February 24, 2014

The Dog Farm Is Addicted To Porn

     I'm bracing myself for the artificially inflated number of hits I'm expecting based upon the presence of the word porn in the headline.  Made you look, you filthy bastard!  Of course, I suppose the fact that I identified with the porn-addicted Guido in writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt's recent Don Jon (2013) isn't really news.  What is worthy of note is that Gordon-Levitt's feature directorial debut is assured, thoroughly entertaining, and not nearly as off-putting as one might expect given the hook.  While it's obviously not a genre movie, I felt compelled to share my appreciation here anyway.  Any movie that prompts a reappraisal of co-star Julianne Moore's infamous full-frontal assault in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993) deserves a nod.


     I also wanted to let it be known that posts here at the Dog Farm will likely be few and far between for a while.  My mother has suffered a broken hip, and much of my free time is no longer free.  Please take the opportunity to dig through the archives in the meantime.  Also, I'm looking forward to programming some movies for my buddy Phil at the real life Dog Farm at the end of May.  I'll share more as we get closer to the event.


Harold Ramis 1944-2014
Harold Ramis (1944-2014)
     Lastly, I heard through the Facebook grapevine just an hour or so ago that Harold Ramis, a man who had a hand in just about every classic comedy produced in my lifetime, has passed away at the age of 69.  His legacy will live on for years to come . . . so he's got that going for him, which is nice.  Thank you, Mr. Ramis, for a lifetime of laughs.  Rest in peace.


5 comments:

  1. I've heard good things about that flick. Hope your mother recovers quickly!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifurla! She's doing well so far.

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  2. Ramis' death hurt. He was a great guy, and accomplished director, and an under-appreciated talent. Getting a movie made is as tough as a shuttle launch. Getting a great movie made is near impossible. Harold Ramis made movies that were genuinely funny and truly iconic. Ghostbusters. Caddyshack. Vacation. Groundhog Day. These are three of the greatest in their genre, and they all are because of Ramis.
    Ghostbusters got me hooked on the supernatural and horror. Hell, it made me love movies.
    I always dreamed of working with Ramis one day on a film. Now I will dream of one day making a film and dedicating it to him.

    RIP, Egon.

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    1. Damn it you made me look. Don Jon is a movie I really want to see. I think JoeGo is a very talented cat. I hope your mom gets better and I will await your return

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    2. Ramis' death struck me a lot like John Hughes passing away. In both cases I had never really given a great deal of conscious consideration to how much the work of either of these men had really meant to me. I'm just old enough to be in that sweet spot where the movies of these two men were a huge part of my youth, and in both cases it was like a punch to the gut to hear they'd passed. Neither has an obvious successor amongst the "young 'uns" making films today. Bill Murray got the glory, but Ramis was the brilliant writer, director, and actor that always gave Murray the spotlight in which to shine. We've all lost a friend.

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