Tuesday, October 02, 2007

News and Noteworthy

Sounds like my all time favorite band,Radiohead, are trying something experimental. We'll see how this works out.

Secondly, news has been trickling out since yesterday morning about more local corruption in Dallas. Sixteen people now have been indicted, a mixture of current and former City Hall employees, construction companies and land developers. Details are complex, but it involves bribery, real estate fraud and illegal kickbacks. This comes just 12 months after a pretty widespread investigation of numerous Dallas police officers and officials who were found to be tampering with evidence and accepting pay-offs. Sounds like New Jersey huh? Maybe Sidney Lumet could make one helluva film here.

Lastly, Ed Hardy over at Shoot the Projectionist is hosting an October list-a-thon in which he's inviting everyone to submit their list of their 31 favorite scary movies. From that, we've had much discourse from Neil at his Bleeding Tree blog as well as Piper at his place concerning what definitions of horror really 'give them the willies'. I don't know if I can go into that much theorizing about matters, but I certainly appreciate mood and atmosphere over blood, gore and jumps. Which is probably why films like "Don't Look Now", "The Others", Kiyoshi Kurosawa's original "Pulse", "The Shining" and "Rosemary's Baby" will win out anyday over more touted horror fare. The best horror movies get inside your head and roll around for days, causing you to see things out of the corner of your eye or have nightmares a week later. That's what atmosphere and mood do for me, and that's my kinda willies.

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