This past weekend, Laura and I watched Spring Breakers and No.
Spring Breakers was described by one critic as “Scarface meets Brittany Spears”. Both Scarface and Brittany Spears have a better grasp on pacing, coherency, plot. It was like Spring Breakers was trying really hard to be like a Nicolas Winding Refn film, especially with some of the color saturation, but it wasn’t. (I know people hated God Only Forgives, but they are wrong – watch that movie instead). If you are under 18 and you need something to masturbate to, I recommend this film only for that purpose alone. Otherwise, don’t waste your Redbox dollars or Big Lots dollars on it.
No, on the other hand, was about a fictionalized account of the ad campaign organized to vote Pinchot out of power during the 1988 plebiscite of the Chilean citizenry. The film was shot in low definition in order to mesh in the actual footage of that time period and it worked really well. It does leave out certain truths but leaving out those truths doesn’t impact the film in a negative way. No is worth the trip to Redbox.
October 26, I am running a poetry slam for the first time in over two years (a Dead Poets slam to be exact).
A dead poets slam is a poetry slam format in which poets perform as their favorite dead poets. Unlike the traditional slam format, where three or five selected audience members score the performances, I’m using Portland Poetry Slam’s model: the entire audience gets to decide who wins each round. If this goes well (and I think it will), this could be the (re)start of something I have missed doing in awhile. The time away from running a slam has given me a lot of perspective and time to figure out what I did wrong and right and if I decide to make this a regular thing again, I’m going to have a lot more fun doing it. Here is the Facebook event page for it. Feel free to invite yourself and your friends.