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Musing on things other than media (and also some media)

Soon, I’ll return to archiving my work here. The new owner of California Literary Review originally expressed interest in employing us writers, but it turns out he’s just milking the now-defunct site for the (rather unimpressive) ad dollars. It makes me sad and more than a little angry that my work’s in the hands of someone with whom I’ve never even corresponded. C’est la vie.

Skydiving

I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.

I haven’t been consuming media at nearly the rate I was a few months ago; instead I’ve been vacationing, gathering new creatures, and being an adrenaline junkie.

Golden Gate

A little wine-drunk, a little wind-beaten.

I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge, which I actually think was more stressful for someone who a) is extremely wary of other people, and b) had not been on a bicycle in at least 15 years, than skydiving was. Nonetheless, I am absolutely, 100% in love with northern California. When I was in San Francisco with family as a teenager, I felt at peace there. The same is true as an adult – despite the many drawbacks of living there, I clove the electric hum and drone of the city, which seems a living animal. The whistling wind as it sluices through those massive hills is a siren song, even if it’d likely mean cutting my hair to avoid tangles. I feel drawn to the chilly air even in midsummer, to the pleasing anonymity, to the dank whoosh of Muni trains and the abundance of beautiful places tucked into secret niches. I feel at home amidst the vast, unending mishmash of people. I don’t hold out much hope, but I’m applying for jobs in the next few weeks and we’ll see if anything sticks.

Wine country!

Because being in and around SF makes me feel like this.

I got a kitten. His name is Oliver, and he sleeps like a dude.

Oliver

Straight loungin’.

In actual media news, I am that fucking loser who likes going to movies alone (especially horror), so I took myself on a matinee date to The Conjuring. I came out of a solo show of Sinister (link to CLR review here – pardon the messy look of it) jangling with nerves, loving every minute of it. I saw Paranormal Activity and Dark Skies by myself, too – but they were hardly satisfying. Insidious left me thrilled and mildly spooked, and The Conjuring left me feeling similarly. Read more

Credit Where Credit’s Due: “Dexter” Main Titles (1/5/11)

Welcome to The Fourth Wall’s newest blog series, Credit Where Credit’s Due, which will focus on memorable TV and film credit sequences. In particular, we’ll spotlight credits that excel in distilling the show’s or movie’s content into a few-minutes-long sequence, or main titles that have become an indelible part of media history. Sometimes the credits of a TV show or film are so good they’ll play over and over in your head–and yet you probably have no idea who’s responsible for them.

Any film fanatic or avid TV watcher has a brain full of trivia: actors, directors, producers, composers, guest stars, plot points. But most of us aren’t running around with the knowledge that Kyle Cooper directed Se7en‘s unforgettable credit sequence before the artist founded (and subsequently left) the company Imaginary Forces, or that Saul Bass is the artist behind Anatomy of a Murder‘s classic credits. Even the Wikipedia page on Emmy Awards for Main Titles doesn’t list companies or names! So let’s give them credit for work amazingly done.

Orson Welles is CLAPPING

Kane thinks these deserve a round of applause.

First off:

“Dexter” Main Titles: Digital Kitchen

Digital Kitchen is responsible for some of the smartest and most artful main title sequences in the last decade, but “Dexter”‘s titles stand out among them. The show’s credit sequence won an Emmy in 2007, so we bloggers aren’t the only ones who noticed. I figure it’s worth reiterating, though: when looking for a credit sequence that features incredible music, fantastic imagery, and manages to fascinate you and make you cringe at the same time, “Dexter” is the place to go.

Michael C. Hall as Dexter in Dexter title sequence

Hall: father, lover, murderer.

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Blog: Discussion: The Best TV of the Last Fifteen Years (5/4/10)

TV: Is it making us dumber, and how is it changing? (Aside from the fact that the one pictured is totally obsolete.)

Confession: I don’t enjoy American sitcoms. I hate the laugh tracks, the halogen lighting, the goofy scene changes, and the heartwarming music that always plays when Betty learns an IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON. I do not like “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld,” or “Frasier.” The hilarious hijinx and capers characters get up to just aren’t my thing, and the family-oriented format of most TV doesn’t allow writers to tackle subject matter that’s interesting to me. It took until college to realize I hate the series format, in which one episode doesn’t lead to the next. I prefer the serial format wherein you can’t miss an episode without completely losing track of the show’s trajectory. Luckily TV has changed drastically in the last few years, seemingly to fit people like me!

There are exceptions to the sitcom rule, of course. I don’t mind watching “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and if “Scrubs” is on I won’t change the channel. “Roseanne” is one of the best written sitcoms out there, and I’ll fight you on it. Despite Roseanne Barr’s obnoxiously nasal voice, those were reasonable characters who lived a middle-class life and responded to situations the way, you know, real people would (I also related to Darlene the same way I related to MTV’s Daria). “Community” is hilarious (also, notably doesn’t feature a laugh track). Good writing + Danny Pudi + Joel McHale = a winner.

McHale and Pudi in “Community.”

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