Now I Am Awake

Tiny, transcendent pieces of rapture and magic from We Have Embarked's Zachary Goldberg.
"Each film, you see, has its moment of contact, of human communication. A tiny moment in each film, but the crucial one. What matters most of all in life is being able to make that contact with another human. Otherwise you are dead, like so many people today are dead. But if you can take that first step toward communication, toward understanding, toward love, then no matter how difficult the future may be—and have no illusions, even with all the love in the world, living can be hellishly difficult—then you are saved. This is all that really matters, isn’t it?" - Ingmar Bergman
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Great interview with Bergman via Cinephilia and Beyond.

"Each film, you see, has its moment of contact, of human communication. A tiny moment in each film, but the crucial one. What matters most of all in life is being able to make that contact with another human. Otherwise you are dead, like so many people today are dead. But if you can take that first step toward communication, toward understanding, toward love, then no matter how difficult the future may be—and have no illusions, even with all the love in the world, living can be hellishly difficult—then you are saved. This is all that really matters, isn’t it?" - Ingmar Bergman

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Great interview with Bergman via Cinephilia and Beyond.

Was there ever an actress, a star, with such an indelible presence as Ms. Katherine Hepburn? Unmatched in radiance, vivaciousness, spirit, and a wonderful kind of peculiarity. Oh, and she was strikingly beautiful to boot. 

Was there ever an actress, a star, with such an indelible presence as Ms. Katherine Hepburn? Unmatched in radiance, vivaciousness, spirit, and a wonderful kind of peculiarity. Oh, and she was strikingly beautiful to boot. 

"Children see without any kind of judgment. They see the same things, but it’s very magical. They try to make sense of it. And it’s more like a dream. And hopefully it’s a beautiful dream.” - David Lynch

"Children see without any kind of judgment. They see the same things, but it’s very magical. They try to make sense of it. And it’s more like a dream. And hopefully it’s a beautiful dream.” - David Lynch

The Searchers (1956) dir. John Ford and Seven Samurai (1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa

"Kurosawa, they said to him, ‘How did you learn? Did you study any particular painters? Were there Japanese painters? European painters?’ And he said, ‘I study John Ford.’"

pablo picasso. 1949.
painting with light. what do you see?

pablo picasso. 1949.

painting with light. what do you see?

“Can I tell one quick story? It has to do with why we all sit around talking about movies so much. What is it we like about the movies? I was sitting with Jimmy Stewart one time and we got on to the subject of movies and the effect they have on people. And Jimmy told me this story: “‘We were shooting a picture in Colorado. We broke for lunch, and it was the usual terrible box lunch. And this guy, an older fella, who’d been watching us, he comes over to me and says, ‘You Stewart?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘You said a poem once in a picture. That was good.’ And I said, ‘Thank you very much.’ That was all he said and he walked away. And I knew just what scene he meant – it was a scene in a picture made 20 years before, and it was just about a minute, and he’d remembered it all these years. And I thought, that’s the wonderful thing about movies. Because if you’re good, and you’re lucky enough to have a personality that comes across, then what you’re doing is, you’re giving people little tiny pieces of time that they never forget.’ Isn’t that a great description of movies?” - Peter Bogdanovich invoking Jimmy Stewart on cinema.

“Can I tell one quick story? It has to do with why we all sit around talking about movies so much. What is it we like about the movies? I was sitting with Jimmy Stewart one time and we got on to the subject of movies and the effect they have on people. And Jimmy told me this story: “‘We were shooting a picture in Colorado. We broke for lunch, and it was the usual terrible box lunch. And this guy, an older fella, who’d been watching us, he comes over to me and says, ‘You Stewart?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘You said a poem once in a picture. That was good.’ And I said, ‘Thank you very much.’ That was all he said and he walked away. And I knew just what scene he meant – it was a scene in a picture made 20 years before, and it was just about a minute, and he’d remembered it all these years. And I thought, that’s the wonderful thing about movies. Because if you’re good, and you’re lucky enough to have a personality that comes across, then what you’re doing is, you’re giving people little tiny pieces of time that they never forget.’ Isn’t that a great description of movies?” - Peter Bogdanovich invoking Jimmy Stewart on cinema.

Raging Bull (1980) dir. Martin Scorsese
“And though I’m no Olivier, if he fought Sugar Ray, he would say that the thing ain’t the ring, it’s the play. So give me a stage, where this bull here can rage. And though I could fight, I’d much rather recite… “That’s Entertainment.”

Raging Bull (1980) dir. Martin Scorsese

And though I’m no Olivier, if he fought Sugar Ray, he would say that the thing ain’t the ring, it’s the play. So give me a stage, where this bull here can rage. And though I could fight, I’d much rather recite… “That’s Entertainment.”

"The ‘Busy’ Trap’ by Tim Kreider
“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”
We’ve created this prison that we’re all very proud of. “Busyness.” We’re both the inmates and the guards and we can’t escape from it. 
"I’m too busy" is my least favorite response to receive from friends when attempting to plan something. You can’t convince me that you’ll be so monumentally busy over a three month span that you can’t afford to spare two hours for a cup of coffee or a beer. 
I’ve felt for a while that drama (or busyness) is something we create to make our lives more interesting than they actually are. Because if you’re not constantly “busy” you may be confronted with either emptiness or  loneliness.. and that can be a difficult thing to confront. 
You have to start asking the real questions: Who am I? What am I really passionate about? What do I believe in? What are my values? Who do I care about?
"Life is too short to be busy," Kreider writes. He’s correct. Time to play.

"The ‘Busy’ Trap’ by Tim Kreider

Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

We’ve created this prison that we’re all very proud of. “Busyness.” We’re both the inmates and the guards and we can’t escape from it. 

"I’m too busy" is my least favorite response to receive from friends when attempting to plan something. You can’t convince me that you’ll be so monumentally busy over a three month span that you can’t afford to spare two hours for a cup of coffee or a beer.

I’ve felt for a while that drama (or busyness) is something we create to make our lives more interesting than they actually are. Because if you’re not constantly “busy” you may be confronted with either emptiness or  loneliness.. and that can be a difficult thing to confront.

You have to start asking the real questions: Who am I? What am I really passionate about? What do I believe in? What are my values? Who do I care about?

"Life is too short to be busy," Kreider writes. He’s correct. Time to play.

My Brother, Teddy dir. Kelly O’Brien

To be able to reflect and invoke the beauty of life in under six minutes is a masterful feat. This is an absolutely breathtaking short piece of cinema.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) dir. Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman
"Meet me in Montauk."
Difficult to believe this film came out 10 years ago today, March 19, 2004. On first viewing, in the middle years of my teenage life, it was nearly impossible to process the emotional experience. It was almost as if I was being given a sneak preview to the beautiful complexities and challenges of relationships. How scary and, in many ways, completely insane it is to put your faith, trust, and love in another human being. A melancholy exercise and examination of love lost and the struggle to hold on even after its irrevocably broken, the film may explore dream-like worlds, but it’s wholly grounded in an emotional reality that’s reflective of our lives.
It ultimately reminds one of the joke Woody Allen shares at the end of Annie Hall:
"A guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, hey doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken. Then the doc says, why don’t you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) dir. Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman

"Meet me in Montauk."

Difficult to believe this film came out 10 years ago today, March 19, 2004. On first viewing, in the middle years of my teenage life, it was nearly impossible to process the emotional experience. It was almost as if I was being given a sneak preview to the beautiful complexities and challenges of relationships. How scary and, in many ways, completely insane it is to put your faith, trust, and love in another human being. A melancholy exercise and examination of love lost and the struggle to hold on even after its irrevocably broken, the film may explore dream-like worlds, but it’s wholly grounded in an emotional reality that’s reflective of our lives.

It ultimately reminds one of the joke Woody Allen shares at the end of Annie Hall:

"A guy walks into a psychiatrist’s office and says, hey doc, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken. Then the doc says, why don’t you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”