Movie List:  33 Films that are Just Fucking Fantastic (Part 1)

Movie List: 33 Films that are Just Fucking Fantastic (Part 1)

April 11, 2018Movies & TV

Orig­i­nal­ly this post was sup­posed to be about my top ten all time favorite movies… then it became top 25 favorites, then at 30 I real­ized I wasn’t going to be able to rank and list my absolute favorite movies defin­i­tive­ly (we’d be here for a ridicu­lous­ly long time), thus I arrived at a list of thir­ty-three (because thir­ty just didn’t seem right, 31 didn’t look right, and 32 is an even num­ber… yes, I am weird, I know) films that I absolute­ly love. This list is not exclu­sive, nor is it in any par­tic­u­lar order.

Deer Dance

Deer Dance

April 11, 2018Time & Space

Today I hit a deer. This is the sec­ond one this year, exact­ly 100 days after the first one. It was on the first of the year. So, to reit­er­ate, Jan­u­ary 1st of 2018 I hit a deer and then, 100 days lat­er, I hit anoth­er one. That’s fuck­ing crazy, right?

Aquarium

Aquarium

April 6, 2018Photography

On my 31st birth­day my hus­band and daugh­ter took me to the aquar­i­um and I took some pic­tures. I love the idea of under­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy, the exe­cu­tion of it how­ev­er can be some­what exac­er­bat­ing… espe­cial­ly when you’re con­tend­ing with crowds, tanks, dirty glass and you know… your chil­dren. But hey, look at the fishies!

The Constant Shuffle

The Constant Shuffle

March 23, 2018Writing

In this con­stant shuf­fle, chaos is immi­nent. The silence is pre­cious and pet­ri­fied, peace becomes noise and pan­ic that nev­er set­tles. In this per­pet­u­al derange­ment the kinet­ic con­fu­sion is pun­ish­ing, it assaults my sense of cen­ter and grates at my ears, nerves and con­scious. I can’t think, my brain is in this eye­less storm, churn­ing around itself as it wash­es over the shores of my iso­lat­ed stretch­es of san­i­ty.

Weird Stains and Sentiment

Weird Stains and Sentiment

March 13, 2018Family & Kids

Senti­men­tal­i­ty is cer­tain­ly a strange and inva­sive beast. It attacks your func­tion­al­i­ty, you don’t even see com­ing for you until you’re caught up in the woes of some­thing ran­dom and total­ly unex­pect­ed. I’m not an over­ly sen­ti­men­tal per­son – I have enough trou­ble keep­ing my house suf­fi­cient­ly declut­tered to hang onto large chunks of the past that take up space in my home and my heart. I have trou­ble with sen­ti­ment – it comes from places that are very warm and very hap­py, but for some rea­son, they hurt like hell.

The Silver Dog

The Silver Dog

March 12, 2018Photography

What the hell was I doing at the bar inside of a VFW in Racine, Wis­con­sin? That’s a very good ques­tion. This pho­to, while not a mod­el, is prob­a­bly one of my favorites from this shoot. It might even be one of my favorites from the year. It’s def­i­nite­ly one of my favorite pho­tos that I have ever tak­en that doesn’t have a per­son in it. This sil­ver dog sits on the bar of the Racine VFW.

And then there was this…

And then there was this…

March 11, 2018Music

No, it’s not quite on par with the orig­i­nal but it was inspired by the Koln Con­cert and it takes me back to a place that was both inspir­ing, ter­ri­fy­ing and dan­ger­ous all at once. Those were the days, oh yes.

The Köln Concert

The Köln Concert

March 11, 2018Music

As I may or may not have men­tioned, I am a piano play­er. I went to Berklee in Boston, I got real­ly scar­i­ly into the jazz thing, and a shifty sketchy time was had by all. But in the process of shifti­ly sketch­ing my way through a weird cat­a­log of music that was start­ing to have an intense and some­what sin­is­ter effect on my life, I was for­tu­nate enough to stum­ble upon a few things that I def­i­nite­ly need­ed to hear…

Reading at the Movies

March 2, 2018Movies & TV

I recent­ly went on a sim­i­lar tirade about the impor­tance of accu­rate cap­tion­ing and how it’s half of the movie expe­ri­ence for peo­ple who depend on them so more care and artistry should be put into them…

Caribou

Caribou

March 1, 2018Movies & TV

The tide gets too high. They do this every Spring. They cross the riv­er to get to the oth­er side, and one leads. The sec­ond one fol­lows the first one. The third one fol­lows that sec­ond one. Some­times there’s thou­sands of them. And if the first one los­es ground, then it’s over. The sec­ond one … Read More

Starlight

Starlight

February 28, 2018Music

Some­times mag­ic hap­pens, and even bet­ter, some­times you are record­ing when it does. Here is one of those moments, it even­tu­al­ly evolved into this whole elab­o­rate pro­duc­tion, but at one point it was just a skele­ton and oh, what a skele­ton it was. This is that skele­ton…

Becoming Tangible

Becoming Tangible

February 27, 2018Photography

The peo­ple who glad­ly cov­er them­selves in flour and roll around on your cold stu­dio floor for the ben­e­fit of your ridicu­lous vision are the best kind of peo­ple to have as mod­els and as friends.

Anne Hathaway Musings

Anne Hathaway Musings

February 7, 2018Movies & TV

Every time I see a movie with Anne Hath­away in it I can’t help but think to myself, “why didn’t they get a bet­ter actress?”

So, yeah… what are you doing?

So, yeah… what are you doing?

February 6, 2018Do what now?

What Am I doing? That is a fan­tas­tic ques­tion. The entire­ly vague and vague­ly per­son­al answer is that I’m final­ly writ­ing this damn thing. Appar­ent­ly I’ve been pathet­ic… and in the course of becom­ing pathet­ic, I’ve gone com­plete­ly insane. How the hell did I get here?

Drastic Changes

Drastic Changes

January 28, 2018Me

Change is nec­es­sary for pro­gres­sion — whether it be uni­ver­sal or per­son­al. Often times, the sim­plest changes can make the biggest impact — got­ta lose the dead weight if you want to evolve.