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Today’s Theme Music – Howl

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This song won’t leave my head so I guess it wants me to write about it.  Until the movie 21 & Over (movie #300), I had never heard Howl by The Gaslight Anthem.  But since I hunted down the single, I’ve been hooked on it.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that shares the name with one of my favorite poems.

Howl

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix…” — Allen Ginsberg

I’ve seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by stress and apathy; bloated, complacent. Unmoving in front of the flickering screen looking for a means of escape.  I see brilliant minds flipping burgers, working two and three jobs, under the thumb of mercurial bosses with zero hope of upward mobility.

Do you still hear the sound of the thunder while you lie up by yourself?

I see them buried under the twin loads of student loans and credit card debt.  The only escape from which is the grave.  I see brilliant, compassionate, amazing people, barren and alone.  Chipping away the pieces of their beautiful souls in the ever fading hope of being noticed, of being loved.

Do you believe there’s still some magic left, somewhere inside our souls?

Do three impossible things before breakfast, no matter how small.  Magic is not an illusion; it’s the seed from which joy springs.  Water it with your dreams, your hopes, and the infinite possibilities.  That piercing light that warms the soil and lights the way is the same that casts deep shadows of doubt everywhere.  One cannot exist without the other.

Bless your waters

Bless your doubts

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in introspective, Music

 

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The Flying Man

Really interesting short.  Feels like and extended preview but I would pay to see a feature length version of the idea.

Read more about it here; ‘The Flying Man’ Short Delivers A Cool, Creepy Take On The Superhero Genre — The Joodlum Group.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Videos

 

Quitting is not failure

I’ve ended my 365 Movies challenge.  Actually I ended on day 318 with the movie Train to Nowhere.  It almost seemed appropriate.  I was not feeling the challenge anymore.  I’m pretty sure I had missed another movie day and most importantly, I wasn’t having any more fun.  It was great when I started, but then it turned into a chore, and in the end I was really starting to dread it, especially when my life became really busy last month.

There was a time when I would have not written this post.  I would’ve let the subject just fade away all the while berating myself for being a failure once again.  But you know something? I am not a failure, I’ve watched 327 movies (I’ve watched two new movies since 318 and this includes the seven movie rewatches) so far this year.

Even more than that, I’ve expanded the types of movies I watch.  I’ve watched movies in Swedish (Patrik, 1,5) German (Rammbock: Berlin Undead, Iron Sky, The Wave #210) , French (Vidocq, Ca$h #252), Hindi (Delhi BellyDhoom), Italian (Gommorah #224), Bokmal-Norwegian (Dead Snow #225) and Hebrew/Yiddish (Eyes Wide Open #170).  I’ve watched comedy, action, science fiction, thrillers, and even a chick flick or two.  I’ve learned about adults with autism (Wretches and Jabberers), illegal immigration (Train to Nowhere #318), and about the architect of the 1965 March on Washington (Brother Outsider:The Life Of Bayard Rustin).  And after all this time, I’ve finally watched the holy frickin’ trilogy (Star Wars #172, The Empire Strikes Back #175, and Return of the Jedi #176).

How can anyone call that a failure?

Will I do this again next year?  Probably not, watching a movie a day can be daunting and besides I have way too many television series in my Netflix queue that I’ve been ignoring.  Besides, I didn’t get to rewatch as many movies as I would have liked to and when I would do a movie marathon it only counted as one movie.  But, of course, I will still be watching movies.  I predict I will watch at least 100 next year, minimum.

One thing I hadn’t expected when I started this challenge was how it would shape parts of my life.  At first I was going to just keep track of them in a notebook, because I was already writing an occasional review for another website.  But then I started writing them here and it helped me so much with my writing skills.  Then someone read some of my reviews and asked me if I would be willing to do a small weekly audio segment.  That became Been Caught Streaming on KJSR.net.  That’s on a hiatus now because I’m becoming a DJ on the station, doing a weekly two hour show playing music from movie soundtracks (Thursdays from 7-9pm EST).  There is a bit a review in there as well but I’m not sure if I’m going to add back the Been Caught Streaming segment yet. It seems I just can’t get away from movies.  Not that it’s a bad thing.

So yes, for all intents and purposes, this is the end of the 365 Movies challenge,  although I will still be keeping track of any other movies I watch in the next 29 days.  But as far as a movie a day?  That’s over, I quit.  But I’m not a failure.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Movies, Reviews

 

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