Seven Facts

OK, so Dan the Man tagged me a few days ago in another of these answer some questions about yourself things. I’ve been putting this off for way too long because this isn’t really the kind of thing I enjoy doing, but in an effort to give those reading a bit of background on where I’m coming from, here’s seven wonderful facts about yours truly.

1. Like lots of others, I am obsessed with music in its varying forms. The band I listen to the most by far is Phish. I’ve been a fan for about 6-7 years, but I didn’t get really hardcore about them until a couple of years ago. It’s hard for me to nail them down as my favorite but I definitely get the most enjoyment out of their music. They can pick me out of any poor mood I’m experiencing like no other band. No one can touch them improvisationally, but they never get enough credit in the mainstream for the amount of badass they are. Oh well, more for me. I also enjoy The Who, Neil Young, Iron Maiden, Fela Kuti and a multitude of others.

2. When I was a kid I was obsessed with PC adventure games. Specifically the Space Quest series, but also Police Quest, King’s Quest and a few of the LucasArts games like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and the Monkey Island games. I still play them from time to time and enjoy every minute of it.

3. I collect 45s of old funk and soul music. I also greatly enjoy the Daptone Record label of new groups such as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (whose version of This Land is Your Land opens “Up in the Air”), the Budos Band and others who strive to keep the sounds of funk and soul alive.

4. My favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick & Akira Kurosawa. The Coen Bros are top-notch when they’re on their game too. Samuel Fuller is a new favorite over the last couple of years. I’m a big Woody Allen fan too.

5. I love James Bond. I’ve seen all the movies and enjoyed a good portion of them. I see them as big budget B-pictures. I’m also reading the Fleming novels and enjoying them quite a bit as well. They might make you like the films less though, as the stories are better, but I am willing to let Bond exist as separate entities in print and film.

6. I credit Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with opening my eyes fully to the power of filmmaking and specifically to the power of the director to control the viewer’s experience through his choices. It remains one of my most favorite films and I love it more every time I see it. A couple of years back I had the pleasure of seeing it on the big screen in 70mm and that was truly something to behold. Until you see something of this caliber in a theatre, you really have no idea how great film can be.

I had a similar experience when I got to see another of my favorites, Once Upon a Time in the West on the big screen. The tension was so thick I could have swam through the air like Scrooge McDuck swims through gold. It was so much more brilliant in the large form that I’m afraid to watch it on DVD because I don’t want to tarnish the experience I had.

7. I’m a huge sci-fi nerd but I am endlessly frustrated by the general lack of quality and imagination in sci-fi films these days. One of the best books I’ve read in the last few years was Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. If they made that into a good movie I would be in heaven.

I’m the kind of person that stops chain letters, but I’ll resist the urge and link a few peoples. If you’ve already done it, I apologize.

Kevin @ The Pork Chop Express
James @ Cinema Sights
JP @ JP’s I’m Outta Here Movie Thoughts

You’re on in one, Mr. Bo-Djangos! Don’t forget! A Fistful of Djangos, our look at eight classic spaghetti westerns starts tomorrow, Monday July 5th! Be there!

10 comments to Seven Facts

  • Silver, you forgot to mention that you are a prolific writer who can turn over reviews like nobody’s business. As you know I am not much for Kubrick, but I sure am with you on Once Upon a Time in the West, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and of course the legendary Sergio Leone. I have never had the pleasure of seeing that piece of film history on the big screen–I am green with envy.

    I share your admiration for Akira Kurosawa and the Coen Brothers. I think Kurosawa should have been declared a national treasure by Japan and if noting else Coen Brothers movies always have a decent storyline.

    I too am a bit of a privacy fan and admire your courageous stand in putting this information out there for consumption. Here is a bit of information on me from an interview

    • Thanks man. I try to keep the level of quality up as I pump them out, but sometimes I doubt myself.

      Neat article. I am so with you on not watching broadcast TV, instead choosing season DVDs of shows you enjoy. It’s the way to go because just about everything on TV is trash these days. I have a storage problem too, but I started donating some of my DVDs I never watch to the local library. It’s fun to think of them out in the wild, being watched.

  • You should connect with Univarn from A Life in Equinox. He is obsessed with Akira Kurosawa as well! I totally agree with you on #7. It’s really perplexing how uncreative this field (and most of Hollywood) has been even though there is no bounds to the imagination in sci-fi!

    • Cool, I’ll have to investigate the Univarn connection. (Sounds like a Hitchcock plot…)

      Sci-Fi films are so frustrating. There’s very few good ones. Hollywood thinks future action=sci-fi. Moon was pretty good for the most part, even if it does rip on 2001 for the opening act. You’re right that their lack of imagination extends beyond sci-fi. They should just be called RemakeWood these days because that’s like 80% of the movies now. I know there’s good scripts out there, but I bet they can’t sell them because the suits say they aren’t marketable. Oh well.

  • I went through that adventure game phase too and loved Monkey Island, as well as Day of the Tentacle. Using the time machine to turn the wine into vinegar and then feeling a sense of achievement that you figured that out – There is no better feeling!
    Good choice of music for no. 1.

  • Going to see Phish play at Jones Beach in Long Island for the second year in a row in August. Cannot effing wait. And I’ve had 2001 and Once Upon a Time in the West (best Western of all-time) starting me in the face from my bookshelf over the TV for ages now. High time I gave them a refresher watch. A solid 7, man. Might have to finally play Monkey Island now.

Leave a Reply! Comments are always much appreciated!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.