Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Joe's War Journal, Entry #3482

Flies. Flies. Goddam flies. They're everywhere. And by everywhere I mean a few in my kitchen. The trick to really killing the fuck out of a fly is to trap it in the bathroom. Smaller in there. Easier to target it with the Tilex. Then you whop it with the plunger. My floor is littered with the corpses of my insect enemies.

Beer bottles are also useful. Leave them out after done. Flies crawl in, get intoxicated, and can't crawl out. They die their in their own filth. I saw a moldy fly today. Fuck you, buddy. You shouldn't have come in my apartment.

Moving along.

I watched a damn fine movie tonight. Years ago, Charles "hellgirl" Lyons recommended it to me. Said it had that magic Malick feel. If you don't know, Terrence Malick is the greatest living American director, and that with only three films to his 20some year career. A lyrical master with an eye for detail unheard of elsewhere. Anyway, this one's by David Gordon Green, and even though I really liked his All the Real Girls (in fact, it's the movie that awful screenplay I posted a bit from would be if it wasn't, well, awful), I never got around to renting George Washington. Takes place in a small southern town, and it's mostly about a group of early teen kids and their life one summer. One of them dies and they cover it up. But a plot synopsis doesn't do it justice. Really great work from everyone involved. Unknown actors just really feeling it. Cinematography worth drools, and great scripting well said.

It's even got a lot of superhero iconography, as George becomes obsessed with being a hero. Starts wearing a costume and cape. Malick won't ever be doing a superhero movie, so this is the closest we nerds can get. Please, do yourselves a favor. Check it out and soak it in.

Turns out part of my nasty moods lately was perhaps a hunger for artistic beauty. My CBReak (half-assed as it is) will provide some extra time to rebrush up on great films. Time to rewatch some Malick and Wong Kar-Wai. And, hell, can't go wrong with Amelie.


At 9:38 AM, Blogger Lena said...

My aunt battled her flies problem with clorox. After she finished eating and using the kitchen for the day, she sprays down all the surfaces and parts of the floor with the clorox spray bottle. It worked like a charm.

Oh, it also helps if you don't throw your garbage on the floor.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

Where else would one put garbage?

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Ed Cunard said...

George Washington is amazing. Now I want to go rewatch it.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

Did you see All the Real Girls?

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Ed Cunard said...

No. I don't think I've even heard of it, prior to you mentioning it. What's it about?

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

Girl has summer vacation from college back in her small southern town. She and her brother's fuck'em and leave'em best friend fall for each other. He ends up falling harder.

It's really good stuff. It's seriously just what my first screenplay would have been if, instead of letting a real-life affair dictate it, I actually wrote it well.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mate, have you seen this yet?


Fuck yeah.


- Max.

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

My computer can't do it. I hate my computer. I hate it.

At 2:31 AM, Blogger Max Zero said...

Steal somebody else's computer.

C'mon man, it's Malick. You know it's worth it. It's only a minute and a half long, but it's full of noble savagery, incredible camera shots, graceful & swiftly flowing action and young men staring deeply off into the distance. What else do you need from the Big Man?

I was particularly pleased to see it, because I had no fucking idea he had made it. I thought he was making a movie about Castro or somethin'.

Man, since they stopped letting me buy 'Empire', I don't know jack-shit about whats going on in movies...

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Joe Rice said...

Good point. I'll check it out at school. They've got good stuff there.

Mmmmmmmm unexpected Malick . . .mmmmmmmmmm.


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