Ludicrous!

  2. I don't know you so I can't tell if you're serious or if you're joshing. But I do hope you're joshing.

  3. Josh is a close friend of mine. Oscar? Not so much.

  4. Yeah, Born This Way does kinda come off like Dwight Yoakam in Sling Blade: "I love ya, ya bunch of freaks."

    My girlfriend noted how Lady G pushed the 10-year old girl's cover of the song but failed to acknowledge that her version conveniently leaves out transgendered people (as do most covers of the song). Fashionable, conditional inclusion.

    You are one of the few people to state clearly what many simply fail to see: Inception is ugly as hell. All the money is up there on the screen, and so what?