October 13th, 2009
|10:15 pm - Assassination of Jesse James (Or, Casey Affleck is a Mad Genius and Sam Rockwell is Packing Heat)|
He was ashamed of his boasting, his pretentions of courage and ruthnessness. He was sorry about his cold-bloodedness, his dispassion, his inability to express what he now believed was the case: that he truly regretted killing Jesse...
I'm so glad I snatched this one up for $9. I still adore it. I didn't think it possible, but I love Casey Affleck's performance EVEN MORE the second time around. I hate and love his Bob Ford. He starts out so obesqueous and creepy that I want to crawl onscreen and smack his stalker bitch-ass but slowly he pulls me into the anxiety he feels at the prospect of killing his idol, and ultimately I sympathize with him in the aftermath. There's something of a coming of age story in this, and my favorite scene is where he talks to Dorothy Evans with a sense of self-deprecating humor and melancholy:
"You know what I expected? Applause. I was only twenty years old then. I couldn't see how it would look to people. I was surprised by what happened.They didn't applaud."
And because it's the internet and at least semi-anonymous I can confess that Sam Rockwell cannot fail to be hot. Brad Pitt is only third hot here. Casey with his smoldering emo-eyes and baby face is number two. Sam is number one, and that's bearing this description of Charley Ford in mind: "he's ugly as sin and he smells like a skunk and he's so ignorant he couldn't drive nails in the snow". Please don't ask me to explain myself on this one. Just accept that beneath the outer surface there's a raging Sex God in Sam Rockwell.
Dear Hollywood: Less Pitt, More Rockwell!
Current Mood: cheerful
March 26th, 2009
|09:41 pm - Cactus|
Today I bought a cactus with a green stalk and pink bulbous top. I had a few of these as a kid and used to really like them, so, nostalgia purchase. Of course the former ones eventually died because I didn't water them enough (which really says how badly I neglected them -- I mean, how hard is it to kill a cactus?): hopefully this one will fair better. I think it needs a larger pot. Will have to keep an eye out for one.
My research indicates that this is a gymnocalycium mihanovichii "Hibotan" cactus. It's actually two different cacti grafted together. The upper pink part is the gymnocalycium mihanovichii -- but it is a mutant version which lacks chlorophyll and requires a partner plant to sustain it, and is therefore grafted onto (what I believe is) a hylocereus. According to this site:
Hylocereus are fairly cold sensitive, and somewhat short lived. If possible, it is a good idea to re-graft it onto something tougher, like a trichocereus.
So maybe it wasn't my poor watering skills that killed my old hibotans.
March 21st, 2009
|10:23 pm - W Somerset, Gauguin and Bonnard|
A few months ago I was in a library book sale and snagged a copy of The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham. It's based on Gauguin, and follows a London stockbroker called Strickland who one day decides to ditch his family and become a starving artist, eventually dying of leprosy in Tahiti. I enjoyed the book although I think it was a bit phoned-in and lacking in any real point of view.
Now I'm looking at Gauguin. In Moon and Sixpence a lot of attention is drawn to Strickland's powerful colors, and I can see that connection to Gauguin, but I'm sorry: Pierre Bonnard just OWNS his ass. Hard. Gauguin may have chosen some striking colors -- and props to him for that, but Bonnard USES colors in a way that makes them so much more than colors: they become cool shadows, searing glares, and thick glompy textures.
February 26th, 2009
|08:58 pm - Happy Belated Valentines Day from Spider-Man Heads|
I sold these to someone last week and burst out laughing when I saw the candies in the box:
They have peanut butter insides (spider-brains?)
Current Mood: giggly
February 10th, 2009
|09:52 pm - New York Comic Con|
Because I couldn't get around to it sooner...
( My Adventures Sunday at NYCCCollapse )
February 2nd, 2009
January 14th, 2009
|12:47 am - The Greatest Comic Cover...EVER|
I'm not sure why, but I find the the cover to the first Volume of Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men to be absolutely friggin hysterical:
It must Reed Richard's slightly inebriated-looking posture and smarmy grin.
Current Mood: chipper
August 31st, 2008
July 16th, 2008
|12:30 am - Electric Violins are Cool|
I want a violin made by this guy. He makes some seriously pimped out viols:
Helpful Sites, as I am seriously saving up for an electric violin:
July 3rd, 2008
|10:01 am - Stinkhorns|
In 24 hours the pod has sprung a large stinkhorn, and another stinkhorn has appeared out of nowhere. Now I'm starting to get worried.
Current Mood: surprised