By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully February 13, 2006 at 5:21AM
Sorry for the silence. I've been working my ass off. Almost fifty hours last week. Painting, painting, painting. I think I finally had a breakthrough yesterday and figured out what I'm doing. Before that, I was seriously worried. I almost broke down and started crying at one point. I hate being bad at things, and I am NOT a born painter. Either way, I owe the world to my brother-in-law, who should have fired me before he hired me. But I'm gonna make him proud, I promise I will.
Here are the photos I took while in Rotterdam. Josh (www.sixfive.net) made a really great quicktime chapbook of his photos, which will hopefully be posted at www.cocaineangelmovie.com within the next few days. For now, soak in this loveliness:
Here's the first pre-SXSW interview that Damian and I did for the lovely folks at www.efilmcritic.com (and www.hollywoodbitchslap.com). I must say that these questions were quite a treat. Hopefully I don't sound like a total idiot:
I finally watched TROPICAL MALADY today. Wow. This thing makes THE NEW WORLD look like Walt Disney's POCAHONTAS. Talk about inventing a new cinematic language. Apichatpong Weerasethakul is in another stratosphere. And while I can't explain what the film is about in any literal sense, I still feel like it might be the most haunting representation of "falling in love" that I have ever seen. Much in the same way that ERASERHEAD is a deeply personal and intimate glimpse into parental paranoia--in the guise of a supremely twisted nightmare of a movie--I think TROPICAL MALADY is actually a striking metaphor for the terrifying emotions sparked by true love. The hunter, the hunted, the fear, the darkness... all of it. I can't wait to watch it again.
I apologize for not posting my Rotterdam reviews, but unfortunately my current job involves actual WORK, so I've been unable to find the time between work and sleep to knock them out. If I had a cubicle job whose main task was to distract myself from the task at hand, I would certainly have had them written by now. But those days are over. No more cubicles EVER, damn it. I mean that.
Just got back from trying to convert the digi-beta of the film to HD, which seemed to go swimmingly well until we realized that it's a tad out of synch. Whoops. Hopefully that won't be a big thing to fix. Unfortunately, we have to wait until someone who knows what they're doing can help us out. Sound issues aside, the film looks as good as it can possibly look. Thank God For M. Shawn Lewallen, who somehow made our tiny experiment look and feel like an actual movie.
Okay, time for bed so I can wake up and paint, paint, paint the day away...