3 Traps : Alan Moore

“The trap of reputation, for example. In this scenario, having garnered a considerable reputation or level of acclaim, one becomes paralyzed by the dreadful thought of losing it all by doing something… undignified. Uncool. This is a trap. Reputation is a trap that will turn you into a lifeless marble bust of yourself before you’re even dead. And then of courses there is reputation’s immortal big brother, Posterity, worrying about which has driven better women and men than you into the asylum. All these things… reputation, posterity, cool… should be tested to destruction by a course of deliberate sabotage. As the often-illuminating Escape and New Musical Express cartoonist Shaky Kane once remarked, “Don’t be cool. Like everything.” If you find yourself in danger of being taken seriously, then try to do something which undermines or sabotages that perception in some way. If your talent is of any genuine worth, it should be able to weather squalls of unpopularity and audience incomprehensio. The only thing that might seriously endanger either your talent or your relationship with your talent is if you suddenly found yourself fashionable.”
― Alan Moore


3 Rules for Watching Movies : Caspar Newbolt

Rule 1. (Kill Expectation)

Go into the film without having read or watched anything. Trailers are acceptable, as they are sometimes created by film directors themselves, though even that sometimes is questionable.

Rule 2. (Kill Projection)

Assess what the film is trying to say or achieve within the realm of what kind of movie it is trying to be. Do not project your own expectations. Let the film dictate the level of expectation, be that tonally, narratively or conceptually.

Then, assess how well you think the film reaches whatever goals it set out to achieve.

Rule 3. (Kill Hype)

Don’t talk about the film with anyone who has not seen it, except if you’re encouraging them to go see it. Only discuss the film with those that have seen it, and discuss it hard. That’s what it’s there for.

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Poetry Magazine : February : 2012


A. E. Stallings : Momentary (featuring the line “Zither of chromatic scale”)

Joanie Mackowski : Consciousness

Dean Young : Spring Reign (featuring the line “I’m glad//I’m not that broken tree although/ it looks sublime”)

Albert Goldbarth : Keat’s Phrase (featuring the word “kleptobibliomania”)

Carol Frost : What the Dove Sings

Philip Metres : Compline (featuring the line “We cannot sleep in the wake of God”)

Wendy Videlock is our modern day Dickinson : Flowers

Reprinted in this issue are some oldies:

Lisel Mueller : A Prayer for Rain (1964)

Robert Creeley : A Prayer

And great mirror pieces: Langston Hughes’ “God” vs Robert Frost’s “Not All There”

Oscar Predictions : (Not that the Oscars Mean Anything)

Last year of the 19 predictions I made I was right on 12, missing 7 (mostly due to overvaluing The King’s Speech). Remember, the Oscars only accidentally ever get the best movie of the year, most times it’s the dreck that gets the award. As one film critic ranks the factors for Oscar voters:

  • how much money the studio spent marketing the film
  • political trendiness
  • the popularity of the values it obviously endorses
  • audience accessibility
  • celebrity popularity
  • and absence of involvement by anyone currently inspiring Hollywood’s scowl of disapproval
  • Some consideration may also be given to the actual artistry on display in the film
We’ll see how well I can read the tea leaves this year. 

Full List of the 2012 Oscar Nominations Here

Best Original Song (in order of best to terrible)

“Man or Muppet”, The Muppets
“Real in Rio”, Rio

Sound Editing
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Sound Mixing
War Horse
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Visual Effects (in order of Most Stupid Fun)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Film Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Artist
The Descendants

Makeup (in order of Who Needed it the Most)
The Iron Lady
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Best Original Score 
War Horse
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Art Direction
War Horse
Midnight in Paris
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
Ides of March
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Animated Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Actor
Damien Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Supporting Actor (in order of Most Likely to Stink in a Shakespearean Play)
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warriors
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Viola Davis, The Help
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Melissa McCarthy, The Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Picture (in order of Most Drecky to Least Drecky)
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
War Horse
Midnight in Paris
The Descendants
The Artist
The Tree of Life

Best Director (in order of Most Likely to Win)
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Some Snark and Commentary:

Best Cinematography is the only horse I have in this race as being resigned that Tree of Life cannot win best movie. I can see War Horse making a run with its pretty horse and purple nobility but if Tree of Life does not win then the Oscars again again again prove they mean nothing again. I’m going with another personal fav by backing Rango in Best Animated film. Better than anything Pixar’s done since The Incredibles (though there’s a place in my heart for the first half of Wall-E). I’m bucking the favorite for Best Actress as another Streep win is essentially meaningless. She’s not that good, Amy Adams has outdone Streep twice with less to work with in Doubt and Julie and Julia. The next in line is Viola Davis, but part of me thinks Michelle Williams will surprise. Seems racist to pick Octavia Spencer as best supporting actress, but since Chastain wasn’t nominated for her role in Tree of Life she’s the easy pick. Best Picture seems to be between The Artist and Hugo, but I’m riding The Descendants pretty hard…Best Director should be Malick, but he doesn’t cater to the Hollywood crowd and he doesn’t make easy movies, so he’s out. Smart money is on Scorsleazy or Hazanavicius (who won the Director’s Guild Award), but I’m going add a darkhorse to that and say Woody can win it. If Woody shows up to the ceremony I’ll put twenty bucks on it.

My picks below:

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