Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Worst Blu-ray cover ever: National Lampoon's Vacation.

There are plenty of terrible Blu-ray covers out there, but none of them can quite match the one for National Lampoon's Vacation.
The theatrical poster had a badass illustration by Boris Vallejo in the style of his own sword-and-sorcery book covers:
Then, the DVD cover used what I would have bet my life was the crappiest possible Chevy Chase photo on it:
Luckily I didn't make that bet, because the Blu-ray cover achieved the Herculean feat of using an even crappier Chevy Chase photo.  Feast your eyes on this:

Sunday, September 13, 2015

back to (modern) school blogging

It's been a while.

In the past two years, I've been away from this humble BlogSpot(TM) blog, experimenting with a move towards a WordPress(TM) platform.  But I just couldn't get the hang of it.  I had used WordPress for more disciplined writing on other sites (but that just made personal blogging feel more like a chore than self-expression), but I could never figure out how to set up the plugins that gave it all the bells and whistles on my own.  And worst of all, my readership was not just the intermittent trickle it is here (hello, all 4 followers I've retained over the years!) but nonexistent.  For better or worse, my claim to Internet fame remains on this blog.

I began to need a change from my change of pace.  Something without the customizable fussiness of WordPress, something more like the "type in a box and press Publish" simplicity of the interface that got me posting online in the first place.

Something that plenty of the bloggers I enjoy reading still use for personal musings and community to this day.

So here I am... again.

To kick things off, I'm trying again at modern school week!  Last year's attempt in WordPress exile fizzled, but with the upcoming 43rd annual reunion of the Friends of the Modern School coming up this Saturday, I want to see if I can post something Modern School-related every day this week!  (No I haven't attended all 43... more like the last 10, give or take.)  My blog post about the 2006 reunion is the most comprehensive overview I've written of this unique educational experiment so far, but that should change... this week!

Update: aaaand the very first promise I make when returning to blogging, I fail to keep.  That's why I try to avoid making promises about personal blogging...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

National Lampoon's European Socialist Vacation

When C4SS Media made this video, they obviously forgot to include this background image:

Friday, December 20, 2013

A candle in the cold and the dark: 17 years without Carl Sagan

Sorry to not have a more substantial post, but I thought I'd check in with the blogosphere on the 17th anniversary of Carl Sagan's passing.  It's been a long seven years since the 10th anniversary blogathon (yet Sagan would have only just turned 79!), and the Internet is a very different place, but I am thinking about how to revive something like the blogathon on an ongoing basis.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

go see Suspiria at the Museum of the Moving Image

Must-see film screening of the YEAR: Dario Argento's horror classic Suspiria at the Museum of the Moving Image tomorrow.

Yes, it gets shown all the time at revival theaters.  But there is no movie that more demands to be experienced in the very best possible visual and sound quality, deservedly celebrated for both its gorgeous cinematography and stunning soundtrack.  I've even been to a screening where the theater had the truly unenviable dilemma of putting the film either on a screen with sound-system problems, or one with better sound but markedly worse visual quality.  And this is almost the Platonic ideal of a presentation: in the Museum's gigantic main theater with the most impeccable revival screening environment in New York, in not only a 35mm print in an era when that is becoming increasingly rare, but an "imported 35mm print of uncut UK version"!