Nobody Loses All the Time

Mick reads another poem. This time, he brought to life "Nobody Loses All the Time" by ee cummings.

nobody loses all the time

i had an uncle named
Sol who was a born failure and
nearly everybody said he should have gone
into vaudeville perhaps because my Uncle Sol could
sing McCann He Was A Diver on Xmas Eve like Hell Itself which
may or may not account for the fact that my Uncle

Sol indulged in that possibly most inexcusable
of all to use a highfalootin phrase
luxuries that is or to
wit farming and be
it needlessly
added

my Uncle Sol’s farm
failed because the chickens
ate the vegetables so
my Uncle Sol had a
chicken farm till the
skunks ate the chickens when

my Uncle Sol
had a skunk farm but
the skunks caught cold and
died and so
my Uncle Sol imitated the
skunks in a subtle manner

or by drowning himself in the watertank
but somebody who’d given my Uncle Sol a Victor
Victrola and records while he lived presented to
him upon the auspicious occasion of his decease a
scruptious not to mention splendiferous funeral with
tall boys in black gloves and flowers and everything and
i remember we all cried like the Missouri
when my Uncle Sol’s coffin lurched because
somebody pressed a button
(and down went
my Uncle
Sol

and started a worm farm)

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GreenHaus

Keith, Mick, and Taylor are back at it again with more urban exploration. This time they visited an abandoned greenhouse and nursery in the backwoods of suburban Connecticut. Check out the pictures below! 

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Taylor

Rush Hour

Mick cut together another video. This one is a visualization of his poem "Rush Hour". Watch and read along below.

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5'o clock rolls around and we skitter
from our gray nests out into the world
for another few hours of freedom.
Our spirits soar like children released
for summer break, though
we shamble like zombies
through cavernous parking structures
to cars we can barely afford.
The line of vehicles idling
winds like a python
choking the flow of traffic
as exhausted workers go from
gas to break to gas again
inching down the road car by car,
the radio static and top forty dreck
occasionally punctuated by
the blast of a horn.
Heavy eyelids droop at red lights
only to snap open again
as if spring loaded.
We are a plague upon the highway,
a cloud of sluggish locust
belching exhaust as we
stop and go and stop
our way home.
The list of things to do hangs
like ticker tape before our eyes,
populating with the ever-accumulating
trivialities that make up life
only to vanish into vapor
when it comes time to act.
Then there are those brief moments
of horror and genuine introspection
where you take stock and find
that just a little bit more of yourself
has been worn away,
that your soul is being strip-mined
for bottom dollar
and by the time you understand
what it is that's happening to you
you're in your driveway and
there's so much to do before
you go to sleep and start it
all over again tomorrow. 
 

Make Good Art - Daniel Harding

While we share many short films here on ALSO THAT, we rarely get a chance to speak with the people behind this camera. Luckily, this month we managed to have a few words with Daniel Harding of 23 1/2 Films about his latest project, "Punch Bag".

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MT: How did you get your start filmmaking? 

DH: At 16 I made a very bad life decision which was to go and work at a power station as an apprentice. The money was good, and would be even better now, but I wasn't happy. So instead, I decided I must pursue something I enjoy rather than money, and that was film. It took several more years before I finally went to uni and studied media and film, which gave me access to a kit room. I then made the most of that equipment at every opportunity - documentaries, music videos, anything and everything. But I only began writing when I was 23. Since then, I've just tried to keep busy, and continue to make things I want to do.

MT: Who are some of your biggest influences as an artist?

DH: I'm currently watching Zodiac by David Fincher, so there's an obvious one. He was the first filmmaker I 'studied' and really thought about how he directed a scene and film. But in all honesty, I have too many to list. Musicians, writers, biologists! But specifically for film, I always think about the Coen's for tone, P.T. Anderson for artistry and Kubrick for pretty much everything.

MT: Punch Bag is your latest short film. What were some of the challenges that came with making this piece?

DH: I wouldn't say there were many challenges. I guess my DOP struggled with some technical issues - I decided to shoot in December so we didn't have much natural daylight, and the location has big open windows. But, for me, making Punch Bag was fun and easy. That's what I think short films should be. Ingvild, who plays Naomi, had the challenge of portraying a character who goes from vulnerable and weak, to someone willing to confront and possibly beat-up her neighbours in the space of 10 minutes. But she rose to it brilliantly. 

MT: Punch Bag has a very open-ended feel to it. What did you want audiences to take away from this film after the credits roll?

DH: I like to provoke some sort of response. If you tie everything up in a neat little bow, what is there to talk about afterwards? You do have to tell a story of sorts, but ultimately it needs to lead the audience to engaging with your idea. I hope that's what happens.

MT: In addition to shooting shorts, you also appear to be working on a feature called The Cult of Nigel. Can you give audiences a little background on this work-in-progress? 

DH: We are planning to launch a fundraising campaign very soon, so everyone who has watched and enjoyed my short films over the years will hopefully sign up to be part of the team. The script was completed a few weeks ago, and we are beginning to plan the production. It's a darkish-comedy about a guy who believes he has been abducted by aliens. Upon his return he has to tell the world, everyone thinks he's crazy. 

MT: What words of advice do you have for aspiring artists?

DH: Do it, and in the words of Neil Gaiman, make good art.

NTWON: Little Evil

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September is on its way out and October, the spookiest month of the year, is just about here. So, it seems only fitting that this time around we spotlight a relatively spooky movie: Little Evil starring Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, and some kid.  

Little Evil is a satirical take on the classic horror movie The Omen. Both films center around a strange little boy who seems to bring misfortune and mayhem wherever they go. But while The Omen plays things entirely straight, the characters in Little Evil are much more genre savvy and exist in a world where movies like The Omen and Rosemary's Baby exist.

Little Evil is different from other, more overt horror parodies like the Scary Movie franchise. Rather, the tone of the movie never wanders into the explicitly absurd. Instead, Adam Scott plays the only sane man that is paying close enough attention to his surroundings to actually remark on them. This film serves as a loving tribute to the demon baby genre that gently subverts the common tropes and expectations with a modern slant.

Though the writers were clearly inspired by the horror genre, this movie is not particularly scary. There are no jump scares or anything that's going to make viewers frightened to turn the lights off in their homes. That said, there are definitely some scenes that are pretty gross and disturbing, but these scenes are usually played for laughs as they are contrasted with completely oblivious bystanders that do not appreciate the seriousness of the situation.

This is definitely a fun watch if you are at all familiar with The Omen. Even if you don't normally watch horror movies, you'll probably enjoy this short, light film. Check it out! 

The Harder You Try - Charles Bukowski

Mick recorded a reading of Charles Bukowski's poem "The Harder You Try". Listen and read along below.

the waste of words
continues with a stunning
persistence
as the waiter runs by carrying the loaded
tray
for all the wise white boys who laugh at
us.
no matter. no matter,
as long as your shoes are tied and
nobody is walking too close
behind.
just being able to scratch yourself and
be nonchalant is victory
enough.
those constipated minds that seek
larger meaning
will be dispatched with the other
garbage.
back off.
if there is light
it will find
you.

DWTS: The Emoji Movie

The eleventh episode of Don't Watch This Shit features the instant classic: The Emoji Movie, starring TJ Miller. It's basically Wreck-It Ralph but with way more corporate shilling. The gang is joined by special guests Keith and Lisa. They not only discuss this trainwreck of a film, they also speculate how the initial idea of a children's bang bus evolved into the Emoji movie. 

Jesse

  1. Lisa will fall asleep.

  2. There will be a "lost princess" plot.

  3. The movie's message will be "you are unique and special" and will abandon it halfway through.

  4. Tons of product placement.

  5. At some point, I will seriously consider ending my life during this movie.

Final Rating: 

All proof of this film's existence needs to be fired into the sun.

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Taylor

  1. Just be yourself will be said 7 times.

  2. Patrick Stewart will only have a single minute of screen time.

  3. James Corden is going to sing a la car karaoke.

  4. Somone is going to say "break the internet".

  5. The following products will be shown on screen:

    • Sony Music

    • Sony Phone

    • Sony Television

    • Spiderman

Final Rating:

This is a cultural fart.

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Mick

  1. Tons of Product Places

  2. Toilet Humor

  3. Horrible amalgamation of Pixar tropes and plot lines.

  4. Bumpin soundtrack.

  5. Stacked with Cameos

Final Rating:

I was on my phone looking at Emojis for most of this movie. 

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Keith

  1. Replacement of swears with random other words.

  2. Everything is a terrible meme

  3. Poop jokes

  4. Shitty meta jokes about pandering.

  5. Eggplant and Blue Water drops tag team peach emoji.

Dance sequence at the end.

Final Rating:

Tropical island meeting their shit gods shitty.

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Lisa

  1. Some sort of dating app will be included

  2. This will be all about "you can be who you are"

  3. TJ Miller's character will show the other emojis that they can also branch out

  4. We will see the poop emoji at least 3 times.

Final Rating:

I slept for most of this movie and when I woke up the same stuff was happening. 

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NTWON: Naked

Another month, another movie to watch on Netflix. This go-around, Mick watched Naked, written, produced, and starring Marlon Waynes (of White Chicks and Scary Movie fame). Naked is a high-concept rom-com about a guy who keeps waking up naked in an elevator.

The first thing viewers should realize is the striking similarity this film has to Groundhog Day. Ultimately, both of these movies are about a character stuck in a time-warp forced to relive the same span of time over and over again. However, where Groundhog Day relied on Bill Murray's more subdued sense of delivery, Naked (and Marlon Waynes by extension) is much more ridiculous and overt in its humor.

The biggest difference between the cult-classic and its new-school counterpart is that Phil in Groundhog Day had to relive the same day over and over, starting from the moment he gets out of bed. In Naked, Rob relives a much shorter span of time, more on the order of 1-2 hours, starting from when he comes to naked in an elevator on his wedding day. Obviously, this presents a different set of challenges than the ones Phil faces.

Another thing that sets Naked apart from one of Bill Murray's most-loved movies is the difference in characterization. Phil starts Groundhog Day as a jerk and prima donna with little regard for the people around him and over the course of his millions of Groundhog Days learns to love his fellow man. Rob, on the other hand, suffers from Peter Pan Syndrome and struggles with accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.

It should be noted that this movie is not high art. There are definitely rough patches of dialogue in the script, but Waynes, to his credit, commits to them fully. The trailer and synopsis make a very specific promise and delivers on them in full. Overall, Naked is a fun, light-hearted rom-com that will amuse viewers over its tight 90-minute run time, especially if viewers are a fan of Groundhog Day.

 

Archetypes and Absurdities - Adam Chambers

After attending the HOT conference in Hartford, CT this summer, Mick became fast friends with the multi-talented Adam Chambers. Adam is not only a gifted visual artist but a prolific writer, musician, and activist.  

I'm Right You're Wrong, Motherfucker! 

I explore themes of juxtaposition, humor and contradiction, often through the layering of image and text, in my visual work. My imagery is drawn from a wellspring of deeply personal experiences, yet is peppered with the archetypes and absurdities of pop culture as well, embodying a unique and imaginative aesthetic of social and personal commentary.

I make my art because I want to explore the untapped potential of that synergistic realm in which seemingly contradictory layers of meaning can co-exist. The irrational vs. the rational; image vs. language; clarity vs. obfuscation; the mundane reality of the everyday and of popular culture vs. the layered, self-contradicting reality of dreams.

ltimately, the most fundamental contradiction I wrestle with in my creative process is that of how to assemble meaning, both personally and culturally, on the unstable ground of the impersonal, existential absurdity that is our experience as social beings.

-AC