I was playing with WordPress this morning and thought I’d repost my longer blog entries on movies into a new site. (The category page was getting too unwieldy to load anyhow.)
So: three entries will be uploaded a day until the old posts run out, which will probably be a month. I won’t be editing any of them (regardless of how wrong they might sound to me now), just reposting them as I go.
It’s interesting to see that, in the 11 years or so I’ve been blogging, my writing has actually changed — for the better, I think. Whether it’s an improvement in style (debatable), an acquisition of both writing and cinematic vocabularies, or a genuine attempt in taking the stuff more seriously, it’s a reflection of an ongoing, immersive, giddy education in consuming movies. Or, perhaps more aptly, being consumed by them. I can’t think of any other art form that has given me as much pleasure.
It should be clear that this cinematic “education” is not formal at all; when it comes to movies I’m a total amateur — and yes, in the older sense of the word too. (And I should add that despite the mention of Tarkovsky and Kubrick — and that screen capture from Last Year in Marienbad, which will change from time to time — I’ll still be mostly writing about flicks you can find at your local multiplex.)
The name of the WordPress blog — Film, Eyeballs, Brain — partly comes from an essay in The New Yorker by Jonathan Lethem called “The Beards”. An excerpt from the piece is reproduced in a sidebar, and it should be self-explanatory. (However, I’ve actually taken it a bit out of context. It may be best not to reproduce the succeeding paragraphs as they’re probably a little too revealing — not of Lethem, but of myself. You can find it in anthologized in Lethem’s essay collection The Disappointment Artist, but he rewrote the passage I quote.)
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