Saturday, August 22, 2009

Martyrs|The Trailers
The Red Version, and the International Version

Happy Birthday to the father of "the decisive moment."
Henri Cartiér-Bresson|1908

The Decisive Moment

Cartier-Bresson achieved international recognition for his coverage of Gandhi's funeral in India in 1948 and the last (1949) stage of the Chinese Civil War. He covered the last six months of the Kuomintang administration and the first six months of the Maoist People's Republic. He also photographed the last surviving Imperial eunuchs in Beijing, as the city was falling to the communists. From China, he went on to Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), where he documented the gaining of independence from the Dutch.

In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published his book Images à la sauvette, whose English edition was titled The Decisive Moment. It included a portfolio of 126 of his photos from the East and the West. The book's cover was drawn by Henri Matisse. For his 4,500-word philosophical preface, Cartier-Bresson took his keynote text from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz: "Il n'y a rien dans ce monde qui n'ait un moment decisif" ("There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment"). Cartier-Bresson applied this to his photographic style. He said: " "Photographier: c'est dans un même instant et en une fraction de seconde reconnaître un fait et l'organisation rigoureuse de formes perçues visuellement qui expriment et signifient ce fait."

Both titles came from publishers. Tériade, the Greek-born French publisher whom Cartier-Bresson idolized, gave the book its French title, Images à la Sauvette, which can loosely be translated as "images on the run" or "stolen images." Dick Simon of Simon & Schuster came up with the English title The Decisive Moment. Margot Shore, Magnum's Paris bureau chief, did the English translation of Cartier-Bresson's French preface.

"Photography is not like painting," Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."

Cartier-Bresson held his first exhibition in France at the Pavillon de Marsan in the Louvre in 1955.

Friday, August 21, 2009

MovieBerry is right at home!

The Late, Late Show: MARTYRS

Now showing:

Hell is on earth, without a soundtrack.
22 August 2009

An absolute mental maze of a movie, the potential viewer would best serve themselves by knowing little, if any, about this film. And a piece of film it is. A commonly found poster compares this movie, childishly, to SAW. Nothing could be further from the truth. A more obvious comparison would be with the two films which bred the term "torture porn" and they would be HOSTEL and HOSTEL II. In some manner, this film bears a great resemblance to HOSTEL and HOSTEL II, but transcends even what you thought, by watching those two films, that Eli Roth (dir.) had gone too far. He hadn't gone far enough.

Without giving the slightest bit of this film away, I will say only this: at first, there seemed to be too much of a comparison to the TARTAN ASIA EXTREME HORROR films. Admittedly, my attention wandered. Then graphic, and I mean graphic imagery and graphic acts of violence, took a wrong turn, and the movie ramped up into high gear.

I realized I was in the thick of the movie when I noted there was no music, no soundtrack, no score, even, to break the brutal sounds accompanying even more horrifying images. The stark, somewhat "Nazi" aspect to this film, present also in both of Roth's HOSTELs, was evident, and this imparted a chill to this movie Roth could only dream about. And this is where he failed.

Where they say "death is the end" and, yes, for some, especially violent criminals in the real world (Scott Peterson, Timothy McVeigh, The Columbine Killers et al) death was the easy way out, whereas Petersen (sp?) and Madeoff will spend their days in solitary confinement, where they should be left to rot, not read.

The twist this film takes is actually unimaginable, and is only for the strong of stomach, and for those who recognize they are watching a film. It is hard to imagine this behaviour takes place in the "real world" but nothing, now, would surprise me. "Torture porn" is just that: porn for the sake of getting off.

I didn't get off, and, in the end, neither did "the final grouping." The only salvation for this movie, and for the actress who carries the last half of the movie is that the film is aptly titled: MARTYRS.

This is a brutal film, one I would strongly recommend, but with a caveat: brutality against women, in any form, even for "entertainment" is wrong, and it is difficult to watch. I am somewhat grateful to the director of this film in that there was a means to this shocking end.

Buy this movie. You will never see anything like it.

Unless snuff films, beyond those shown on CNN with the drones, find their place in the future of cinema.

Born 20 Aug 1890|HP Lovecraft

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Miraculous Lactation of St. Bernard
Alonso Cano, p. 1650
Location: el Prado

Painting Title: The Miraculous Lactation of St. Bernard
Artist: Alonso Cano
Born 19 March 1601 in Granada Spain
Died 3 September 1667 in Granada Spain
Painted: 1650
Comments: Alonzo Cano, painter, sculptor, architect, studied painting under Pacheco and Velazquez in Seville Spain after 1616. He studied sculpture under Martínez Montáñes, and architecture under his father. After having become a licensed Master Painter in 1626, he moved to Madrid Spain in 1638. In 1652 he retired to Granada Spain to work in the Cathedral where many of his finest works remain.

Satan's School for Girls
Horror High 1974 – 1978

Sometimes, I think it's a great thing that I'm a hoarder, a collector.
I've long forgotten something of import, and the next thing you know,
I find a physical souvenir.

Like high school.

It wasn't easy by any stretch of the imagination being "out" from 1974 - 1978.
Actually, I wasn't out.

I was never fucking in!

So in addition to that wise-ass Spanish teacher who had to make a hickey-related remark about a red mark on my neck which was really caused my nerves and pulling at my skin (c'mon: who hasn't done that?), there were more, and far worse, occasions for various "faculty" to manipulate me.

Trouble is: I found a treasure trove of "notes" which have just enough information to plant the seed of doubt in any academics minds.

Here's the scoop: I was so scorned in my high school, my name was not only left off the program of graduating seniors, it was also left out of the local paper's publication of seniors graduating from said high school.

But, you know what they say: payback is a bitch.

And for some people, this bitch is spelled with a capital "C."

Boycott Whole Foods Market!
Try Trader Joe's instead!!!

While perusing for graphic design employment in the state of Connecticut, I noted a position for the soon-to-open Milford location of Whole Foods Market (Ref ID 40844).

After reading the WILL DOs of the position, I thought I'd take a look at the requirements for the position.

Of course, Mac proficiency was listed, with specific mention of Quark XPress (sic), Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, Microsoft Excel and Word. FileMaker and InDesign knowledge were listed as a "plus."

The typical "strong artistic and creative skills, eye for detail, excellent organizational and time management abilities" were also referenced, along with all the other items on the ideal corporate super-hero wannabe listing.

But of particular notice was the following, which is here presented as a screen-cap, and typed out for easier reading legibility:

• Able to communicate, read, and follow instructions in English.
• Able to work 8 - 10 hours per day. Able to sit, stand and or walk for extended periods of time, up to 4 hours, without a break. Able to bend/stoop to grasp/lift, objects not to exceed 50 lbs., unassisted.
• Art degree or formal artistic training preferred.

Yes. You read that correctly. Ok, I'll give them the English communications skills. After all, I didn't have to surrender my passport when I moved back to Connecticut.

And, yes, I'll allow that they are looking for someone with an art degree or formal artistic training (preferred).

But the following line is nothing short of discriminatory, and reprehensible in its inclusion, especially since it's listed BEFORE the requirement for an art degree or formal artistic training (preferred):

• Able to work 8 - 10 hours per day. Able to sit, stand and or walk for extended periods of time, up to 4 hours, without a break. Able to bend/stoop to grasp/lift, objects not to exceet 50 lbs., unassisted.

Any reader of this blog knows I have a debilitating history of spinal problems, most recently manifested in my neck, requiring an ACDF of C4 – 5, C6 – 7.

Just to add a little bit of a visual here:
* note: all x-rays herein are x-rays of my cervical region,
barring the x-ray marked NORMAL,
which was obtained from a neurosurgical department
of a national hospital on the internet.

Cervical problems manifest themselves in any number of ways: blinding headaches, the need to lie down...flat, and, oft misdiagnosed except for those in the fields of orthopaedics or neurosurgery, severe pains in the arms and hands. Severe enough to make signing your name on the back of a check a real chore. And, for the artists amongst us, severe enough to render your traditional trigger finger (the right index finger, for photographers) immobile, or severely weakened. And for those talented enough with pencil, pen, and markers, try adding more than a bit of a "shake" to your renderings, and see if your client will understand. I doubt it.

Glaring in its absence in this ad is the following phrase:

People with disabilities and/or minorities are encouraged to apply.

Not to point fingers at anyone, but I did speak to an HR rep for Whole Foods Market in Connecticut, and he quickly tried to couch this oversight with the inclusion of the phrase "Our team members represent over 50 different nations. We are people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, yet all work together to meet the needs of our customers."

Forget the need for employment by others. How would Whole Foods Market handle a brilliantly talented graphic artist who was confined to a wheelchair? Perhaps a paraplegic, unable to stand, unassisted?

Better still, how might Whole Foods Market handle an Iraq vet who just happened to lose a leg to an IED? Or maybe a hand?

You might have a Purple Heart or a Bronze Star for bravery in action, but don't think about applying for a job with Whole Foods Market. After all, they've got requirements, and sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time, up to four (4) hours, without a break, and bending, stooping, grasping and lifting objects not to exceed 50 pounds, UNASSISTED, well, it just won't cut it.

So how about a boycott, at least in Connecticut, of The Whole Foods Markets:

1. Darien (soon to open)
2. Glastonbury (860.625.9800)
3. Greenwich (203.661.0631)
4. Milford (soon to open)
5. West Hartford (Bishops Corner) (860.523.7174)
6. West Hartford (Raymond Road) (860.523.8500)
7. Westport (203.227.6858)

And while you're at it? How 'bout giving a call to your local Whole Foods, and let them know that you are wholly disgusted, and you'll be shopping at Trader Joe's instead!

113 Mill Plain Rd.
Danbury, CT 06811
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 203-739-0098

436 Boston Post Rd.
Darien, CT 06820
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 203-656-1414

2258 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 203-330-8301

560 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 203-795-5505

West Hartford
1489 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 860-561-4771

400 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
Trading Hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Phone: 203-226-8966

Caveat Emptor!
Careful Mac-people!

Maybe, just maybe, you received this whiz-bang of an email in your MAIL box. Maybe even in your MobileMe mail box. You Mac-folk know what I'm talking about.

Now, even if you are running PARALLELS or VMFusion, you DON'T want to expose your Mac to the dark side of PC viri (the correct spelling of virus, plural).

So, before you get all hot and horny about a Corel sale? Check out the System Requirements, and you'll see not a Mac among them.

A word to the wise...

Versus|The Jonas Brothers.
Binoculars v. Vernaculors

This has GOT to be the funniest fucking typo (except it's not a's a grammatical abomination!) I have seen in a very, very long time. Talk about not knowing English (OK, they are Canadian, but really, STILL!)

If you can't read the original artwork, just give it the old "double-click" and it'll open, larger, in another window. Then use your browser's back button to return to my site.

I'd love to hear some comments. This is THAT funny. Or sad. Depending on which end of the telescope you are looking through.

I think the Jonas Brothers should pass on the meet and greets, and instead, have some English classes which they themselves should teach. THEN maybe, just maybe, the 'tweens and their parents might LEARN something!!!!!!!!

Prayer of St. Bernard: Ex Latinae

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and Our Lord answered: "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins.

O Iesu amantissime, Agne Dei mansuetissime, ego miser peccator saluto et veneror sacratissimum vulnus, quod in humero tuo, dum gravem crucis tuae trabem portares, persensisti : ob quod singularem dolorem et cruciatum in benedicto corpore tuo sustinuisti.

Adoro te, Iesu afflictissime, et ex intimo corde laudo, benedico et glorifico te gratiasque ago pro hoc sacratissimo poenosissimoque vulnere humeri tui, humiliter deprecans, ut ob nimium illum dolorem, quem illud tibi inflixit, et propter grave onus crucis tuae, quod te tam dire afflixit, miserearis mihi peccatori, peccata mea venialia et mortalia remittas meque per viam crucis tuae ad caelum deducas.


Obama Administration Admits DOMA is Discriminatory

On Monday, the Department of Justice issued a follow-up brief in the Smelt v. United States case, with the Obama Administration clearly stating that they do not support the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and would seek a repeal. That said, the apparent constitutionality of the law means that the Department of Justice will continue to defend DOMA in order to dismiss legal challenges. For how long this duality will last before something gives, it is hard to say.


79 A.D.
Vesuvius Explodes
Buries Pompeii and Herculaneum

This Day in History
The Feast Day of St Bernard de Clairvaux

Also known as
* Mellifluous Doctor of the Church
* Last of the Fathers of the Holy Church

* 20 August


Born to the French nobility. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of Citeaux; his father and another brother joined soon after. Benedictine. Founded and led the monastery of Clairvaux which soon had over 700 monks and eventually 160 daughter houses. Revised and reformed the Cistercians. Advisor to, and admonisher of, King Louis the Fat and King Louis the Young. Attended the Second Lateran Council. Fought Albigensianism. Helped end the schism of anti-Pope Anacletus II. Preached in France, Italy, and Germany. Helped organize the Second Crusade. Friend and biographer of Saint Malachy O’More. Spritual advisor to Pope Eugene III, who had originally been one of his monks. First Cistercian monk placed on the calendar of saints. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius VIII.

Every morning Bernard would ask himself, “Why have I come here?”,

and then remind himself of his main duty - to lead a holy life.

* 1090 at Fontaines-les-Dijon, Burgundy, France

* 20 August 1153 at Clairvaux Abbey, Ville-sous-la-Ferté, Aube, France

* 1170 by Pope Alexander III

* beekeepers
* bees
* Burgundy, France
* candlemakers
* chandlers
* Cistercian Order
* Cistercians
* Gibraltar
* Queens College, Cambridge, England
* Speyer Cathedral
* wax-melters
* wax refiners

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Fucking Hallowe'en!
TIME Magazine:
The Homosexual in America
31 October 1969

Shockingly, more propaganda here.

Drive-by; Clothesline|2007

A linear study,

if you have to ask.

Forget hurricane season, Italy!

The #1 Porn Mustache in the UK!!!
Freddie Mercury

From Entertainment Daily:

LONDON - Rock band Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury has walked away with the title of ‘Britain’s Greatest Ever Moustache’ in a new poll.

Mercury has topped the celebrity moustache poll with John Cleese’s moustache in Fawlty Towers occupying the second spot.

The third place went to former Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener who famously issued the famous World War One “Britain Wants You” rallying call.

Legendary comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplain’s short dark tache and former England keeper David Seaman’s facial hair wrapped up the top five.

The poll of 3,000 men was carried by Remington to support the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign’s Tacheback initiative, which raises funds to tackle testicular and prostate cancers.

“Freddie Mercury has topped the charts once again by taking first place in this poll,” the Telegraph quoted Nikki McReynolds of Remington as saying.

“Freddie was obviously proud of his facial hair as he once announced mid concert ‘it’s my moustache and I’m going to keep it’.

“The sporting of a moustache is a bold statement in this day and age - but with our Tacheback initiative we want to encourage Brits to ‘grow a tache and raise cash’ for testicular and prostate cancers - which affects 36,000 men in the UK every year,” McReynolds added.


Depeche Mode|John the Revelator
Official Video

Not Depeche Mode
The "true" version of John The Revelator

666|The Mark of the Devil
It's only appropriate...John The Revelator

John the Revelator
Put him in an elevator
Take him up to the highest high
Take him up to the top where the mountains stop
Let him tell his book of lies

John the Revelator
He's a smooth operator
It's time we cut him down to size
Take him by the hand
And put him on the stand
Let us hear his alibis

By claiming God - As his holy right
He's stealing a God from the Israelites
Stealing a God from a Muslim, too
There is only one God through and through
Seven lies, multiplied by seven, multiplied by seven again
Seven angels with seven trumpets
Send them home on the morning train
Well who's that shouting?
John the Revelator!
All he ever gives us is pain
Well who's that shouting?
John the Revelator!
He should bow his head in shame

By and by
By and by
By and by
By and by

Seven lies, multiplied by seven, multiplied by seven again
Seven angels with seven trumpets
Send them home on the morning train
Well who's that shouting?
John the Revelator!
All he ever gives us is pain
Well who's that shouting?
John the Revelator!
He should bow his head in shame

By and by
By and by
John the Revelator
By and by
John the Revelator
By and by
John the Revelator

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009