OVERPRICED AND TRENDY

This is my note.

Thursday afternoon I held the barrel of a sawed off shotgun to the base of my skull with my left hand and squeezed the trigger with my right thumb. With any luck I was killed instantly.

Probably the less said the better. I wasn’t fit for survival and now I’m dead.

Check out my friend Sam’s website and see if you can buy his book when it comes out.
samsweet.info
http://www.newyorker.com/search?qt=dismax&sort=score+desc&query=sam+sweet&submit=

Take musical improv classes with Tara when she starts teaching again in the fall. Email her to get on her email list.
taraimprovclasses@gmail.com

My buddy Noah has a record coming out soon, check it out.
https://www.facebook.com/ThePrettyFlowers

Watch Eliza Skinner’s sketches and go see her do stand-up.
https://twitter.com/elizaskinner

Go to Diamond Lion every Friday at 11 at the UCB Theatre.
http://losangeles.ucbtheatre.com/shows/view/2586

Steve Cattani got me involved in a movie called Resurrecting Doug Dunning. It might be interesting to one or two people.

Otherwise just keep doing what you’re doing. Peace & love, peace & love.

-N

3 months ago
DIAMOND LION CROSSWORD PUZZLE
ACROSS
1. Replaced by 25A.7. What the house lights do Friday nights around 11:11.8. Type of T.V. comedy.10. “___ a high note.”11. Ready for the show, especially the piano.14. Something to do with the rhyme.15. Tara, in more ways than one.18. Kind of kingdom favored by Eliza and Tara.20. Daring raptor.22. Common housing type off Franklin.24. Most connected part of the show.25. Replaced 1A.
DOWN
2. All comedy, always.3. Kind of support.4. The Movie is a mad one.5. “You ___ Bee.”6. Proud animal.7. Something both dinosaurs and practice groups do.9. Tracksuit alternative.12. Something over the audience’s heads.13. Used to be eaten with panda, occasionally.16. Most important part of improv.17. Presentational complement.19. Talent show with stern judgment.21. Close book.23. Some Roberts.

DIAMOND LION CROSSWORD PUZZLE

ACROSS

1. Replaced by 25A.
7. What the house lights do Friday nights around 11:11.
8. Type of T.V. comedy.
10. “___ a high note.”
11. Ready for the show, especially the piano.
14. Something to do with the rhyme.
15. Tara, in more ways than one.
18. Kind of kingdom favored by Eliza and Tara.
20. Daring raptor.
22. Common housing type off Franklin.
24. Most connected part of the show.
25. Replaced 1A.

DOWN

2. All comedy, always.
3. Kind of support.
4. The Movie is a mad one.
5. “You ___ Bee.”
6. Proud animal.
7. Something both dinosaurs and practice groups do.
9. Tracksuit alternative.
12. Something over the audience’s heads.
13. Used to be eaten with panda, occasionally.
16. Most important part of improv.
17. Presentational complement.
19. Talent show with stern judgment.
21. Close book.
23. Some Roberts.

4 months ago

The Moonshine War (1970)

I find plot synopses tedious and useless. Let this quote suffice:

Only people who can help Son now ‘re his friends—only he don’t have one now.

The relationships between Alan Alda, Patrick McGoohan, and Richard Widmark’s characters make for some Krazy Kat level shit. The movie could have gone on another two hours. (Except that it couldn’t—you’ll see.)

McGoohan starts out as one scary motherfucker. And then Widmark comes along and smiles and gladhands him right outta the park. Some actors when they get older they start to caricature themselves. Not Widmark. He downplays the manic energy, that psychotic laugh, and it’s every bit as effective. More so. Widmark the man was married to the same woman for 55 years; was a gun control advocate who “abhor[red] violence” (his words); but onscreen, holy shit.

Lee Hazlewood makes his first credited screen appearance as Widmark’s Renfield. This is a great role, and memorable, but not a star-making one. I don’t know what he could have been thinking except that he must have had the same approach to movies as he did to music: do something weird and great and the right people will notice. Doesn’t seem to have worked.

It’s written by Elmore Leonard, the Dickens of Detroit, the guy who wrote the story that Tarantino’s best movie is based on. Great fucking movie. Five/5, follow with Mudhoney (1965) or some other dumb silly hillbilly thing.

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Another good moonshiner movie is Thunder Road (1958), starring Robert Mitchum and featuring its own theme song (!) written and performed by Mitchum (!!).

4 months ago
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