brothercyst: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011


Why is it that I woke up very early this morning feeling rejuvenated after only a few hours of sleep, but frequently after eight or nine hours of sleep I'll wake up exhausted? Does it depend on what part of the sleep cycle I wake up during?

Saturday, January 29, 2011


This is not just a youtube-posting blog, but... look at this...

I love that they defeat them by clicking "select all." That's the same way I solved the permissioning problems on my laptop.

Thanks to the friend who just sent the clip to me...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Absurdly long weekend.  Taking care of a friend's cat while he's away.  Had a lot to do.  Found out somebody hacked into my email for a while and was reading it; no more.  Wrote a lot.  My bed is covered with unread books, including some I'm supposed to review, that I dread cracking open.  I saw Cyrus, which I loved, despite my Jonah Hill allergy.

My dad's ensemble had a concert at the National Gallery last night; here's the Washington Post review.  Oh and here's another one.  I really wish I'd been in Washington, D.C. to see it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Things I didn't know about Guillermo del Toro before last night:
  • When he was a small child in Mexico, his father won the lottery and the family suddenly became incredibly rich.
  • He was completely unsupervised as a child, given a small menagerie -- snakes, an eagle, a lion cub.
  • He says "fuck" a lot.
  • He is an extremely smart man with an nimble, versatile mind.
I saw him at this event.  Here's the complete video of his talk, which is worth watching and as good as any TED talk.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


So Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) has made a film... shot entirely on the iPhone?

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Short film based on a story by Chelsea Martin.  A couple of moments when I laughed out loud.  Good acting by the cat.  Slightly NSFW.



In other movie news, The Dilemma, that movie with the loathsome trailer I've seen five million times because it played in front of every movie for the last five months, the trailer which enraged me the first time I saw it, has bombed.  Let me count the things that make me hate The Dilemma trailer:
  • Opens with a gay joke.
  • Features two movie stars grown grotesquely fat.  Vince Vaughn and Kevin James couldn't even go to the gym to shape up for this movie they both got paid millions of dollars for?  They're enormous, doughy, like cartoons of themselves.  They've made themselves into symbols of excess, indulgence, sloth.  What makes it worse is...
  • They're paired with Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly, who look like deer.  They would never have been allowed to appear in a major, mainstream motion picture if they'd turned into the slobs that Vaughn and James have.  The Dilemma is a visual indictment of our radically unbalanced beauty standards for men and women.
  • The whole premise is insane, divorced from reality.  Guy finds out his best friend's wife is cheating.  Should he tell him or not?  That's "the dilemma."  OF COURSE HE SHOULD FUCKING TELL HIM.  Unbelievable.
  • Ends with a piss joke.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


FYI, writers, New Haven Review now pays $500 for short stories.  So if you have even the most tangential connection to New Haven, submit.  Nobody's ever been published there twice, which isn't so good for me since I had a story in their third issue, when the pay was $0.  Also, they're now publishing books -- I'm gonna get some galleys soon and am excited to read.

I've been having trouble migrating some files from one computer to another.  Annoying.

Reading Swamplandia soon.

There were some entertaining letters about "The Lacerations" ("sick, man, sick"), which is nice, b/c people read it.

Saw David Levithan read from The Lover's Dictionary -- very clever, entertaining.

Tonight I'm watching Lights OutExcited.  EDIT: Just watched Lights Out.  Best pilot I've seen in years, I think.  Intrigued to see more.

Monday, January 10, 2011


I saw Blue Valentine today.  Kind of loved it, despite not really expecting to.  I liked how it was shot, and I liked the performances, even though I normally find Ryan Gosling annoying and overly actorly.  Michelle Williams is astoundingly good.  Blue Valentine is like the other side of 500 Days of Summer, a good-times-and-bad-times chronicle of a romance from dizzy inception to miserable disintegration, except instead of being a saga of two horrible twee shitbags, it's about a pair of sad humans who hope and strive and struggle and behave sometimes immaturely and sometimes admirably and grow thicker and sadder and saggier as they get older, and it's occasionally heartbreaking, and a little overlong but certainly one of my favorite movies of 2010.

Friday, January 07, 2011


I like this noise:

Monday, January 03, 2011


Popcorn Fiction is a site created by screenwriter Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma) to showcase noir fiction by screenwriters.  Among them: Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Green Zone), Rian Johnson (Brick), Scott Frank (Minority Report, Out of Sight).  Also, as of today, me (            ).  I have a short story called "The Lacerations" which went up this morning as their first piece of 2011.  Thrilled to be in such company. 

Popcorn Fiction is partnered with Mulholland Books, a wing of Little, Brown that publishes suspense fiction.  Awesome.


Last night I watched Pontypool.  Actually, I fell asleep before I finished (it was 7 am) and I'm about to finish before I go see The King's SpeechPontypool, so far, is an awesome horror movie.  I also watched The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, which I had never seen before and which was really an archetypal Suburban Bliss Disturbed horror movie on the level of The Stepfather.  Even had many of the same beats.  I loved it.


ETA: Also, check this out -- a 10 best movies of the year list that includes Undocumented, my friend Chris Peckover's unforgettable horror film.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


Just watched Chloe, which came out earlier this year.  Ridiculous/delicious/awesome psychosexual thriller.  Sex scene between Amanda Seyfried & Julianne Moore considerably more explicit than Black Swan scene between the two leads.  Good twist.  Lame death at the very end (another thing it had in common with Black Swan).  Also watched something called Shuttle, which was terrible.  By far the best movie I've seen over the holidays was Calvaire, with True Grit running somewhere behind it.

I'm fascinated by the idea that feature films can now be made using DSLR cameras.  A Canon 5D Mark II costs only $2,500.  That Jamie Stuart short film "Idiot With A Tripod" was shot on something similar (but cheaper) and looks gorgeous.  Here's a 5D Mark II image quality sample.