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Ripples, ripples…

Because I’m still playing catchup from my week of hospitalization, the capsule reviews normally scheduled for today will be pushed back until after catchup is complete.

Service Restored

Well, folks, your favorite goat has returned from his unscheduled vacation. (For the record, I did not have the opportunity to weave a single basket.) I have some catch-up to do that will hopefully happen over the next two or three days.


A Minor Interruption in Service

Just when the excuses-excuses tag had finally fallen off the most used tags list. I’ll be gone for a bit…not exactly sure of the duration. See you on the other side.


1000-Best and 100-Worst-List Changes, March 2013

1000 Best


Coming to Terms (Jon Jost, 2012) 95
Ballet Mecanique (Fernand Leger and Dudley Morris, 1924) 292
A Short Love Story in Stop Motion (Carlos Lascano, 2008) 430
WNUF Halloween Special (Chris LaMartina et al., 2013) 568
All the Vermeers in New York (Jon Jost, 1990) 572
Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome (Slavoljub Vorkapic, 1940) 675
A Legy (Ferenc Rofusz, 1980) 795
A Retour a Raison (Man Ray, 1923) 808
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima, 1983) 867


The Thing from Another World (Christian Nyby, 1951)
Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story (John Iwanicki, 2006)
Goth Cruise (Jeannie Finlay, 2008)
Storm (Hans-Christian Schmid, 2009)
Camp Slaughter (Alex Pucci, 2005)
Philosophy of a Knife (Andrey Iskanov, 2008)
Turistas (John Stockwell, 2007)
Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011)
The Tall Man (Pascal Laugier, 2012)


100 Worst


Bad Girl Island (Stewart Raffill, 2007) 1
Super Buddies (Robert Vince, 2013) 62
Middle Skool Skanks (No director listed, 2002) 70


Reeker (Dave Payne, 2005)
100 Tears (Marcus Koch, 2007)
Biker Zombies from Detroit (Todd Brunswick, 2001)

1000 Best List Changes, February 2013

Din of Celestial Birds (E. Elias Merhige, 2006) 90
A Band Called Death (Corvino/Howlett, 2012) 108
Warrior (Gavin O’Connor, 2011) 246
Poseldni Trik Pana Schwarcewalldea a Pana Edgara (Jan Svankmaker, 1964) 492
Head Trauma (Lance Weiler, 2006) 625
Charade (John Minnis, 1984) 845
A Field in England (Ben Wheatley, 2013) 895
The Banshee Chapter (Blair Erickson, 2013) 908
La Puppe (Timothy Greenberg, 2003) 945

Stake Land (Jim Mickle, 2010)
Tuvalu (Veit Helmer, 1999)
Forget Me Not (Oliver Tyler, 2009)
The Passion of Ayn Rand (Christopher Menaul, 1999)
The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)
The Human Stain (Robert Benton, 2003)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Amy Heckerling, 1982)

An appeal to the masses.

Your favorite goat here with a public service announcement.

Stephen Petrus captured during a live performance.

Stephen Petrus.
photo credit: IMVDB

Stephen Petrus, the guy behind Murderous Vision, the head of the Live Bait Recording Foundation label, and one of my best friends, lost everything he owns in a house fire this morning. If you have any extra cash and appreciate excellent dark ambient and noise, please stop by the Murderous Vision bandcamp page and buy some stuff. (You will really want to grab the digital copies rather than the physical, since all the physical copies were of course lost in the fire.)

If you’re local, there is already talk of putting together a benefit show at the RCN Cave in Akron, OH, and I will update more on that as things firm up.

1000 Best List Changes, December 2013

(I really will get the list formatted and posted as a page. Real Soon Now. Honest.)

Rare Exports (87) (Jalmari Helander, 2010)
Mona Lisa (215) (Neil Jordan, 1986)
Silent Rain in the Ninth (279) (Jacob Rosenberg, 1999)
Phasma ex Machina (Ghost from the Machine) (625) (Matt Osterman, 2010)
American Mary (806) (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2012)
Dredd (921) (Pete Travis, 2012)

Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Hiroku Kaibyoden (The Haunted Castle) (Tokuzo Tanaka, 1969)
Spider Forest (Il-gon Song, 2004)
Boy Eats Girl (Stephen Bradley, 2005)
District 9 (Neil Blomkamp, 2009)
Dil Bole Hadippa! (Anurag Singh, 2009)