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Someone do me a favor and shoot Michelle Branch in the head? Her whiny overpronunciation and safe, listenable pop songs and all that damned lip gloss.... they're just too much.
Natalie Imbruglia + Jewel + liberal dose of Ambercrombi & Fitch clothing+ accessories from Claire's

it's Dreck.
Oh, Bill Gaines, where art thou?

I was up rather late last night and had almost decided to sleep when I flipped around the channels one more time (finding it disturbing that no less than 6 channels were showing simultaneous coors light commercials) and found that Snatch was on. I really dig that movie and haven't seen it since the theatre. I even watched Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells again the other day and wished I had Snatch so I could laugh at the character switches.
I picked up Lock, Stock several years ago. It was a cheap tape, I didn't know what it was and I was looking for something new. So I just fell in love with it. Loved the style and impressed with the editing. Mood music usually annoys the fuck out of me. It has to be done incredibly well for me to either find it innocuous or tolerable, never good. That whole... "insert big budget theme song here" technique or the swell of music underneath that heart touching reunion scene, they both can just instantly make me want to smack someone because it's usually *so* badly done.
But the mood music in snatch is actually *good*. The placement and tone of songs are really really good.
Nadja had good music, As Good As it Gets had Good music placement (in parts.. in some parts it got a bit much with the Randy Newmanized Jazz riffs)... I dunno, my brain stopped working.

And what's the deal with Randy Newman anyway? Why does he keep getting nominated for awards for his "I have one song with different words" movie scores? He's horrible. He's always BEEN horrible, it's not just an age thing.
I don't understand the appeal at all.

George Lopez. Trying to hone in on Paul Rodriguez's territory with the "accesible, friendly, hispanic man" schtick.
It's just sad when your whole routine is based on your race, no matter what your race is.
You have to be some sort of insanely funny to pull that off... and he's just not.

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frobisher
Aug. 15th, 2002 09:52 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, Paul Rodriguez seems to have given up accessible and friendly, going by his performance in Blood Work.
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:07 am (UTC)
Ya know, I don't have any interest in seeing that movie. But if I did, I'd be really pissed at you right now.

I'm one of those silly people who wants to know as little as possible about a movie going into it. As far as I'm concerened, if Bloodwork was something I wanted to see (Clint Eastwood has never been a favorite and hollywood can't get serial killers right because, well... accurate serial killers wouldn't be sensational enough), I already know too much knowing that it's got a cop in it and he's had medical problems and now he's going after a serial killer that he apparently has some connection to.
That's too much.
SO yeah ... if I had wanted to see it, I'd be pissed at you right now...
frobisher
Aug. 16th, 2002 11:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I figured. But I didn't think you'd want to see it, and it's a completely irrelevant point. If it had any importance, I wouldn't have said a word.

And, I wouldn't advise anyone to rush out and see it. Entertaining enough, but not really good.
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, you know?
You knew it would have pissed me off, but you posted it here anyway. Bravo, Dave.

This movie (if it were by anyone other than Eastwood) would have been EXACTLY something I'd want to see... And to me.. it doesn't matter if it's irrelevant. I don't want to know ANYTHING about movies.
Anything.

Someone told me stuff about minority report (innocuous, pointless. "there's lots of ads, looks like blade runner") And I thought my head was going to explode, I was so damned annoyed at them.
I want a *clean slate*. And I don't trust people to tell me only the unimportant parts becuase people are idiots, first of all, especially when it comes to movies. And secondly, because how do they know what's important in it *to me*?


Again, this is probably a fundamental difference in opinion when it comes to movies... we have a lot of those.
frobisher
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize you needed your slate quite thatclean. My apologies.

And, I didn't really think it was going to be a problem, for the reasons I mentioned. Apparently I skidded very close to being wrong. Again, my apologies.

Since I've had to realize lately that people will find some way of taking almost anything I say in a bad way, yes, I did realize that there was a chance you'd be pissed off. But, since you don't want to see it, you're not pissed off. I think.

But I guess I'm just going to have to learn to live with people being pissed off at me, since it seems unavoidable.

Oh well. *shrug*
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:10 pm (UTC)
okey dokey, Eeyore.

"no one cares, so I'll just shut up."
"everyone gets angry at me, so I guess I'll just have to learn to live with it."
"nobody likes me, so I'll just go eat worms"

All sounds about the same to me. Self pity is the ultimate 'ick', Dave.

frobisher
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:18 pm (UTC)
Uh... no.

Try reading that again. It's not "I'll have to learn to live with it" in a self-pitying way. It's "I'll have to learn to live with it" in a "well, if they get pissed off, tough" way.

Even if you think otherwise. Strangely, I am willing to take a stand that I know better what I mean than you do.
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC)
I was just pointing out that that's how it comes off, since the other two statements there (or things very similar to them) are things you've said often and they are *certainly* self pity-riffic.

Dave, you're always willing to take a stand that you know better.
ALWAYS.
Why do you pretend otherwise?

frobisher
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:27 pm (UTC)
Because it's not true.

Clearly you disagree. Enjoy.
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 08:48 pm (UTC)
Dave, I've personally witnessed you almost go into hissy fit mode when you didn't get your way or when someone disagreed with you.
You aren't the glowing altruistic saint that you let people think you are.
Well, the saint that you had *me* snowed into believing you were, anyway.

And ya know, right at this moment, I would really like to rip into you and list off all the things that annoy me and really get in your face and make you feel small... but I won't.
Because I'm pretty sure that it would only give you more reason to feel sorry for yourself and I'd rather not feed your issues.



frobisher
Aug. 16th, 2002 09:13 pm (UTC)
Frankly, I think you rather misinterpret my reactions to "not getting my way" and being disagreed with, etc. quite often.

Of course, if you think I try to come off as a saint, you're way off base right from the start.

Am I a nice guy? Yeah, I like to think I am, overall. Am a good person to have around when you need a friend? Yeah, I think so, and I think I can find a lot of people who'll back me up on that one. Am I a good person? I try.

Do I think I'm perfect? Quite the opposite. And I'd think you'd know that.

From what you're saying, I get the impression that you take a lot of what I say seriously at times when I'm anything but. I get that a lot.

I'll be honest. If you feel I snowed you into something or let you down in some way, that upsets me. I don't like doing things like that. Particularly to people I care about. I don't think I did, but maybe I'm wrong. Again, I'm far from perfect.

But I'll just have to accept being upset. Not because I can be self-pitying about it, but because I don't think there's anything I can do about it. Beating my head against a wall doesn't strike me as a useful activity.

I suppose I should put some kind of concluding statement here, but I really can't think of anything more to say.
maddening
Aug. 16th, 2002 09:37 pm (UTC)
You should have quit while you were ahead.
Frankly, I think you rather misinterpret my reactions to "not getting my way" and being disagreed with, etc. quite often.

I'm pretty sure I don't. I was STUNNED by your behavior when you were in DC, Dave... Stunned. And I'm pretty sure that it was pretty close to your usual mode of being.
Taking that and adding it to prior knowledge and behavior since... I'm pretty sure I'm not misinterpreting.


Of course, if you think I try to come off as a saint, you're way off base right from the start.

No, I know you don't try to come off as SAINTLY, but you *do* try to come off as the nicest guy in the room at any given time.


Am I a nice guy? Yeah, I like to think I am, overall. Am a good person to have around when you need a friend? Yeah, I think so, and I think I can find a lot of people who'll back me up on that one. Am I a good person? I try.

All those depend on your perspective really. I suppose that around some people and in some situations, you're a nice guy. And I guess that around some people you're a good friend. I think that depending on your definition of 'good person' you're probably one of those too.
You aren't out murdering people or rampaging through the streets kicking dogs or anything... so I guess that might be considered "good person" territory.


Do I think I'm perfect? Quite the opposite. And I'd think you'd know that.

Ooooh I know, Dave.
I know.
My whole point here was that you use your low self esteem as a means of getting pity, which is as close as you can get to love or affection at the moment because you are so jam packed full of self loathing that you're pretty difficult to be around, let alone get all misty eyed over.


From what you're saying, I get the impression that you take a lot of what I say seriously at times when I'm anything but. I get that a lot.

Maybe there's a reason you get that a lot, Dave.
Maybe you should reevaluate the way you express yourself.

And ya know... I know that a lot of times you're joking. I can tell the difference. But sometimes you're "joking"... where you *pretend* that you're throwing out a joke, when in actuality, you're dead serious.
It's your way of taking a jab while still retaining all deniability. A lot of people do it.


I'll be honest. If you feel I snowed you into something or let you down in some way, that upsets me. I don't like doing things like that. Particularly to people I care about. I don't think I did, but maybe I'm wrong. Again, I'm far from perfect.

I think that I just thought you were a different person, Dave.
It's entirely *my* fault... I take all the blame on this one.



I suppose I should put some kind of concluding statement here, but I really can't think of anything more to say.

I would really have preferred it if you'd have just shut the hell up when it was pretty fucking obvious that I was only going to be hostile or that I was in a really shit mood or... well... any of the times the past several months when I've become incredibly annoyed at you for seemingly no reason when you've replied in the journal.
But you didn't.

Why? I've no idea. You're supposedly intelligent, supposedly insightful, supposedly not a blind, self centered jackass who can't see past the end of his own greedy self interest... I'd have thought that ripping into you repeatedly for over a month would have made it clear that there's something about YOU that gets to me.

I'm not going to go into why in the journal because I do have at least a vague sense of decency. And ya know, I don't know if there's even a point in telling you because I don't think it would ever change a thing.


DON'T reply to this anymore. I'm really aggravated by all of this and I'm still being restrained and not just exploding. Please don't push it.

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