Thursday, May 24, 2012

Short Night Of Glass Dolls

Like much "Giallo" films (usually strange Italian mysteries with gore sometimes sprinkled throughout), I didn't expect "Short Night Of Glass Dolls" to have anything do with its title. I was right, there are no "glass dolls" (at least from what I could tell) in this movie. Just like another visually arresting Giallo called "Lizard In A Woman's Skin", the title has very little to do with the actual story line of the movie. This so so movie was saved by its super disturbing orgy ending and medical classroom conclusion. The rest was just okay but I was still definitely curious as to what was possibly going on. Its told from the perspective of a man who's presumed to be dead, even though he's completely conscious of where he is, yet can't seem to move his body. He's straining to remember how he got to where he is, so the film is a series of flashbacks of him regaining his memory. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Felix The Cat

This is the 1950's animated TV version of the "Felix The Cat" cartoon. In this episode called "The Magic Bag", he carries around a Louis Vuitton style bag (Felix must've been pretty wealthy!) that helps him in whatever task he has. Felix needs assistance climbing a high tree, so a ladder is enclosed in the small bag so he can reach the top. A mad scientist type character sees this and tries the snatch the bag away from him. This show is ridiculously cute.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CNBC Originals: The Facebook Obsession

This is a poorly made documentary. 

Facebook is an all consuming monster. It devours all your free time and is incredibly addictive. It seems like everyone in the world uses it, but I know a couple of people who are not and I definitely envy them.

Social networking sites can be a black hole that sucks up all your time, energy and determination to get anything constructive completed. But, they can also help promote your band/project (*ahem!*) and you can catch up on funny or interesting things your friends are currently interested in that you might not talk too much about in person. That brings up yet another issue I have with Facebook is how it blurs the lines between your "friends" and your friends. You see, on my profile, I have 450 something friends. I'm not even sure how many of those people I actually know in person. Some of them I added (or they added me) because I thought they seemed like a neat person, or I liked their band, or what they stood for. I'm afraid to talk to people in person anyway (I'm shy!), so I probably wouldn't go up to them and say, "hey, I liked that You Tube video you posted the other day". The social networking concept is fairly young, maybe 10 to 15 years old, so I think we're all trying to grasp how it affects our "real lives". I think MySpace was much better anyway when Tom ran the site and it didn't totally crash your computer.