Full and happy

Los Angeleno by birth, Northwesterner by choice, Second-hander by nature. Librarian, housebound chef, father, and lowly subject ruled over by the needs and whims of a very old house.
Partial to Mexican, Italian and Vietnamese cookery but will eat damn near anything. Collector of many strange things..the result is chaos and anarchy and a very pleasant place to live.
There is pleasure in accumulation, not just "collecting": music, books and film, in all their multi-formated glory. Outsider artists and those kinds of prints you would recognize if you took liberal studies classes in college. Cooking implements and gadgets for recipes still untried or those ventured. Glasses for most types of libations. Flowers in the garden, herbs in the pot.
It's a life of the senses and a good home life reflects that. Walking helps take in all the rest. Requires no special equipment, opens up the pores, brightens the taste buds, clears the decks for further adventures, puts on the miles, widens the eyes and helps fuel the imagination.

Live boldly, play graciously and love with all your heart knowing that true love comes only once or twice in this lifetime. Speaking of which..donde estas, Empress of my Heart?


"Lack imagination and miss the better story" Yann Martel

"Life is a great adventure and I want to say to you, accept it in such spirit. I want to see you face it ready to do the best that lies in you to win out. To go down without complaining and abiding by the result....the worst of all fears is the fear of living." Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

"Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you
You must travel it for yourself" Walt Whitman

And above all, friends should possess the rare gift of sitting. They should be able, no, eager, to sit for hours-three, four, six-over a meal of soup and wine and cheese, as well as one of twenty fabulous courses.

Then, with good friends of such attributes, and good food on the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask,

When shall we live if not now?

-From Serve it Forth,
M.F.K. Fisher

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Now this film looks scary!

Stumbling on articles about little movies like Paranormal Activity is one of the big reasons to keep the 'net up and running, that's for sure. Sure, the buzz about that flick would have reached this little burg eventually but it helps to have a cape waved in your face, matador style, in order to be aware and ready to catch little films like this when they come through town. In the case of this particular movie, if it comes through town. Paranormal Activity is in "limited release" at the moment, playing in larger metro areas awaiting a groundswell of interest to carry it forward. Or so they say. Sounds like a William Castle kind of gimmick to me. (Update 9/27: according to an article in today's LA Times the gimmick is working: it looks like it will be in wider release this coming October).

Will Paranormal Activity be a one trick pony (albiet a very scary pony!) the way The Blair Witch Project was? Or will it have legs and become a haunted house classic in the tradition of The Haunting, The Others or The Changling? After being scared witless watching Shiver alone the other night, I find myself craving another new and exciting frightfest, but something out in town, with an audience screaming all around me. Nothing quite like mass hysteria to get the old heart pumping in a truly meaningful way.

Yeah, just typing up those titles gave me a bit of the creeps right now and had me switching on the lights. Time to vote online to get that movie to come just a wee bit closer than Seattle. Take a look at that trailer and I bet it'll get you turning on your lights, too.


Paranormal Activity Yahoo article and attached trailer:
Nice article about the film's history found in the LA Times:
Oh, yes, and while you're waiting..if you need a bit of tension and relatively gore free frights in your life try the little French horror film Ils (Them!) The lead up may be slow for some but it belies the tension that builds up in the second act...an act that is 77 minutes of sheer tension and pure psychological terror. A "61" on the Tomato Meter...here's a quote among many that I loved for it's brevity:
"It breezes by and slaps you with some ice water and then scurries right out of the room."
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Scott Weinberg

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