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A Life of Noisy Desperation
End of August round-up 
2nd-Sep-2009 02:19 pm
Steeplechase
I’m planning to see the (in)famous Peeping Tom (1960) at Film Forum tonight, so I want to clear the decks...
  • Hartnell finally had a heroic moment in Brighton Rock, when he punched Richard Attenborough to stop him from killing his wife (who he only wooed and wed to prevent her from testifying against him) in a fake suicide pact. Mind you, up until then he was an extortionist in a loud checked suit. Also, I was highly amused by the fact that the teenaged damsel was named Rose and spent much of the film trying to dodge the advice and aid of a blowsy middle-aged blonde with a more than passing resemblance to Jackie Tyler...

  • I swung by the Barneys Warehouse Sale over the weekend, but no joy. Whither the bargains of yesteryear?

  • Important safety tip: DO NOT go to Bed Bath & Beyond if you see a bus full of NYU freshmnn and their parents parked out front.

  • My brother will be staying with me next week, so I’ve been excavating the living room. I’m hoping to have the space for his inflatable mattress cleared and vacuumed by the time he arrives, unlike last year.

  • I’d like to welcome the newest inductee to the Internet Hall of FAIL, would-be pollster ogi_ogas.

  • From the Dreamland Gala on August 22nd:



    I don’t think the Tsirkus portrait is a very flattering shot of me (do I really have that much jaw?), but I like it as an image — the chiaroscuro, the blue tint.

    Then there’s this:



    Taken by Gabi Porter for Metromix. Framing could be better, and I wish Guy Who’s Not Even Trying wasn’t in the background, but I’m tickled that the green highlights/shadows match my ring and the garnish in my drink.
Comments 
2nd-Sep-2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Gah, Peeping Tom. *shudders*
3rd-Sep-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I’d heard about it but never seen it before.

Lemme tell you, when the lights came up afterward the silence could be felt.
3rd-Sep-2009 02:41 am (UTC)
It was creepy enough seeing it on telly at home, I can't imagine watching it in a theater setting.
3rd-Sep-2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Good lord, on what channel?
3rd-Sep-2009 03:41 am (UTC)
So many years ago now I can't remember--it might have been on Bravo, waaaay back when they were still showing indie films.
3rd-Sep-2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I guess nowadays it might turn up on IFC or TCM.

Mark Lewis, the lead character, is now right up with Norman Bates and the Peter Lorre character in M on my list of Sick Bastards You Can’t Help Pitying.
3rd-Sep-2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh man, M! Still one of my favorite movies of all time. Made even better after I found out that the actor who played the underworld boss was the model for the lead character in Mephisto.
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