F&C1922: Foolish Wives

It’s funny how Erich von Stroheim looks just like his name sounds.

Bloopers! Now he’s got an arm band…

Now he doesn’t! Oh the humanity!

I wish people would stop making interlaced DVDs. I mean, mplayer de-interlaces them just fine, but it means that the vertical resolution is, in effect, half of what it should be. It’s annoying.

I listened to Windowpane instead of the soundtrack.

I found this film quite intriguing. So many odd things happens. It might just be all the mojitos talking, but I was going “wha? whaaa?” quite a bit, here.

It’s good.

Foolish Wives. Erich Von Stroheim. 1922.

More Mojito

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Useful Consumer Review

I’m travelling next month, so I thought it would be nice to have a really lightweight disk to carry movies around with. On. In. After. Under. <PREPOSITION>.

So I got this rather spiffy-looking USB3 SSD:

_1310154It shows up in Linux as

[30759.597367] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access Samsung Portable SSD T1 0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 6

but tells the OS that it’s a CD-ROM.  Nobody has written a usb_modeswitch script for it, so the only way to make it work is to insert it into a Windows machine, click through the installer (disabling the encryption), and then it’ll show up as a mass storage device the next time you plug it in.

That’s rather annoying.

It is really lightweight:

_131015226 grams.  But what about that USB cable?

_131015312 grams.  So you basically increase its weight by 40% if you want to use it…

Otherwise, it seems fine.  It’s quite snappy.  I get read speeds of 360 MB/s when accessing large files on an ext4 file system, which is way way way more than you need to watch films…

F&C1924: Greed

Like… he was there?! On the set!? Man.

Hey, this one doesn’t have an overly jaunty soundtrack… It’s more like a… er… slightly modernist jazzist thing…

Who am I to criticise this classic? I don’t know anything about nothing. But I still think this film sucked. And I doubt the original eight hour version was any better.

There were scenes I liked, though. Like the final birdy scene, for instance. I kinda teared up. But… I’m a patient guy… but for long stretches I didn’t find anything compelling here. Sorree!

Greed. Erich von Stroheim. 1924.

Bailey’s Comet

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F&C1925: The Lost World

That has to be the worst blackface in the history of blackface.

I listened to Thighpaulsandra instead of the overly jaunty soundtrack.

Well… I kinda liked this film. It’s really quite wonky in places, and it seems to be edited by someone who doesn’t mind repetitious scenes. (This is a “restored” versjon created by adding all scenes that existed in eight different versions found.) But it’s kinda charming. It’s not a good film, but it’s a likable film.

I googled it right now, and it seems like the word “tedious” is used to describe it quite often. And that’s the 60 minute version. I’m watching the 90 minute version.

The Lost World. Harry O. Hoyt. 1925.

Pisco Sour

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F&C1927: It

This DVD had a soundtrack, but it was kinda annoying, so I switched to Coil again.

I’ve heard Clara Bow’s name, of course, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a film before. She’s rather smashing, eh?

The film is rather nonsensical.

It. Clarence G. Badger. 1927.

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