The Silver Champion

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lil Wayne

"We don't approach things like we're good. We just approach things like we gonna work, and we gonna work hard."

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Blog A'Soon

That should be said like the Owl in the Tootsie Pop commercial talks-- "ha-one, ha-two. . . a'soon!"

So, I am officially a one man band. This is a big deal. (This means, and keep it down, that I am no longer a director. My consummate indecision now leaves me struggling between playwright and musician. But, still, it has been a big decision to cut it down to two.) And my official name is The Silver Champion, thus making the as-yet-unknown subject of this blog a newly-known-but-unexpected one. Band page! Whether this means a clearing out of earlier content we will see.

I have to go drop off a camera to the DP of my film, which, I'm thinking, I no longer will direct (again, DL friends, DL), but expect fantasy uploads and sex-filled tales of rock star life. Here's a preview:

I spent 14 hours sweating in my unairconditioned house in front of my computer, endlessly listening to the new tune "Watch This! Bitter Heart". It's actually good. I'm surprised as you.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Gossip Girl Literary Project.... begins

There are several reasons that Gossip Girl stands apart from other tv teen drama. First, the high-drama storylines that seem torn from a Henry James novel: secret-orphan love-children, selling oneself into prostitution, opium dens, accidental murder. All the things you've come to expect from gothic tales of the 19th century aristocracy but transmographied onto present-day teenagers. Second, the non-chalant use of sex and drugs by Juniors/Seniors in highschool, and, like, not just normal drugs, either, but crazy-ass drugs-- like Chuck relaxing in aforementioned opium den (presumably in China?) getting served junk through a pipe by a comfort woman; all parties in appropriate robes and dresses decked out with dragons, of course. I have counted a minimum of two anti-drug ads every episode to balance it out.

But thirdly, Gossip Girl regularly makes literary/high culture allusions, and for this, I think it is a fine education for our youngsters. Sure, it's sexed up and full of drugs-- but they mention Bukowski! And that's not even the best of it.

So, I'm beginning a catalogue of all the artistic references made on Gossip Girl. We'll see how much of that I can actually pull off.

Let’s begin with the all-time greatest comes from the Christmas episode this year, when Vanessa casually mentions she is planning to hole-up with Satan Tango.

Satan Tango, of course, is the 17 hour definitive work of auteur Czech director Bela Tarr, know for extensively long shots (like 7 minute-long shots) of emaciated figures walking through Eastern European war zones.

Dan responds, knowingly, "Well, maybe you can watch your 17 hr Bela Tarr film later, lets have thanksgiving at my house."

Right, cause people casually allude to Bela Tarr. All the time.

More to come. It's on right now.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Still don't know what this blog is about

So let's enjoy pretty pictures! From artist Riitta Ikonen:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Pop's bubble was meant to be popped

This song holds so much of what I'm about today. It is so o o , close to everything you've heard, but is in egregious error on a few fronts: the tenor of whatever the singing version of sarcasm is, the sick accordion pumping flatly in the back. There is an overconfession in the sound, like a drunk confessing too much at a party, the type of sounds that rivers cuomo would later disown in Entertainment Magazine. These push the song over the limits of fashion. these are the faults that make it beautiful.

Beat the Devil is unfortunately broken, and I only came across them just last week.

Beat the Devil-- Shine in Exile

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Is Target Glamourizing Squatting in Your Neighbor's Backyard?

So I've been watching this Target commercial for awhile now. It immediately struck me as a sign of our times-- the advertising answer to us all having to tighten our belts. Oh, look, your aerobicize ball is the new gym, what fun it is to shave your kids hair on the porch, its the new haircut trend! But then last night when it came on during House, I thought, wait a second: a tent is the new family room? where did the old family room go? Is it being remodeled? Why is there an inviting house in the background? Which grandparent's house is this family squatting in?