Sunday, February 25, 2007

Le Temps du Crunch

I have not one but two conference deadlines looming at the end of the week, and I'm in full-throttle writing mode. But since I'm officially addicted to the blogosphere, I expect I'll pop up to occasionally post some links in the comments during the week. You're welcome to do the same, and please feel free to chat here about whatever strikes your fancy. I'll be back with a post next week. Keep warm, peoples. Ciao.


Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I saw the Lelouch short on DVD via Nicheflix. It's more fun to watch on a big screen.

February 25, 2007 9:18 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Peter et al. -- Can I ask a question?
What DVD rental service might you recommend for non-R1 DVD's? (And I read somewhere that Nicheflix isn't around anymore.) It would also be nice to find a place that rents non-R1 avant-garde cinema on DVD so I don't have to pay full price and buy the DVD's (e.g. from Europe)...

February 25, 2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Oggs Cruz said...

I have a deadline this Wednesday and I'm still idly browsing blogs, I admire your sense of responsibility girish.

I'm working on a paper on constitutional issues regarding the Philippines' censor board's (MTRCB). I hope to have it published in the Philippine Law Journal, but given three days to do it, I'm starting to doubt.

Good luck.

February 26, 2007 1:36 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Oggs, it took me years to realize (or should I say accept) that I'm terrible under pressure--I fall apart! Which is why I have to plan ahead a bit....Good luck with your article!

February 26, 2007 7:02 AM  
Blogger girish said...

-- Wow. Great Cassavetes post at Andy Rector's by guest blogger Charles Leary.
-- At Mubarak's: Philippe Grandrieux.
-- At Pilgrim Akimbo: Hitchcock.

February 26, 2007 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Darn, I didn't know that Nicheflix closed up! Check to see if GreenCine still rents non R1 DVDs. I also found a site called, but I found searching for titles to be counter-intuitive compared to the other sites.

February 26, 2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous jim emerson said...

Sometimes I just go ahead and buy stuff, especially from from sites in the UK like this one:

February 26, 2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Peter and Jim -- Thanks for the tips. I didn't know about either of those sites!

There's an article on Shohei Imamura by Terrence Rafferty in the NYT.

And a new issue of Offscreen.

Starting today till the end of the week, it'll be a challenge to both teach and write intensively each day. They seem to require such different energies and temparements when it comes down to actually performing the activities...

February 27, 2007 6:17 AM  
Blogger girish said...

-- Great, epic Andy Horbal post about teaching film through a "not-film," TV footage of a sports game...
-- Steve Shaviro has a post on Jonathan Beller's book, The Cinematic Mode of Production. I picked up this book last week--it looks daunting but fascinating.
-- Todd Haynes' Superstar can be viewed in its entirety on Google video. (via Weeping Sam).
-- Harry Tuttle: Painting and Cinema.

February 27, 2007 10:33 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Both Acquarello and Zach report from Film Comment Selects.

February 27, 2007 10:39 PM  
Blogger Ed Garrity said...

I haven't been at your blogsite in ages but I thought I'd cruise over. I find that I miss your creative, abstract sketches.

Good luck with the conference writing! See you at the brain factory.

March 01, 2007 7:20 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey there, Ed...

Okay, the end is near, light at the end of the tunnel, etc.

Itching to get back to the blogosphere. Hope to be back with a post tomorrow...

March 01, 2007 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Aaron Hillis said...

Yo, Girish. Thanks for linking to my recent endeavors, and sorry I haven't been polite enough to comment or email (between Benten, preparing Fish Kill Flea for SXSW, and the freelance hustle, it's been a madhouse in the home office -- I mean, will I ever get up my Berlinale Part II post? Time will tell).

Also wanted to thank you for posting all that Cahiers du Cinema info, which was a HUGE help for my interview with editor-in-chief Jean-Michel Frodon this week. Seriously.

But my most exciting news this morning is that I just got off the phone with Paul Verhoeven, and you'll be happy to know that he has indeed heard of the notorious Showgirls Blog Orgy. He said he's thankful that what was once called a failure has even been considered for re-evaluation. He had his assistant write down all the info... maybe he'll comment?

Best of luck in getting out from under your workload, G!

March 02, 2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Hey Girish, I thought it was going to run next week but SF360 elected to post my five favorite blogs-with-a-gimmick entry today and it felt real good to reach out to my new audience with a tip of the hat to your site. You excel at underscoring that what makes the blog phenomenon noteworthy is precisely its sociality and reciprocity. Bloggers who spend all their time writing about their own opinions without rarely offering a comment elsewhere don't cut it in my book. You have been loyal to each and every individual on your blogroll, frequently stopping by my site to offer encouragement and a word or two, when you are already way pressed for time on your own. Thank you for remaining a sterling representative of what is truly democratic about internet journalism.

March 02, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Aaron, wow--you're busy as a bee! I'd love to read those interviews with Frodon and Verhoeven. Maybe you could drop me a line when (and if) they are on-line, so I can link to them...and thank you for stopping in.

Michael, that was sweet and generous of you. Congrats again on joining SF360 (and I love that pic, by the way).

Yeah, I love the social aspect of mutual teaching and learning we have the potential to do in the blogosphere. Seriously: I've learned more about cinema in the last couple of years of blogging (from reading, writing and interacting with others) than I had in many years prior. Not to mention that socializing (both 'really' and 'virtually') can be a lot of fun....

March 02, 2007 10:44 PM  

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