Sean Witzke


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PUBLIC CATALOG OF SHAME: Movies/Books August 2014

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NOTES FOR AUGUST: Rrrrrrrrrresearch!. I slept less this month than I have in literally years. See if you can tell!

  1. The 12 Chairs (1970), dir. Mel Brooks
  2. Assassin’s Bullet (2012), dir. Isaac Florentine
  3. The Toxic Avenger (1984), dir. Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz
  4. Tomb of Ligeia (1964), dir. Roger Corman
  5. Suspiria (1977), dir. Dario Argento - 3 strip technicolor.
  6. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991), dir. Lam Nai-Choi
  7. The Fall of the House of Usher (1960), dir. Roger Corman
  8. The Sacrament (2014), dir. Ti West
  9. Lisa and The Devil (1974), dir. Mario Bava
  10. Tales of Terror (1962), dir. Roger Corman
  11. Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013), dir. Frank Pavich
  12. The Black Cat (1934), dir. Edgar G Ulmer
  13. The Raven (1963), dir. Roger Corman
  14. Bluebeard (1944), dir. Edgar G Ulmer
  15. The Haunted Palace (1963), dir. Roger Corman
  16. The Premature Burial (1962), dir. Roger Corman
  17. Pit and the Pendulum (1961), dir. Roger Corman
  18. Masque of the Red Death (1964), dir. Roger Corman
  19. The Last Laugh (1924), dir. FW Murnau
  20. Death To Smoochy (2002), dir. Danny Devito
  21. Replicant (2001), dir. Ringo Lam
  22. Blue Ruin (2014), dir. Jeremy Saulnier
  23. The Blue Gardenia (1953), dir. Fritz Lang
  24. Apocalypse Now (1979), dir. Francis Ford Coppola - Only watched the section from bridge to the B-52 after the intermission.
  25. Bambi (1942), dir. David Hand (supervising director) - 3 strip technicolor.
  26. Branded To Kill (1967), dir. Seijun Suzuki
  27. Ninja (2009), dir. Isaac Florentine
  28. Napoleon (1927), dir. Abel Gance 
  29. The Exterminating Angel (1962), dir Luis Bunuel
  30. Stereo (1969), dir. David Cronenberg
  31. Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010), dir. Mark Hartley
  32. Richard III (1955), dir. Laurence Olivier - 3 strip technicolor. Awesome.
  33. Visions of Light (1992), dir. Todd McCarthy, Arnold Glassman, Stuart Samuels
  34. The Passenger (1975), dir. Michelangelo Antonioni
  35. Il Grido (1957), dir. Michelangelo Antonioni

  36. Un Chien Andalou (1927), dir. Luis Bunuel
  37. Django Unchained (2012), dir. Quentin Tarantino
  38. Key Largo (1948), dir. John Huston
  39. Forty Guns (1957), dir. Samuel Fuller - tracking shot
  40. Stagecoach (1939), dir. John Ford
  41. The Steel Helmet (1951), dir. Samuel Fuller
  42. Posse (1975), dir. Kirk Douglas
  43. The Great Silence (1968), dir. Sergio Corbucci
  44. The Thing (1982), dir. John Carpenter - Only the blood test scene.
  45. Day of the Outlaw (1959), dir. Andre De Toth
  46. Sword of Doom (1966), dir. Kihachi Okamoto - Only watched the Mifune in the cemetery scene.
  47. Last Man Standing (1996), dir. Walter Hill
  48. Funny Face (1957), dir. Stanley Donen - technicolor
  49. Island of Fire (1990), dir. Chu Yen Ping
  50. Carrie (1976), dir. Brian De Palma

TV

  1. Spooks/MI-5 season 1
  2. Simpsons marathon - I love the idea of the Simpsons as a utility. You turn the tv on and it’s there. No matter the time of day. Here’s some of the nerdy shit I love about the Simpsons in no order: A. Brooks. The Conan O’Brien era. The Dana Gould era. SWARTZWELDER. MEYER. The Seth Rogen & Evan Golberg episode. The opening credits in the first episode coming back after the movie. Oakley & Weinstein. “Only I may dance.” Sideshow Bob. Phil Hartman. Maggie in the Ayn Rand daycare center. The ongoing Maggie-Rand-Gun-nut thread going through the whole series. Arrested Development style callbacks 20 years too early in the Conan era. “I’m the first non-Brazilian person to travel backwards through time!” Homer Simpson vs. The City of New York. Hank Scorpio. 22 Short Films About Springfield. Marge fantasizing about Lee Majors. Bart in the Hong Kong airport. The X-Files episode. The sub Homer won’t throw away. The sushi chef sneaking away to make out with Mrs. Krabappel in his car. Moe with the fansuit. Spacecoyote. Moe. Anne Hathaway as Princess Penelope. The overthrow of Kamp Krusty. Barney in the Be Sharps. Smithers in the Malibu Stacey musical. Wiggum, Lou and Eddy singing Bob Marley. “DUFFMAN CAN’T BREATHE!” Itchy and Scratchyland. Goldblum as the agent. Dave Thomas as Rex Banner. Homer hitting the Dean with his car. Homer in the cherry-picker at the museum. Maggie’s ongoing vendetta against the baby with the unibrow. Bart Sells His Soul. The Krusty Comeback Special. Darryl Strawberry as Darryl Strawberry. The Flying Hellfish. “Ultrasuede is a miracle, this is just good timing.” The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase. “Nanananana LEADER!” Every time Apu sang. The block yard sale. Sorcerer shoutouts in the Plow King. Every film reference, from the classical homages to the cheapest current events cash-in. Every town meeting. Kirk Douglas creating Itchy. Dr. Nick. SPINAL TAP. The hot dog salesman at the funeral. Nightboat. “You know what I like about you english? Octopussy.” Kevin Michael Richardson joining the voice cast in the 00s. Dennis Franz going “With a man in the White House?!” Carl nodding to Homer while drinking in the Stonecutter episode. Disco Stu! MY NAME IS HOMER SIMPSON. The HMS Pinafore. Apu re-applying for citizenship. Rory B. Bellows. Susan Sarandon saying “Belly fire.” Eric Idle as Declan Desmond. Early mob-mentality-susceptible Lisa. Ralph Wiggum. The Van Houten’s ongoing divorce. The dog with the shifty eyes. Steve Martin as Ray Patterson. McBain going “MENDOZAAAAA!” Mr. Sparkle. Planet of the Apes The Musical. DENTAL PLAN. Lisa Needs Braces. DENTAL PLAN. Lisa Needs Braces. DENTAL PLAN. Don Homer with the free donuts. Lisa in the Russian district. Bart vs. Australia. Every Mr. Burns flashback. Homer witth the penants. Flanders losing it and committing himself. Barney’s apartment. The waiter and Freddy Quimby. Marge training to be a cop. Danny Devito punching Homer. “COME BACK ZINC!” The Yakuza scene in the pretzel episode. Marge Vs. The Monorail, the greatest episode of a tv show the world has made to date. EVERY SINGLE TREEHOUSE! More shit after that.

Books

  1. Studies in the Horror Film: Brian De Palma’s Carrie by Joseph Aisenberg. - This academic study of Carrie was deeply instructive. It’s a book-length examination of a movie that I have spent a lot of time obsessing over, and fairly recently. It’s also written in a style more concerned with the constant minutia of intention, aka boring shit. Counting the amount of times Aisenberg brings up discrepancies between the book, the script, and the film is as depressing as it gets. It happens at least 3 times a page, and senselessly. The progression of the movie being a smarter version of the material might be the point he’s making, if we walk him all the way back from senseless academic repetition with the benefit of the doubt. He doesn’t earn that benefit of the doubt, though. There’s not enough factoids to enjoy it on a novelty level. There doesn’t seem to be much fervency or even unhealthy obsession in Aisenberg’s writing. A lot of footnotes, a lot of indicators that he believes Carrie to be better than whatever example he’s trotting out, not a lot of sense what it is that made him pound out 300 pages on the subject. No central point other than “this one is smarter than the other ones”, which makes me go “…okay?”. No disgust living behind the oft comparisons to Halloween, either. I don’t know what this guy likes or hates, no insight into the work. He’s not revealing any information that anyone who doesn’t have a dvd player and an internet connection can’t put together themselves in an afternoon. So what good is the book if there’s no energy in any direction? Why waste the paper? Just joyless and snide, and I enjoy reading things like this sometimes to have something to flex against. 
Look at what I found in a box in the attic. No one wants to claim it. RE VI SON IS IM! RE VI SON IS IM! RE VIS ON IS IM!

Look at what I found in a box in the attic. No one wants to claim it. RE VI SON IS IM! RE VI SON IS IM! RE VIS ON IS IM!

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travisbickleontheriviera:

Hey you, person on tumblr, there’s a new episode of the only movie podcast game in town, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, for episode #87, Morgan Jeske and Tucker Stone are here to talk about: Armored, Miami Vice, Walter Hill’s Trespass, The Immigrant, and Blue Ruin. Sean Witzke isn’t on this one, so you have all the more reason to listen!  Check it out, the rest of your life depends on it!

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Carrie White eats shit

Carrie White eats shit

travisbickleontheriviera:

Hey you with the face staring at the screen, there’s a brand new Travis Bickle on the Riviera, a movie podcast for movie podcast people. This week Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke discuss the new Planet of the Apes movie, the new Purge, the plane scene in Delta Force, the elevator scene in Maximum Risk, and the cloud in Green Lantern. Check it out y’all. 
You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. You can follow the show on twitter, tumblr, and facebook.

travisbickleontheriviera:

Hey you with the face staring at the screen, there’s a brand new Travis Bickle on the Riviera, a movie podcast for movie podcast people. This week Tucker Stone and Sean Witzke discuss the new Planet of the Apes movie, the new Purge, the plane scene in Delta Force, the elevator scene in Maximum Risk, and the cloud in Green Lantern. Check it out y’all. 

You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. You can follow the show on twittertumblr, and facebook.

Fragment fom the thing I am writing (may be unusable)

The horror cinema at the time was interested in the same physical type — beautiful, slight and wide-eyed women in their twenties who could play much younger. Their defining quality is fragility, even if it is realistic fragility. The kind of actresses who flourished n the pre-slasher era: Mia Farrow, Sissy Spacek, Catherine Denueve, Vera Clouzot, Edith Scob, Lee Remick, later Barbara Hershey and Shelly Duvall. This type ran parallel with the shift in roles of women in horror from victim to protagonist, which would vary in levels of agency the characters were given. The physical type followed this role even when the characterization shifted. Suzy the character is not simply a victim. She is an aware and active character, thoughtful of her actions and decisions. The agency of the character in a supernatural film, specifically one like Suspiria (or Rosemary’s Baby, etc) is that she is only aware and active inside of a story about her lack of agency. The inescapable nature of these narratives is the point, and the only way to survive is to play out the narrative while coming to terms with it. Survival is an important element in 70s horror. Following transitional films like Suspiria, the end achievement of women in horror is no longer survival but victory. Harper’s performance is not just reflective of the attitudes of the era, it is defining of it. Iconic.

Me at 5 dressed as Pee Wee Herman. BEEN THIS WEIRD.

Me at 5 dressed as Pee Wee Herman. BEEN THIS WEIRD.

Story time.
supervillain:
Lloyd Kaufman.
I first saw The Toxic Avenger (it may have been 2 or 3 at that point, I don’t remember specifics), when I was 7 or 8 and my mom worked in admitting in the emergency room. I used to go into the hospital with her at 5 in the morning and wait for the school bus to pick me up at 7. She was going to college and working nights, and there was no other time for me to get to school. I used to eat free breakfast in the hospital cafeteria too, I don’t think we had a lot of money at this point. So I would sit in my catholic school uniform with all my school shit and watch tv in the emergency room for an hour (or more depending on shifts) pre-dawn in the E.R. This was only for a few years, and I barely remember it beyond this one specific time. I walk in, ask the guy sitting in front of the tv if I can watch Ninja Turtles, and he says he wants to finish this movie, and if I like Turtles I’ll like this anyway. This guy, I then realized was bleeding from a massive gash in his leg, tied with a soaked-through flannel shirt, and didn’t want to/couldn’t get up. So I watched the whole movie with the guy. This was a really terrible emergency room, I’d be surprised he didn’t lose the leg. I remember being there forever. And then I went and had a full day of catholic school with that movie in my head. 

Story time.

supervillain:

Lloyd Kaufman.

I first saw The Toxic Avenger (it may have been 2 or 3 at that point, I don’t remember specifics), when I was 7 or 8 and my mom worked in admitting in the emergency room. I used to go into the hospital with her at 5 in the morning and wait for the school bus to pick me up at 7. She was going to college and working nights, and there was no other time for me to get to school. I used to eat free breakfast in the hospital cafeteria too, I don’t think we had a lot of money at this point. So I would sit in my catholic school uniform with all my school shit and watch tv in the emergency room for an hour (or more depending on shifts) pre-dawn in the E.R. This was only for a few years, and I barely remember it beyond this one specific time. I walk in, ask the guy sitting in front of the tv if I can watch Ninja Turtles, and he says he wants to finish this movie, and if I like Turtles I’ll like this anyway. This guy, I then realized was bleeding from a massive gash in his leg, tied with a soaked-through flannel shirt, and didn’t want to/couldn’t get up. So I watched the whole movie with the guy. This was a really terrible emergency room, I’d be surprised he didn’t lose the leg. I remember being there forever. And then I went and had a full day of catholic school with that movie in my head. 

travisbickleontheriviera:

Over at TFO, there is a new episode of the only movie podcast in the world, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, four men discuss all nine seasons of 24, their names are Tucker Stone, Sean Witzke, Morgan Jeske, and David Brothers. They are here to talk to you about Jack Bauer. On a day where dozens of people will try to convince you that a movie with a raccoon is “their Star Wars”, please appreciate how vital this is. CHECK IT OUT
(No one has ever described anything other than Alien as “my Alien”, btw Alien is eternal..)
You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. You can follow the show on twitter, tumblr, and facebook.

travisbickleontheriviera:

Over at TFO, there is a new episode of the only movie podcast in the world, Travis Bickle on the Riviera. This week, four men discuss all nine seasons of 24, their names are Tucker Stone, Sean Witzke, Morgan Jeske, and David Brothers. They are here to talk to you about Jack Bauer. On a day where dozens of people will try to convince you that a movie with a raccoon is “their Star Wars”, please appreciate how vital this is. CHECK IT OUT

(No one has ever described anything other than Alien as “my Alien”, btw Alien is eternal..)

You can download episodes directly from itunes and rss. You can follow the show on twittertumblr, and facebook.

FIFFE THO.
COPRA4EVER$.

FIFFE THO.

COPRA4EVER$.