brothercyst: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011


A pretty amazing film, if you can find it.

Trailer reminds of this terrific NSFW music video, which I linked a month or two ago:

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011



Last night I saw Carancho, which I really enjoyed.  A little longer than it had to be, but generally excellent.  And two great, great moments.

Friday, February 18, 2011


I'm watching The Dead Zone and staying in tonight. I think I'm going to stay up all night. It's so cold outside! What? I went outside about an hour ago and I seemed to be in some horrible cold tropical place, which is all wrong. Feel like I'm losing my mind.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Looks like Oldboy 2 but not as innovative. I can't help being interested.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I'm in San Francisco today. Here to get a cheesesteak, and see Drunk Horse.

Blake posted this on HTMLGIANT, I love it so much I'm reposting it here (exegesis here):

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


I was driving back from a meeting this afternoon.  I stopped at a stoplight.  To my left was a bus and on the other side of it, more cars.  I heard a strange noise out the open window, several yelping grunts, unmistakably male, like the sound of sharp pain or sexual release.  I looked out my window and didn't see anything out of the ordinary in the bus or the cars.  Maybe it was actually a car sound, someone's tires doing something odd?  Then someone yelled "Hey... hey you, man." I looked back out and the bus driver, a large man, was gesturing at me.  I said, "What?"  He goes, "Were you looking around, like somebody made a funny noise?"  I said, "Yeah."  He goes, "Well, pray for me.  Because that was me burping." And then the bus drove away.  What?


Oh cool.  The new issue of Tin House features both Peter Straub and John Crowley, and Crowley's article (which I haven't yet read, and which is about ghosts in literature) apparently mentions Midnight Picnic.

Yesterday I saw Ned Vizzini, my screenwriting partner, speak at UCLA.  It was cool, and I got free cookies.  I also watched an unclassifiable movie called Leave, which I loved.

Also, the new Gawker media site layout sucks.  What an excellent reason to stop wasting time reading Gawker, Jezebel, io9, and the like.

An old rat video I posted on YouTube is at 29,000 views, I just noticed.  Weird.

Monday, February 07, 2011


I've been waking up incredibly early lately.  Jolting awake at 4 am.  Then, after only a few hours of sleep, I feel incredibly calm and awake until around 3 in the afternoon when, if I'm at home, something in my brain shuts down and I have to take a nap.

Went to Manhattan Beach yesterday for a meeting with people who, like me, did not care about the game.  Then came home and wrote until midnight, then watched Spartacus: Gods of the Arena on the DVR.  I like it.

I really want to see Dogtooth while it's still in theaters.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Wanted and Salt

Angelina Jolie is so profoundly miscast as a person with arm strength.


Staying in tonight to write.  Eating kale and pasta. 


Re-read Feed this week for fun.  I really love that book.  Clockwork Orange, the YA version.


Review of Swamplandia! for The Daily Beast.


I saw these movies in the theater:

No Strings Attached: Funny, better than the average romantic comedy.  A former classmate at Yale wrote this movie (original title: Fuckbuddies).  The script was good, and actually most of the movie's flaws seemed to be the result of direction rather than script.  I liked Portman better in this than I liked her in Black Swan.  Kutcher inoffensive.

Seconds Apart: Part of the "After Dark" horror movie festival.  Beautiful shot, and pleasing performances by the two homicidal twins.  Antonio Negret directed.  Script was a little off the wall, but overall the movie was really pleasing.  

Fertile Ground: Also at the "After Dark" festival... shot by the same DP as Seconds Apart, Yaron Levy, and looks lovely for what I think is a very small budget.  Unexpectedly there were some genuine scares.  And the sequence in which a clogged toilet leads to the discovery of a child's buried skull was great.

The Task: Another "After Dark" movie... the less said, the better.

Now to go see The Roommate.