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I’m Baaaaack!

Well, I’ll be back as of April 1st.

 

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Film Nerd Hacks A Moleskine…

Untouched Moleskine

 On July 22, a small group of film nerds will converge at the Alamo Drafthouse – Slaughter to watch The Story of Film: An Odyssey. The Mark Cousins 15-hour documentary covers the history of film from 1895 to the 2000s. I will be one of those people watching the documentary and I can’t wait!

The sheer weight of this screening requires that one takes notes. I chose to purchase a new Moleskine for the event…and any other movie events after. The Star Wars one appealed to me because I am not a huge fan of the Moleskine Passions Film Journal. I don’t like this one for two reasons: 

Oh, those tabs…

1. Those tabs! Way too cumbersome to take notes in the dark.

Passions Film Journal: Odd things to document

2. The page layout. My mind just doesn’t work this way. Also, the information you’re being asked to jot down can easily found in IMDb. 

 

So when my lady friend, Jenni, posted a website that listed several Moleskine hacks, I thought I would give it a shot. While my results aren’t what I initially envisioned, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done.

Step One: The Front Cover

I decided that a plain ol’ Star Wars cover wasn’t enough. I added the titles of films that were all released in 1977!

My new front cover

Step 2: That Pesky Back Cover

I really couldn’t decide to do with the back, so I listed those movies I could never live without. My Desert Island Movies! 

Step 3: The Pages

I decided to work in both directions. Turning pages from right to left, you would see my notes. The largest section is for notes about what I am actually watching. The right column is where I’ll document those movies that I want to track down later. The bottom row is where I’ll write down those random thoughts I have that are unrelated to what I’m watching.

My Notes Page

Turning pages from left to right, I am documenting all of the films that I’ve watched that were 35mm. I just started keeping track of this, so the list only contains those films I’ve seen in 2012.

My 35mm Movies

Step 4: The Inside Covers

The 35mm theme is also seen on the inside back cover by the pocket.

Yay 35mm!

Yet another list of movies appears on the inside front cover. This time I’ve listed a film that was released every year I’ve been around. Yep, totally telling you my age with that first film.

What’s left?

 Well, figuring out how to have my contact information visible. I think I’ve settled on pasting a business card, but we’ll see.

Writing on the spine is hard!!

I also have started that planning for my next Moleskine hack. Jean-Michel Basquiat is my inspiration for that one. In the meantime, I have pens to doodle with.

Bucking the trend. I use the Pilot G20 in the real world, so I chose Sharpies to write in my Moleskine.

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Mandatory: Dreaming (Nightmares) of Oscar

I gave up on the Academy Awards a long time ago. I can pinpoint the date: March 21st, 1999. The exclamation point on a pretty crappy decade of films was Gwyneth Paltrow winning an Oscar for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, a film that I still can’t stomach.

Why list anything Oscar-related now? Hmmm, I don’t know, so let’s blame it on peer pressure, heavy metal music and the GOP.

I am only picking my one wish for each category. It’ll be easier for me to hit 100% accuracy. (Noticeably missing is Best Foreign Language Film. I haven’t seen enough of the films on the short list to have an opinion. South Korea’s submission, THE FRONT LINE, deservedly did not make the list.)

Best Picture: TAKE SHELTER (nope)

Best Director: Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE (yes!)

Best Actor: Michael Shannon, TAKE SHELTER (nope)

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (nope)

Best Supporting Actor: Nick Nolte, WARRIOR (yes!)

Best Supporting Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg, MELANCHOLIA (nope)

Best Original Screenplay: Jeff Nichols, TAKE SHELTER (nope)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, MONEYBALL (yes!)

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE (yes!)

Best Documentary: BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK (nope)

Best Animated Feature: RANGO (yes!)

 

Post-Announcement Reaction: The Academy did not see TAKE SHELTER. That has to be the only explanation.

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Obsession: Needless CGI Explosions

QUICK (2011)

Motorcycles. Bad explosions. I need this DVD!

 

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Obsession: Lee Byung-hun

Who wouldn’t buy a shirt from him?

 

The Hallyu star has opened a shop in Korea. Hats, wallets, etc are all being sold. If only I could make purchases online….  BH Shop

 

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OK, It’s A Year-End List

My 2011 By-The-Numbers

1 – Number of feature narrative films by Dee Rees. She directed my favorite film of the year, PARIAH.

2 – Number of films I walked out of. CHARLIE CASANOVA and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3. Both were in a film festival setting and I felt my time would be better spent standing in line or sleeping.

3 – Number of 35mm ROBOCOP movies watched. ROBOCOP, ROBOCOP 2, and ROBOCOP 3

4 – Number of Sylvia Kristel movies I watched: EMMANUELLE, EMMANUELLE 2, EMMANUELLE 4, and THE CONCORD: AIRPORT ‘79

5 – Number of times I saw ATTACK THE BLOCK in a theatre. Twice at SXSW and 3 times theatrically.

6 – Number of movies I watched that involved apes and planets. PLANET OF THE APES, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

7 – SEVENTH MOON. Watched on 7/23. Why does this movie exist and why did I feel the need to watch it?

8 – Number of films watched at Austin Film Festival: MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, METROPOLITAN, DARWIN, ECSTASY OF ORDER: THE TETRIS MASTERS, CINEMA IS EVERYWHERE, SOMEWHERE WEST, SAL, PARIAH

9 – Number of shorts watched as a part of the (online) Tribeca Film Festival: THE RIDE, MR.  STACHE, THE KISS, THE DUNGEON MASTERS, YEAR ZERO, TERMS, SUMMER SNAPSHOT, ROOMS, and CRASH AND BURN

10 – Number of films I watched and enjoyed that were directed by Kim Ki-duk: THE ISLE, REAL FICTION, BAD GUY, THE COAST GUARD, SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER SPRING, SAMARITAN GIRL, 3-IRON, THE BOW, TIME, and BREATH

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