Archive for June, 2008

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk

Posted in Read This on June 24, 2008 by dvcmann

Chuck Palahniuk’s new book Snuff might technically be the most sexually graphic novel written by anybody since Henry Miller. You would expect a novel about a porn star trying to set a gang bang record to be a little prurient; however, unlike Miller who injected raw, if often unrealistic, sexuality into his work as a way to keep his readers off balance and their senses tingling, Snuff is written from the almost clinical perspective of porn stars and sex junkies that have long ago lost all sense of eroticism.

One of the great things about Palahniuk is his insight and wonky perspective on everyday things. For example, he explains that some of the biggest technological advances made in recent history were actually driven by peoples’ desire for porn. The porn industry is a $15 billion dollar a year business, even larger than Major League Baseball. So what is America’s real favorite passtime? The answer seems pretty clear to Chuck. He explains that online purchasing technologies used on website’s like Amazon or Ebay were actually developed in a race to supply pornography on the internet. In fact, one of his many terms for perverts or porn addicts in the book is “early adopters” , a demographic that market researchers say drives industries from toy manufacturing to electronics and “decides what millions of children will get for Christmas each year.” The advanced guard in the army of consumerism. That’s hot.

As usual, Chuck impresses with his bizarre factoids that you never believe until you run over and google them. P even mentions the supeme court’s famous ruling on pornography and its burden of proving prurience, quoting Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who said “I don’t know what porn is, but I know it when I see it.” So do I, and this book isn’t porn. Its a fluffer. The act behind the scene that is no less graphic. This isn’t a ‘dirty book’ in the classic erotic sense, but it still manages to make you feel soiled.

Here’s a farcical little piece Charles has done as a part of the book’s viral marketing plan. I guess Chuck doesn’t get enough attention on his website’s forum.

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Posted in Cinema on June 19, 2008 by dvcmann

Some consider this classic western as Clint Eastwood’s directorial masterpiece. That’s a pretty tough argument to make considering a couple of his other movies like Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby both won Oscars.

The Outlaw Josey Wales started out as an obscure book that supposedly only amounted to 75 total published copies titled “The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Whales”. The original author sent a copy of the book to Easwood’s production company Malpaso Inc. as an unsolicited script. A couple of title changes came later for marketing reasons and the rest, as they say, is history.

The story takes place amidst the Kansas/Missouri militia violence that ravaged the region for years around the Civil War. It’s basically a toned down retelling of the James and Younger gang of Missouri Rebel lore, and it delivers some of Eastwood’s best lines, including “Dying aint much of a living, boy” and “you gonna pull those pistols or whistle dixie?” or some of the best advice you’ll get from a movie with “Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” That kind of stuff is exactly why we watch Clint Eastwood movies to begin with. Also notable is Eastwood’s casting of unknown Native American actors in lead roles – along with Sandra Locke.

8/10

Quid Pro Quo

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2008 by dvcmann

Give them a wallet

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2008 by dvcmann

How many people could honestly get away with carrying a billfold like this?

Exactly.

Only the most hardcore could pull it off. We’ll see.

In the movie Pulp Fiction there’s a scene with Tim Roth and Samuel Jackson where Jackson’s character, Jules, asks Roth’s character, Ringo, to retrieve his wallet from the large plastic garbage bag he’s using to rob the diner they’re in. When asked, “how do I know which one is yours?” Jules replies incredulously with, “It’s the one that says “bad mother fucker” on it.”