Wednesday, April 18, 2012

7x7

Why is the first thing that pops into my head an image of Wayne and Garth protesting their worthiness? Wait, I know. More evidence of the rule of the adolescent window. I'll have to address this topic with a bit more depth later...

I've long been under the impression that no one actually reads my cinema blog, All things perfect and poisonous, and never gave it much thought. I started this blog simply as a way of keeping a record of the movies I see and if I find myself inspired, I'll sit down and write about them. Imagine my surprise upon reading that I'd been tagged for a 7x7 Award at by good friend and author of my  favorite movie blog, Krell Laboratories. I am beyond flattered and so to express my gratitude, I'm finally going to respond to this meme.

The rules:
  • Tell everyone something that no one else knows about

  • Link
    to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following
    categories: Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular
    Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece,
    Most Underrated Piece, and Most Pride-worthy Piece

  • Pass this award on to seven other bloggers
It isn't difficult to come up with things that no one knows about, because I don't much like talking about myself. But the elephant in the room, and the reason I've been spending so much time tweaking my cinema blog as of late, is that I'm not working. I'm on extended FMLA leave after being quite ill for almost a year now. I'm currently taking a much needed break and am re-assessing my career. Actually, it has been a poor fit for quite sometime so it is time to figure out what other work opportunities there might be out there. Honestly, I'm quite enjoying sleeping in and spending too much of my day reading news and all of the cinema blogs that I haven't had time to look at for months. Too bad you can't make a living by sleeping and reading.

Most Beautiful Piece: I'm going with the one with the most pictures. Actually, I was feeling at a loss for words that day, so I just put my 2010 top 10 list using stills.

Most Helpful Piece:
I'll go with my write up about my experience of watching Joe Dante's The Movie Orgy, just because there isn't much written about it. So I'm going to claim it could be helpful.

Most Popular Piece: I don't get it, but the post with the most page views, by far, is probably the first one I made at this site on Borat. This was when I was just playing with the idea of trying to write a few sentences on each movie I see just to try to remember them all. I see a lot of movies and sometimes, I completely forget about them. I'm actually a bit horrified that people are finding that page, I just hope they aren't reading it.

Most Controversial Piece: I have no evidence of any controversy caused by anything I've written here. If I hadn't recently looked at the stats on this site, I still would believe that only 2 people ever read these and I'll immediately hear from one of them, if I've ruffled any feathers. But I am well aware of just how unpopular Gregg Araki is and I used to detest his cinema, but I've changed and I get his body of work now. Actually, I am crazy about his movies and just how wonderfully transgressive and sex-centric they are.

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
: Actually, this could also be the Gregg Araki one as they both have the same number of page views. I was actually floored that both my piece on re-visiting Greenaway's The Pillow Book and my apology for loving so many of Araki's films each have around 350 page views. My only explanation is that neither auteur has a ton written about them on the interwebs. At least, when I've gone looking for essays on either the Pillow Book or any of the filmmakers that were part of the "new gay cinema" of the early 90s, I find very little. At least, that's the only explanation I've come up with.

Most Underrated Piece: I really like Friend's with Benefits and can even read this one without cringing. I can't say that about many of these movie essays.

Most Pride-worthy Piece: This one is easy. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love a great action flick, but I have struggled with trying to understand why it was that American action movies are downright boring and just don't have the thrill of the great movies that have hailed from Hong Kong. Well, one day I identified exactly what I was responding to in those fantastic eastern flicks that is lacking in modern, American cinema and managed to write it all down before forgetting.

And I am not going to tag anyone. Mostly, because I haven't been taking part in my friend's blogs as of late, but now that I have so much free time, I'll be reading and commenting a lot more. 





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