Anyway, last night I learned that emjay42 proposed to exairian, which means that Matt is the first person I grew up with and whom I actually care about to be engaged (no Josh, Lord Joe doesn't count because as soon as he was married, he disappeared off the face of the earth. Paul doesn't count either, because, well, he just doesn't.). I'm not good at the whole engagement congratulations thing, so: Congrats, you two! Blah blah blah blah blah what a lucky guy blah blah blah blah blah what a lucky gal blah blah blah blah blah much happiness blah blah blah blah blah oven cleaner.
I also watched Tetsuo, an incredibly strange Japanese film from the late 80s which is definitely worth checking out. The plot? A guy and his girlfriend are driving and accidentally run over a metal fetishist. They dispose of his body, and the next morning the guy is shaving and discovers that through some freak of karmic vengeance, one of the hairs in his beard is now a wire. Over the course of the movie he and everything he touches turns into metal. Rockets grow out of his feet. He acquires magnetic qualities. His girlfriend grows what appears to be a vacuum cleaner attachment between her legs, which leads to the most unpleasant forced sodomy scene ever filmed. If it were an American film, the MPAA wouldn't let it pass with an R rating. As it stands, it's the kind of thing David Cronenberg would be doing if he hadn't started making genuinely good movies.
All of this is accompanied by a loud, pounding pre-sequencing industrial soundtrack, and some of the weirdest camera work I have ever seen. It looks as if it was shot on handheld, and whomever was holding the camera was just pointing it in the general direction of the action, not really paying attention to whether it was right-side-up or not. That's not an objection, though -- it looks really good, and certainly doesn't smack of the "let's flesh out the boring parts with weird camera angles" attitude for which I blame Sam Raimi (one of the only directors who does it right).
If you have 67 minutes to spare and you weren't turned off by the last two paragraphs, Tetsuo is worth your time. And don't listen to those idiots who compare it to Eraserhead or call it live-action anime. The first kind of idiot can't get past the fact that both films were shot in black and white, and the second kind of idiot has only experienced Japanese culture via animation. I've been threatening for a couple of years now to put together a festival of short feature films for Not Them Productions, and Tetsuo will probably be on the list... along with Eraserhead and Dark Star.
Speaking of NTP, I'm visiting Tom in Janesville tonight. He's coming to Madison for the Wisconsin Film Festival this weekend, and needs a place to crash on Saturday night, so I've offered our couch. How he's going to get here and back... I have no idea. I hope he doesn't expect me to pick him up, but if he didn't already have it all worked out, I think he'd have mentioned it to me by now. Needless to say, I'll probably see a few shows at the Festival. Pre-orders for tickets are accepted until 8:00 PM tomorrow, so I'm cutting it a little close, but first I'd like to conference with Tom who has actually knows about the films being shown.