Monthly Archives: February 2019

Viewing Diary January 2019

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Shinbone Alley (1970), directed by John David Wilson

Don Marquis wrote a newspaper serial throughout the ’20s that became a Broadway musical in the ’50s, and the latter turned into this cheap cartoon a decade later. Its saga of cockroach Archy and kitty Mehitabel is strictly episodic. The bug dwells on his feline friend’s sex life as they loiter in trash cans. Sometimes they’ll sing tuneless ditties barely adapted from Marquis’s free verse. The voice work is strident, especially Carol Channing as Mehitabel. Interludes based on Archy’s poems venture into psychedelia with loops of pink and yellow. One highlight of the animation is an homage to Krazy Kat artist George Herriman. But the bulk of the film is a hash of garbled misogyny. The stop-start pacing makes its hour and a half stretch into an eternity.

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On Viewing Habits

’50s sci-fi movie This Island Earth

Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll list off every decade from the 1910s to the 2010s. 100+ years. I’ll go backwards through the movies I’ve been watching and cross off each decade represented, until only one remains. Then I’ll think, “Oh, I guess it’s been a while since I watched something from the ’40s; what’s still out there?”

I keep lists, dozens of ’em. Not just by year or decade but by director, genre, topic, critical champion, or nebulous mood. None of this is necessary, but it does bring me pleasure. I love to build taxonomies of the unseen.

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sick day, sick life

[cw: mental illness, suicidal ideation, trauma]

it’s been a really long time and i’m a very different person than the last time i posted anything on here. pussy goes grrr will be ten years old this april. i will be thirty this may. i’ve looked forward to being thirty with an unreasonable intensity since my early twenties. my thirties have to be different than my twenties, i’ve told myself for years, they just have to be. i can’t go on like this if they’re not. 

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