Tuesday, February 02, 2010

As we gawk at the most bizarre Oscar picks in history, a lineup featuring a group of films about such varied subjects as Nazi scalping Jew mercenaries, alien apartheid, pregnant ghetto ladies and Wampanoag Smurf people, I point a laser diverting your eyes from the Gomorrah of Hollywood and to a place where good cinema is being cultured with an amount of money of umpteen minimality and the only resource being a powerful, actively creative mind. That's right, the final Evening with J.L. Carrozza is here at long last.

Sorry about the long wait. I just wanted to make it good you impatient scamps you. Even if you are late to this party and haven't seen the other ones, this is the one to see. It sets you up nicely on what to expect from myself in the coming year. There's some info, which is already pretty commonly assessable, on how I recut and remastered Little Red Riding Hood and Dream House, but the fun really begins with the talk about Conversations with T.F. Mou. There's a lot of footage from what I've got so far and a bit of a sneak preview of what the film will be like in terms of the ground covered in its simultaneous exploration of cinema, war and man's aggressions and depravities.

And of course, my adventures in Myrtle Beach are detailed and the plans for Alison in Wonderland are laid out on the table. And the teaser poster for Alison is unveiled.

These were generally quite fun to make and I'm pleased at most of the response, though I'm a little ticked that the third and fourth got downrated a little bit. I'm not sure if it was Dave Luce and his band of idiots, because I criticized Ryan a little bit (seems each video was downrated proportionately to the amount of Ryan Murphy bashing present) or just because I am not entirely kind to the whole YouTube phenomena. Perhaps I shouldn't post a video criticizing YouTube on YouTube and expect not to get burned a little from it.

On the record, I would happily go drinking with Ryan any day of the week, I just wouldn't work with him again because our ways of doing things are too diametrically opposed and I think he feels the same way. There's nothing wrong with making funny online videos to light up people's days that people can spread around at school and work and chuckle at like the stuff Neil and Ryan do, but it's not my specialty and the only things I hate about YouTube are the laziness its spawned, the sheep-like attitude of a lot of its users and the hate its discussions seem to breed. Those are not the inherent thing or even the online video movement, they're just nasty side effects, I think.

I'm gonna do a vigorous house cleaning, prepare to get back to work for T.F. Mou and do a website update soon enough. They'll be a standalone post about the Alison poster pretty soon.


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