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Sunday, May 03, 2021

Imagine my amazement to find out recently that Straight Edge, basically a Puritanical strain of punk attitude that originated at the start of my teen years, somehow is still around a couple of decades later.

I never would have bet on the nonconformist abstinence from drugs, alcohol, sex, and general fun persisting for so long. For what it’s worth, when I was growing up, teen Straight Edgers paradoxically tended to be an unstable lot: They’d adhere to their strictures all right, but with a practically addictive mania that made you figure they’d snap at any given moment (and they often did).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/03/2021 08:16pm
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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I pride myself on having enough hipster cred to have recognized just who was being described in this New York Times mock-memo to Hollywood studio heads:

You all keep trying to make Rock Hudson-Doris Day-style romantic comedies with the golden guys and gals of the moment, and the results are sexless, subtextless, bland career-girl-in-search-of-Mr.-Right retreads. Meanwhile, a bunch of hungry directors with digital cameras, time on their hands and not much money are making free-form studies about tentative hookups and long conversations among actual, overeducated, undermotivated young folks.

Hollywood, it’s time to co-opt those dudes! Give them enough money for song credits and some production values and let them reinvent movie romance for this age of diffident couplings and vigorous social networking. And dudes, remember: you’re never too young or too hip to sell out.

Although maybe typical development hell and mumblecore ethos simply don’t mix:

But Hollywood may not have the patience for Bujalski, Swanberg and the others. Their stories need room to stretch. They don’t scream big box-office weekend, but more like a patient platform release. And while the fits-and-starts of awkward conversation are the tools of their drama, they themselves may have no patience for the confusing, black hole conversations involved in some studio development. These filmmakers want to keep making films, not conference call about it endlessly.

And I would bet that many of these filmmakers have gone down this intensely frustrating development road with Hollywood and, quite rightly, figured that they could have made a movie in the time they were waiting for a call-back.

I guess none of that really matters, since it appears that mumblecore played itself out a couple of years ago anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/03/2021 04:27pm
Category: Movies
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Having been exposed to an inordinate amount of inspirational/motivational quotations of late, I’ve somehow absorbed and re-synthesized them into an original aphorism of my own.

At least, I’m pretty sure it’s my own original. I’ve search-engined around and can’t find anything close to this, so somehow, despite what I consider to be an obvious sentiment, I’m the first to express it. Here it is:

A promise is the only thing in the world that is easier to give than it is to keep.

Feel free to spread this wondrous word, assigning full credit to me, of course.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/03/2021 11:28am
Category: Creative, Wordsmithing
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