Matthew Conroy's blog

Fassbinder

Wed, 2007-09-05 23:16

In my continuing project to see a film by every director on this list, I watched Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul tonight. It was fantastic. Amazing cinematography of simple settings, great acting, very human story. I loved it.

I also watched Hsiao-Hsien Hou's Cafe Lumiere, which was terribly empty. It had some nice city shots, but nothing else to recommend it.

I saw Kiarostami's A Taste of Cherry. A very simple film, good acting, but I wish it was just a little less minimal, and a touch of humor (even the slightest touch) would have helped.

I watched Max Ophul's Lola Montes, too. Just terrible, though I thought at first that the circus scenes were really going to make the movie work for me.

So, I've got 10 directors left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

The end of Beethoven

Tue, 2007-09-04 23:29

I always enjoy the last minute or so of Beethoven symphonies, so I made this piece: it's the last minute of Beethoven's 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th symphonies, all played at the same time, ending simultaneously. I recommend headphones, or a subwoofer.

Beethoven Ends 1




More sounds here!

Rome, Open City

Sat, 2007-09-01 00:09

I watched Rome, Open City by director Roberto Rossellini tonight. I thought it was very powerful, and sad, another reminder of mankind's cruelty: hooray!

I watched it as part of a little project I've set for myself to see at least one movie by all 100 top directors at the
They Shoot Picture's Don't They? site. When I started this project, I had 25 director's films to see; with Rossellini out of the way, I've got 14 left:

  • Tarkovsky
  • Ophuls
  • Visconti
  • Cassavetes
  • Kiarostami
  • Fassbinder
  • Pasolini
  • von Stroheim
  • Mankiewicz
  • Marker
  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou
  • Dovzhenko
  • Flaherty
  • Rocha

I've been putting holds on DVDs at the library - it's been very effective, and a nice way to spend part of my summer.

it begins

Thu, 2007-08-30 16:43

So, I'm starting a blog.

The natural question is, "Why?"

Well, one excuse is to try out Drupal. It's an open source, content management system, and I am using it to run this blog. I want to learn a bit about Drupal, as I am, supposedly, going to be setting up the Freedom Socialist Party's new website using Drupal. Their site currently, www.socialism.com, is perhaps the oldest still functioning site on the web, and it is way overdue for a redesign. However, the redesign has been taking forever (over a year now, I think); I was expecting to spend this summer building the new site, but I haven't even started, so who knows when this will happen.

In the meantime, I'll learn a few things more about Drupal by messing around here. The appearance of the blog may change drastically as I mess with the style sheets and such, just for fun.

I see the primary feature of a blog, as opposed to just a website, is the ability to include comments, so please feel free to leave some. Note that previewing of comments is wonky at the moment, due to some color issues. Pay it no mind.

cheers,

Matt