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Re: Letterboxd

I've been a "pro" for a couple of years now (which is like $1.50 a month or something), so I don't remember what I'm getting that the free accounts don't get. But one thing that I've found indispensable is the tie-in to JustWatch. So if I click on a director for example, I can easily filter his filmography to show all the movies that I can stream for free, based on the streaming services I have.

And I've found lots of good stuff while snooping around my friends' pages. I have no way to know if anyone ever visits my page, but every now and then someone I've never "met" will follow me, so I guess people are finding me occasionally.

And finally I'm a nerd when it comes to the stats, so I enjoy looking at all that stuff.
(My "most-watched actor" slot is shared by Moe Howard and Larry Fine, and they're about 80 films ahead of second place (Stan Laurel) so they're not likely to ever lose that crown.)

I've got a borderline OCD/collector's mentality when it comes to organizing stuff, so for me the site is very worthwhile. A more devil-may-care personality would no doubt find it less useful.
Oh, I'm on your page. And I peed in the corner.



...And in Pete Kelly's Blues he plays a jazz trumpeter.



minds his own damn business
Inappropes, Janson. This is a family friendly forum.
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I watched The Decline of Western Civilization recently (I'd seen excerpts before, but never the whole thing), which features a pre-Henry-Rollins Black Flag. Crazy how much he changed the band's energy, you can compare some of the songs played in the movie to the versions recorded for Damaged a year later or so, and the latter iterations sound so much more muscular.


The Fear performance at the end towers over everything else in that movie, though.

I've always been mixed on Rollins in general, but there's no doubt there was something particularly fearsome about his incarnation of the band. Black Flag had a bit more of a wirey energy before him, more desperate, more vulnerable, but there is something impressive about Rollin's beefy brand of immoveability up there on stage. He can stand above the roar of that band, and never flinch, and not many could manage that.



For such a freak of nature though, he is still a bit of an annoying dork.



Fear is also probably my favorite performance in the movie, even though X is generally my favourite of the whole bunch. Germs might be one of the more compelling acts, even though it's mostly because they are unbearably horrible. Having a band have to remind their lead singer to sing into the mic, is sort of impressive, if you're into degeneracy.



And then there is that dope Kickboy Face and his band Catholic Discipline. Ugh. Music critics need to stay off the stage, especially if they aspire to be some art damaged, French Jim Morrison. Double ugh.



minds his own damn business
Music critics need to stay off the stage, especially if they aspire to be some art damaged, French Jim Morrison. Double ugh.


Dave Marsh definitely belongs behind that painting in Death Bed though.

But Lenny Kaye was a critic. I think so was Patti Smith for a second. And Lester Bangs played a typewriter with the J. Geils Band. But Christgau? No groove, even on paper.



Dave Marsh definitely belongs behind that painting in Death Bed though.

But Lenny Kaye was a critic. I think so was Patti Smith for a second. And Lester Bangs played a typewriter with the J. Geils Band. But Christgau? No groove, even on paper.

Oh, I thought Kaye was a critic after the PSB. And while it doesn't take anything away from any of those albums, he's sort of a dork too. Had no idea Smith did that gig, even though it's not hard to imagine.



I also thought Bangs actually had his own band. Not a particularly successful one. Or maybe that was just one of his many liberties with the truth he took in his writing.



minds his own damn business
I also thought Bangs actually had his own band. Not a particularly successful one. Or maybe that was just one of his many liberties with the truth he took in his writing.
Oh yeah, it was awful. He was trying to do like a Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu thing, just bleating while high on cough syrup.


Speaking of Ubu, you may remember Bangs' obit for Peter Laughner where he mentioned that they collaborated on some songs. I don't think any of them have surfaced, and may not have been recorded.






RUN! THE FUTURE IS HERE, EVEN IF ITS LIPS ARE NO LONGER MOVING

Sometimes,
A cartoon
Can see our future.
Even if we look at it and say,
“Get lost, cartoon.
What do you know of real life”?
Or
“Anime?
Nah,
Not for me.
I can’t get past how their mouths move.”

Sometimes,
A cartoon
Even gives us ample time,
To prepare.
A clear warning,
Screeching
Like a bad case
Of dial-up internet.

So just listen

And stop worrying
About the mouths already,
You dummy!
Bad dubs
Can prophesize our doom
Too.

Listen
Even if by now it is probably
Already
Too late.

“Keep an eye out,
For that Identity of yours”
It says.

“It’s not who you think it is.

It is watching you,
More than you are watching
It"

And so when the future
Inevitably
Sends you a friend request.
Take it from Satoshi Kon,

Poke it back,

With a F***ing
Screwdriver.

And poke

And poke

And poke

And keep poking
Until even
Dario Argento
Says “Wow....
That was a bit much.”




Funny, I made the mistake of clicking on Rock's Letterboxd this morning and was immediately confronted with a naked lady. I WAS AT WORK, DUDE!
Yeah, that can be a prob; one user had Catherine Breillat's Romance in their favorite films list on their profile for a while, so every time I looked at their account, I was greeted with the sight of this poster (NSFW, obviously): https://letterboxd.com/film/romance-1999/



How are you guys finding Letterboxd btw? I first joined a couple of years ago, added a bunch of people who had been suggested to me by posters on another forum, quickly unfollowed most of them when it became clear most of them offered little beyond obnoxious hot takes and used it only for logging things for a couple of years.


It was only a few months ago when I started using it more actively, both to hammer out quick thoughts that I'm too lazy to copy over here usually and actually interact with others and build a watchlist. It helps that this time around I actually am following some decent users.


I've also gotten back in the groove of writing reviews on my blog, but a good chunk of them are for films not currently listed on Letterboxd. If I was less lazy, I'd start up a viewing thread, but I'm also wary of flooding this forum with reviews of hardcore porn. (They're real movies, I swear. )

I honestly don't quite get the point of it. I'm just mostly using it to keep all of my movie writing in one place. I have it in so many different files, in so many different computers, and on so many different disks and usb ports, that it's a convenient place to keep my more inane thoughts. I imagine I will start to really unload some garbage on there if I don't find something better to do with my time, soon.



As the saying goes, one man's garbage is another man's chocolate eclair.



As the saying goes, one man's garbage is another man's chocolate eclair.

I remember I used to think chocolate eclairs were disgusting.

When I was a kid, I thought they looked so good, and I would beg to get one, and then spit it out when it was in my mouth.

Yeah, I know.

Now there is a garbage opinion.

Also, probably some kind of metaphor for my life, considering I am now married to a chocolate eclair.



I remember I used to think chocolate eclairs were disgusting.


When I was a kid, I thought they looked so good, and I would beg to get one, and then spit it out when it was in my mouth.


Yeah, I know.


Now there is a garbage opinion.
You always preferred the marble rye, didn't you.



You always preferred the marble rye, didn't you.

I honestly didn't even really like desserts until the pandemic.

I do now.

I guess, better late than never.



I honestly didn't even really like desserts until the pandemic.

I do now.

I guess, better late than never.
I'm not a huge dessert person, but at my last job, I did develop a reputation as a lover of ice cream because one time at the bar, after a couple of drinks, I ordered what I thought would be a scoop of ice cream and they brought a giant bowl with like five scoops. EVERYBODY brought it up the next day.



Let me tell ya, bad idea to chase a bunch of beers and ciders with vanilla ice cream.


Also, always relevant:





I'm not a huge dessert person, but at my last job, I did develop a reputation as a lover of ice cream because one time at the bar, after a couple of drinks, I ordered what I thought would be a scoop of ice cream and they brought a giant bowl with like five scoops. EVERYBODY brought it up the next day.



Let me tell ya, bad idea to chase a bunch of beers and ciders with vanilla ice cream.


Also, always relevant:



Oh, ice cream doesn't count. Ice cream has counted for at least two of my daily meals since I was eight years old. It's not dessert when it is sustenance.



And, I know on RT I was pretty vocal about not thinking Eddie Murphy was a particularly great stand up comedian. I think he was probably the best cast member of SNL ever, and I think his talent has almost no bounds, but I think most of his standup material was sorely lacking (to give context though, I think the vast majority of stand up comics are awful, and at least half of those considered great are at best average)



But that ice cream bit. And that McDonald's hamburger bit (I also think that's in Delirious, but maybe it's Raw), make me laugh as hard as anything I've ever seen.


Can't watch it now though, because I'm knuckle deep in Winterbeast, and this is clearly a movie I need to be keeping a very straight face for.