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November 6th, 2007


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10:31 am - And I feel it's a long way down....
I leave for Barcelona in two days.
Holy shit.


Current Music: Rufus Wainwright, "Barcelona"

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From:penpusher
Date:December 31st, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
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In the spirit of "full disclosure," purejuice had nothing whatsoever to do with it! Actually, I came across a community request from a member of iheartcinema where this person was looking for info on a rare film from the 1950s, and was it on video or DVD. I immediately thought of Kim's Video and googled up some listings about it, but also popping up was an Gothamist article from 2003 titled "The Championship Vinyl of Video Stores" which mentioned Kim's but focused on a Brooklyn shop I had not heard of called "Reel Life." It even featured a link at the end to a livejournal entry for more about this magical/judgmental mecca for movies. Well, I had to click that!

*THWART!* It was locked! But I could see the link and it was written by you. So, I looked at the entries in your journal I could see, and it was quite obvious I needed to add you to my list. Who knows... maybe you might also be an interested candidate for talk_show? But don't even think about that now; we'll get to that concept, next year.
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From:libertina
Date:January 1st, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, I didn't expect THAT answer....Ah yes, the controversial "My So-Called Reel Life" entry! That was linked to Gothamist unbeknownst to me about a year after I wrote it, and shortly after it appeared, I received an LJ comment from an inactive user that merely said "Don't playa hate." I wound up writing a clarification if not an outright apology, on Gothamist for being unreasonably mean-spirited, because despite the fact that it was staffed by a gaggle of surly & dismissive cineastes [and in fairness, this has improved vastly in recent years, although Reel Life's flagship store is in Williamsburg, and by definition I'm sure that the elitist vibe is still alive and well there], I still believe that small businesses should be patronized, especially when they're really passionate about what they offer.

At any rate, something good came out of that entry, because I acquired a new LJ friend years later. :)

What exactly does talk_show entail?
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From:penpusher
Date:January 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I didn't find the piece mean-spirited, but thought it was wry and playful, though that's my sense of humor. Or one of my senses of humor. We have five senses of humor, but most people only use one or two. To me, that's not a fully lived life! But, that's also why it's so tough for a comedy to win a Best Picture Oscar. We can all tell when something is dramatic, but everyone's got a different idea about what's funny. If everyone used all their senses of humor more often, the world would be a much happier place!

But that's another half-baked theory for another time. It is heartbreaking to see what things like Duane Reade and Chase and Citibank have done to our town. Thank goodness the Wal-Mart blockade has held, though the fact that we have K-Mart, Target and Home Depot is a bit off-putting. So, this is my long-winded way of saying I agree that supporting the locals is definitely better all around, even if they shout at you sometimes.

But to answer the question about talk_show, it's exactly what you would expect. It's an interview/conversation about the guest for that episode, about their online and offline lives, what they write/blog about and other such stuff. Posted the most recent one today, and since I am the talent coordinator and host, I'm the one who has to poke around for people who I think have interesting things to talk about!

And that's the problem. Finding guests has been extremely difficult in the past. You wouldn't think so with millions of journals out there! But I am a bit selective. So, I tossed the idea to you because I just wanted to have a reserve of potential people to appear: I hope to get one interview a week, every week in 2008.

No pressure or anything! The archive of the show is right on the userpage, and you can have a look at (nearly) all of the previous shows there. The format has remained pretty consistent over the 34 episodes.

And as for me, after I did that search, I didn't find the info about that 1950s movie, but it's clear I found something much better! I'm glad you're on my list!
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From:libertina
Date:January 3rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)

I find sex with you to be a Kafkaesque experience. I mean that as a compliment.

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Huh. I'm trying to think of a comedy that's taken home the big one since Annie Hall....Nope, can't do it. Good point.

"...And as for me, after I did that search, I didn't find the info about that 1950s movie, but it's clear I found something much better! I'm glad you're on my list!"

--Likewise! And hey, if I don't manage to completely alienate with confounding epic run-on sentence like the one above, which I wrote yesterday in the throes of hangover/severe fatigue (I should barely be allowed to speak to people in that state, let alone blog), that says something. :)

Well. Arguably, I may not have intereresting things to talk about, but hopefully I can at least embellish my nonsense to a readable level. So, yes, I'd be much obliged to appear on talk_show, and thanks for asking. Have you ever interviewed yourself?
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From:penpusher
Date:January 3rd, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)

Re: I find sex with you to be a Kafkaesque experience. I mean that as a compliment.

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One could argue... and in fact many have argued... that "Annie Hall" isn't exactly a comedy, but really more of a drama with some amusing moments... a dramedy or a comma, as it were. Or a coma, in some cases. Certainly by the traditional definition, it wasn't a "comedy." The Sorrow. And The Pity.

So, if you didn't count "Annie Hall" (but of course we should and do) and you don't count musicals... (Chicago, Oliver!, West Side Story) you'd have to go back to "It Happened One Night" to find a comedy that took home the Little Gold Guy. And that was during the Great Depression! People needed comedy back then. I guess Oscar will never divide the Best Picture cats into Comedy/Musical and Drama, as the Golden Globes do, which is ironic since there is now an "Animated feature" award.

Haven't interviewed myself, but I did do a monologue about LiveJournal and SixApart which was at least as bad as me talking about myself!
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From:libertina
Date:January 4th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
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Right-o. Humour is indeed highly subjective. I'd venture to say that the "purest" (albeit dark) comedy that was close to winning in recent years was Pulp Fiction. Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine had comedic bits, but both were rife with The Sorrow. And The Pity.

Thoughts?
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From:penpusher
Date:January 4th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
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Now that you mention it, it hasn't exactly been easy to get a comedy NOMINATED for BP.

Little Miss Sunshine. That maybe should have won. It certainly had one of the funniest and at the same time most touching uses of Rick James' music in history.

Did you ever see "This Film Has Not Yet Rated?" There's a mindblower.
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From:libertina
Date:January 4th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Little Miss Sunshine! Of course. It was staring me right in the face (and not just because I was a dead ringer for Olive as a preteen; others have attested to this). I really enjoyed that one but thought it an odd contender for Best Picture, because the uniformly awesome acting, the humour, and its poignancy redeemed a highly entertaining and madcap but often problematic plot.

I've never seen the film you mentioned. It's a documentary, right?

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